No longer facing a season long suspension, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has a good reason to smile today …
From The Times-Picayune:
T-P: You’ve stayed mostly quiet about the bounty allegations and punishments, while some others have been more vocal, especially Jonathan Vilma and the players. And obviously you didn’t file any lawsuits. Why is that, and has that been hard for you to do?
PAYTON: ”Listen, it’s hard to do. And we’re in a much different position than the players, in regards to players having a union. I think ultimately our goal is to get reinstated at the right time. Yeah, it’s frustrating at times to sit back and hear a lot of things that have been painted in a certain way that you know aren’t true. But that being said, I support every one of those guys and pay close attention to what’s going on with Jon and the rest of those players and Mickey (Loomis) and Joe (Vitt) and everyone.”
I wonder what he’s referring to when he says “sit back and hear a lot of things that have been painted in a certain way that you know aren’t true”. The allegations contained within the initial bounty reports were taken as gospel by some within the media. Up until this point, Sean Payton has remained relatively quiet, most likely out of an effort to ease his transition back into the game once his season long suspension is up. However, if the Saints are innocent of the charges that the NFL has accused them of, Payton would have been best served to speak out months ago when his words might have had an affect on the matter.
Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant popularized the procedure known as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. More recently, NFL players Jonathan Vilma and Brian Urlacher have chosen to experiment with the procedure as well. The non-invasive surgery was developed in Germany by Dr. Peter Wehling. The treatment uses an athletes own blood to help treat numerous inflammations within the body. While Urlacher was very reluctant to discuss his operation, the Chicago Tribune gives us a very interesting graphic which describes the operation. Continue reading
More than two months before he was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the scandal, Williams, according to a highly placed Saints source, had been essentially fired by coach Sean Payton, who sought a sharp change in defensive philosophy. In January, Williams’ lateral move to the St. Louis Rams was publicly portrayed as his own decision, but the source said Payton had made it clear that the Saints were moving in another direction.
At the time, Gregg Williams’ acceptance of the defensive coordinator job in St. Louis was viewed as a headscratcher due to Williams’ status within league circles. There was no real questioning of the move since the Bounty Scandal broke soon afterwards. Regardless, Williams’ time in New Orleans was up. However, he did leave a huge mess on the hands of his former employers.
One of the most surprising details surrounding the release of the Gregg Williams audio tapes was the fact that former New Orleans Saints standout special teams talent, Steve Gleason, was present during Williams’ rant. Gleason suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Recent medical tests performed on Gleason suggest that there may be a link between his current condition and the head trauma he experienced on the field during his playing days. To listen to Williams actively call for his players to target the heads and knees of their opponents was both shocking and disturbing for Gleason. Continue reading
Since his punishment was announced, former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has remained in contact with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in hopes of having his indefinite suspension lifted at the conclusion of the 2012 season. This Fall will be his first one away from the game of football in decades, and Williams will fill up all of his newfound free time with a journey takes him across the globe. Continue reading
As I stated in the Hall of Fame Game mini-recap, the ineptitude of the replacement officials standing in for the currently locked out NFL refs was hard not to notice. How bad were they? Some players openly joked about the matter right in front of the refs. The NFL-Referees Association even compiled a list the many blown plays the replacement refs missed. Hit the jump for more. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again.
From now through February, every weekend will be filled with football. That must be music to every NFL fan’s ears across the globe. This past Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints kicked off the preseason the NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game. How did both teams look? Click through to find out … Continue reading
ESPN broke the story this morning – in an effort to get Jonathan Vilma to drop his defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league has offered to reduce the suspensions of the players who involved in the Saints’ bounty scandal. After initially declining to comment on the matter, NFL.com offered up a report that contradicted what was reported in ESPN’s story. Continue reading
Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has remained quiet on the bounty scandal while other coaches and players suspended for their respective alleged roles in the matter have defended themselves publicly. In an effort to be reinstated by the NFL for the 2013 season, Williams may use his voice as a means to educate the league as a whole on the perils of a bounty system. Continue reading