NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are denying an anonymously sourced ESPN report alleging that general manager Mickey Loomis' booth was wired so he could listen to opposing coaches' radio communications during games in the Superdome. The ESPN report says Loomis would have been able to eavesdrop on opponents from 2002 to 2004. The network could not determine if the system was ever used.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints' 2012 regular season bye comes in Week 6, meaning interim head coach Joe Vitt's six-game suspension won't end until after the Saints play at Tampa Bay in Week 7. The Saints open the regular season at home against Washington.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints are done with their first day of voluntary workouts and there was no sign of quarterback Drew Brees. Brees was in New York on Monday to join players' union officials at NFL offices to discuss the team's bounty program. It's not clear when Brees might join Saints teammates for workouts. He's seeking a long-term contract extension.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Offseason workouts are getting underway on Monday for the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees still hasn't committed to showing up. The star quarterback is looking for a long-term contract extension, while the team has slapped him with the franchise tag. That amounts to a one-year deal with no long-term security in the case of an injury.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to uphold his own ruling of the unprecedented suspensions he’s handed to Saints Coach Sean Payton and others in the bounty scandal. A sports law expert at Tulane University says there’s little else that can be done to avert the punishment.
Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 1:03 pm
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been "suspended for one season without pay for his involvement in the team's bounty program," NFL.com reports.
The team's former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, "has been suspended indefinitely." He ran the program that paid players bounties for hits that knocked opponents out of games. Williams left the Saints after last season to join the St. Louis Rams.
Football will be taking over New Orleans in the next few days. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and others are asking the public to plan for heavy traffic and massive crowds.
The Saints are getting ready for tomorrow's first-round playoff game with the Detroit Lions, while crowds continue celebrating ahead of Monday's BCS Championship. Mayor Landrieu says residents must be prepared to accommodate the quarter-million visitors.