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Sean Payton's courting of Bill Parcells to coach New Orleans Saints is defiant move toward NFL - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

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This is exactly what Payton did. While apologizing and doing the dance for Goodell, he has slyly sent messages that he does not agree. I have to believe he is not alone. Amid all moralizing about how Payton endangered players and kids and all that is good and holy, the truth is what he endangered was the games being played on Sundays to exorbitantly big crowds and for insane amounts of money. And that was really dangerous. In all likelihood an 18-game schedule is way more dangerous to overall player health than any bounties by Saints players. So when Goodell flexed his power, it was more about whatever the legal terminology is for making sure the ugly behavior on the lower levels never touches corporate. This all is a nice little debate about how much the league really wants to "help" former players unless, of course, you are Payton. The hypocrisy is probably a little harder to stomach if it is your career being put on hold so the commissioner can get a bunch of headlines about how much the league cares and how powerful he is. You can not win, so you slightly rebel.
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