New Orleans Saints in Louisiana
This is my take on the penalties handed down to the Saints staff. Sean Payton lied about and covered up the whole situation. I have no problem with the NFL docking him a year's salary, because he had multiple opportunities to come clean and even stop the program with no sanctions imposed, but he arrogantly refused.
My problem is that the fans and Tom Benson are being penalized by not allowing us to have the head coach of the team for a whole season.
I would have fined Payton $7,400,000 for this season and let him coach for a $100,000 salary. In 2013 at the beginning of that season, I would lay an additional fine of $100,000 on him, thus capturing the same $7,500,000 they are going to take from him this season. The punishment would be actually worse when you consider he would basically be coaching a whole season for free.
Benson nor the fans had anything to do with this scandal, yet both are left to pay part of the price of the penalties imposed, by having the home team possibly missing the playoffs and even the Super Bowl. This is not fair in my opinion.
As for the 'Free Payton' movement, the guy is 100% guilty of the charges. I love the Saints as much or more than anybody, and Payton is a great coach, but wrong is wrong and Payton is wrong in this situation. He should have to face the punishment, but it should only affect him and the others who were directly involved, not the team as a whole, its owner and the fans who support them.
Unless the player suspensions are totally ridiculous and after what has happened so far, anything is possible, I still believe the Saints will have a very good season and use this event as a rallying point to prove to the rest of the nation that we can achieve greatness even without our head coach.
Now wouldn't that be a story for the ages---and a nightmare for the NFL? Ha ha!
That would be awesome. The only way we are going got be able to put this behind us is to win, win and win some more.