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Fleur-de-Links: March 21, 2012



Why don't all of u and sapp ask all my teammates!!

FYI- was a great team mate

We need to stick together, the city of and the always have each others back.

Saints punishment all about NFL showing concern & taking action for player safety in light of retired player concussion lawsuits. Period.

Sources in New Orleans say Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael will replace Coach Payton as the Head Coach

Gregg Williams releases a statement. "I accept full responsibilities for my actions... I will continue to cooperate fully with the league."

Williams: "I will do everything possible to re-earn the respect of my colleagues, the NFL and its players in hopes of returning to coaching"

The mob soon will gather with torches.... RT : BOYCOTT JEFF DUNCAN

"Who Dats" sure do get off on misery don't they? Been waiting for the other shoe to drop since 1967. Time to find a third shoe, I guess.

This will make for a great story when we win it all this year... Coming back stronger...Again!

Rodger is going hard in the paint! To all my former teammates keep your head up y'all will make it through this

No 1 man should have all that POWER!...

Even the president of the united states has the possibility of impeachment!... What's wrong with this picture!

Hate to break it to you , Benson and the city will rally around Payton. So he'll still be around to talk down to you.

Former Saint Joe Horn says EVERY NFL team has a program like the Saints bounty program. Says in KC and ATL players were paid for cart offs.

RT : who get the 2nd round draft pick now that the saints are losing them? >> Nobody. draft slot forfeited

This is absolutely absurd! I'm speechless to say the least!

I am speechless. Sean Payton is a great man, coach, and mentor. The best there is. I need to hear an explanation for this punishment

Terrible day for the saints fan base! Ruling is very strong! Now it's imperative the saints get deal done with brees!

Regardless it's gonna be tough year with a QB whose has been a bit disrespected by stalled contract negotiations and loss of leadership!

Tough to agree with these suspensions

LB Jon Vilma, the only Saints player mentioned by name, likely in line for steep discipline as well. Saints have been searching for ILBs...

And may need to add at least one as protection if Vilma is lost for a significant period of time

My question is once Pete Carmichael coaches the to a 14-2 reg season and deep into the playoffs, will they even invite Payton back?

Can we all say

i thought goodell would come down hard on the saints and williams, but this goes beyond anything i envisioned. WOW!!!

Players facing potential discipline still under review

We take the good with the bad. You find out who's in and who's out and you go play ball. Its an attitude


Mike Freeman Dislikes Nerds, Especially Arrogant Nerd Tyrants | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Still, people like CBS Sports columnist Mike Freeman see great vision and wisdom in the act of punishing one team for the crimes of many. Just read this sh*tpile.

'Free Sean Payton' shirts hit local stores - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
After the NFL announced its punishment of the Saints head coach, local companies Dirty Coast and Fleurty Girl got busy creating shirts. Fleurty Girl has sold 500 of its designs in just three hours.

Sean Payton is first NFL head coach to be suspended for a season - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Several assistant coaches have faced shorter suspensions

St. Louis Rams Coach Jeff Fisher says he backs NFL on Gregg Williams' suspension - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Fisher says he was unaware of investigation when Williams was hired

New Orleans Saints still 'our team,' Gov. Bobby Jindal says, urges 'same accountability' across NFL |
He doesn't condone the kind of behavior detailed in NFL's report, though

Holy Cow: Reacting to the N.F.L.'s Punishment of the Saints -
The N.F.L.'s punishment of the New Orleans Saints has led to lively discussion on websites and Twitter.

Saints coach 'stunned' by year-long suspension (Updated 1:50 p.m.) - New Orleans Saints -
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is "stunned" by the a year-long suspension without pay handed down this morning by the NFL as a result of its investigation into the team's bounty program, according to sources who have talked to the coach.

Look On The Bright Side: The Saints Just Saved $10 Million
The NFL has come down hard on the Saints for their role in running a bounty program, and it's not cheap: the team must pay a fine of $500,000. But they'll recoup that easily, because head coach Sean Payton's one-year suspension is without pay. According to Jay Glazer, Payton's salary is about $8 million annually.

NFL Announces Management Discipline for New Orleans Saints

NFL instructs all teams to "ensure no bounty program exists." - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -

Brief statement from NFL Players Association on New Orleans Saints penalties - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
NFLPA has not yet commented on player discipline issue

Sean Payton stunned by suspension: "I’m not OK" | ProFootballTalk
Saints coach Sean Payton was shocked to find out today that he has been banished from the NFL for the entire 2012 season for his team's bounty scandal.


Saints Agree to Terms with DT Brodrick Bunkley

New Orleans Saints agree to five-year contract with defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Former Denver Broncos standout fills Saints most glaring need in middle of defensive line

Saints Nation: Saints Picking Offense Over Defense | March

Last call for Brees complaints! -- Gerry V |
It's time for a different flavor of sports talk

Pro Football Weekly breaks down free agency moves - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
They lead with the NFC South

New Orleans Saints face uphill battle in free agency
The New Orleans Saints have had difficulty in making any big signings in free agency.

New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees have no excuse for the delay in getting a new contract - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Peyton Manning and Denver came to a deal in a day or two

Sean Payton has bought a new house in Dallas - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
It's almost 8,000 square feet

Payton Manning signing with Denver makes opposing QB lineup imposing for the New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
The Saints face a murderers row of quarterbacks

Third Annual Heath Evans Softball Showdown Returns to New Orleans

"DEEP THOUGHTS" with Jabari Greer:

Out of Bounds ... by Jabari Greer "Saychel" - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
He writes about how his poem was portrayed in the form of a play