Mar 31st, 2012 by dmack
Saints hierarchy to appeal bounty penalties
In the NFL, delay of game costs you five yards. Appealing suspensions and penalties handed down by the NFL Commissioner’s Office buys you time to get your ducks in order before paying the piper for Bountygate. New Orlean’s HC Sean Payton, GM Mickey Loomis, assistant coach Joe Vitt, and the organization will all appeal their Bountygate penalties allowing the team more time to but their post-suspension plan in place which could include naming an interim coach.
While no relief is expected, Payton is expected to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell early this week to have the parameters of the suspension defined. Goodell has said that Payton would be able to have limited contact with the team but would not be able to coach from home. The suspensions were set to begin on April 1st but Goodell will allow Payton, Loomis, and Vitt to work through their appeals.
In other Bountygate related news
The rhetoric has begun between NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith and the league regarding player involvement and possible down-the-line penalties to be imposed on players. Smith has been both distrusting of the league’s evidence and its intent overall in the bounty case.
Said Smith to the union magazine ProPlayersInsider,
“Obviously, the first word that popped out to me was the word ‘determine,'” he said. “I’d much rather that be the word ‘discuss.’ As of yet, they haven’t turned over anything that we would consider to be direct evidence of player involvement in a ‘pay to injure’ scheme that we could consider for discipline. It’s very hard to have a productive discussion about punishment when one side has kept, to itself, all the information.
“What I would expect is to have a conversation soon and certainly it would be our expectation that the request for all information, as it relates to particular players, will be provided before any discipline takes place.
Stay tuned, Bountygate isn’t over by a longshot.
Ryan Leaf is arrested on drug, theft, and burglary charges
Ryan Leaf’s life post-NFL continues to nosedive. The second-overall pick in the 1998 draft by the San Diego Chargers, Leaf lasted three years in San Diego, bounced around three other teams the next two seasons, and eventually was out of football altogether. He’s battled problems with drugs and the law ever since and on Friday he arrested again on felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, in Great Falls, Montana. Leaf posted a $76,000 bond Friday evening. Leaf was in town for a book signing in Missoula.
Colts undecided on No.1 draft pick ??? Yeah right !!!
Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay says the Colts are undecided which quarterback they will choose with the first pick in next month’s draft. Yeah right Jim … and I just hit Mega Millions and Angelina Jolie is going with me to pick up the check. Andrew Luck is the most highly touted quarterback prospect since John Elway. Robert Griffin the III is a freakish athlete, a good quarterback, and clearly one of the top players in the draft but …. he’s clearly second best to Luck. The Colts this week announced that they will invite Luck to Indianapolis for a private workout, but it’s what they didn’t say that was significant: They said they had nothing similar in the works for RG3. You do the math. The Colts blew this one 30 years ago. They won’t do it again. This is simply a case of Irsay keeping the Colts in the news.
Comings and Goings
The Packers signed 37-year-old free agent center Jeff Saturday to a two-year $7.75 million dollar deal. Saturday played his first 13 years with the Colts.
The Eagles All-Pro OT Jason Peters has blown his achilles and is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. Philadelphia signed OT King Dunlap as a stop gap measure.
Brandon Jacobs will join his former Giant teammate Mario Manningham in San Francisco. Jacobs will provide the 49ers with another big physical back to relieve Frank Gore. Jacobs 739 yards on 189 carries with eight touchdowns las year was his lowest production since 2006.
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