NFL Suspends Saints’ Payton For 1 Year, Rams’ Williams Indefinitely

Posted: March 21, 2012 by Rob Barros in NFL

Roger Goodell sent the NFL world into a frenzy today, announcing that Saints head coach Sean Payton will be suspended for the entire 2012-2013 NFL season. The Saints had been under investigation from the NFL for a while now, and the news has only been public for about a month. So now what does this mean for the Saints going forward? It will not be the same thing as last year where Payton was calling plays from the coaches box while he was injured. Payton will not be able to have anything to do with the team starting from April 1st 2012, until April 1st 2013. New players the team have acquired, and the players they will draft will not play for Payton until their 2nd year with the team. Add this to the ongoing contract talks with star QB Drew Brees and the Saints have a ton on their plate.

Not only will Goodell’s announcement affect the Saints, but now the St. Louis Rams will not be able to use the services of their newly hired defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams. Williams has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL, and that could last for 1 year, or it could end up putting an end to Williams’ career in the NFL. Williams, as we all know was the leader in all this bounty talk. Not only did he do it in New Orleans, but in his previous job with the Redskins. This news now leaves the Rams without their ‘official’ defensive coordinator, who they expected to get the team’s defense on the right track. With all the pieces the Rams have on D, and the addition of CB Cortland Finnegan, the Rams were ready for their defense to make a major turnaround.

In addition to all this some Saints players could also be handed suspensions. Even with the breaking news today, expect much more fallout on the whole bounty subject in the days to come.

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