THE HAMMER HAS BEEN DROPPED.
The NFL has suspended Saints Head Coach Sean Peyton for the entire 2012 season among allegations and findings of a Coach and Player funded bounty program that has occurred during the last 3 seasons. The move comes as sort of a shock when you consider that the NFL has been lax on coaches and programs who may have broken rules along the way.
GM Mickey Loomis has also been suspended, however, he will sit out until Week 9, which is when he may return. Former Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely as of today. The Saints will also forfeit their 2nd Round draft picks in the 2012 and 2013 draft, as well as pay a $500K fine.
Now we’re not going to debate the ethics of the Bounty Program here, or whether or not it has always happened, the fact is that the Saints have now been busted and hit with the biggest penalty we’ve seen in the NFL. This is as close as you’re going to get to a death penalty on the professional level. So what does this mean for New Orleans and the NFC South? You could start betting that they will not be the first team to play in the Super Bowl in their hometown, but what does this mean for the Drew Brees contract situation? Who takes over as Interim Head Coach? How will the players respond?