New Orleans Saints are pretty much screwed for at least 1 year, but let's not get this situation twisted into some type of "anti-violence" campaign by Roger Goodell. That wasn't the message the NFL commissioner was trying to send by bringing the hammer down on the Saints organization.
Roger Goodell and the NFL knew that the Saints had bounties and asked them to stop. New Orleans didn’t stop, and that’s the reason for the following penalties.
- Head coach Sean Payton suspended for 1-year (Payton just said he’s “stunned”)
- GM Mickey Loomis suspended 8 games and fined $500,000
- Saints franchise fined $500,000 and lose 2nd-round draft picks in 2012 & 2013
- Assistant coach Joe Vitt suspended without pay for 1st 6 games of 2012 season
Harsh penalties, but the misconception here is about the message sent by Roger Goodell. This is not about ending bounties, though that will be the major media spin. Goodell knew about the Saints bounty program and politely asked them to stop. The message sent through these penalties is simple: When you’re dealing with Roger Goodell, honesty is not the best policy, it’s the only policy.