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March 21, 2012
Reaction from Baltimore Sun reporters and editors about the NFL's penalties against the New Orleans Saints over the use of a “bounty” system on defense: Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun columnist: If NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended New Orleans head coach Sean Payton for 16 games as reported, it would be one of the stiffest punishments ever. Goodell is definitly sending a message that there is no room for this type of behavior in the NFL. The penalties put the Saints in a serious hole.
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September 17, 2012
Team missing Payton Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune No team is done for the season after two games, but the Saints are moving in that direction. The good news is there are 14 remaining games to make them forget about Games 1 and 2. The better news is the Saints are a much more talented team than they have showed in the last two weeks. But the bad news is Sean Payton is gone and not coming back any time soon. The Saints miss his leadership and strategy. It also appears that Payton's absence has affected the Saints' chemistry.
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September 17, 2012
Team missing Payton Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune No team is done for the season after two games, but the Saints are moving in that direction. The good news is there are 14 remaining games to make them forget about Games 1 and 2. The better news is the Saints are a much more talented team than they have showed in the last two weeks. But the bad news is Sean Payton is gone and not coming back any time soon. The Saints miss his leadership and strategy. It also appears that Payton's absence has affected the Saints' chemistry.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
Joe Vitt went directly from the football field at Towson State to his first job in the NFL as the strength coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1979. A little more than 30 years later, Vitt finds himself in the middle of one of the biggest stories in the league's recent history - and one of its biggest scandals. Though the 57-year-old New Orleans Saints assistant coach has been suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the first six games of the 2012 season for his role in an illegal bounty system, Vitt was named interim coach Thursday by the Saints.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
Joe Vitt went directly from the football field at Towson State to his first job in the NFL as the strength coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1979. A little more than 30 years later, Vitt finds himself in the middle of one of the biggest stories in the league's recent history - and one of its biggest scandals. Though the 57-year-old New Orleans Saints assistant coach has been suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the first six games of the 2012 season for his role in an illegal bounty system, Vitt was named interim coach Thursday by the Saints.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | January 22, 2006
I've finally realized, after all those subtle hints from my bosses, that I'm in the wrong profession. So I hereby submit my resignation from The Sun so I can pursue an NFL coaching job. Hey, it's not like I need previous experience. That might hold me back. The trend these days is to hire guys who are brand new to the position. The more raw, the better. That's how I eat my steaks. I never imagined it would be a good approach to take with my career. Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers), Eric Mangini (New York Jets)
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By David Wharton and David Wharton,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 17, 2007
NEW ORLEANS -- Shortly after taking the job as coach of the New Orleans Saints last winter, Sean Payton set about persuading Drew Brees to sign with the team. Payton showed the free-agent quarterback and his wife around the city - then got lost driving them back to the Saints' suburban training facility. After a period of time steering aimlessly, he called for directions and was told to head in the opposite direction. It might have been the only wrong turn Payton has taken since arriving here.
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By Brad Biggs and Tribune reporter | January 17, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Saints coach Sean Payton carefully avoided superlatives, even as his team chased perfection in bolting to a 13-0 start. As the Patriots learned two years ago, it's not about pursuing 19-0, it's about pursuing victory in the final game. Maybe when this season is over, a three-game skid to end the regular season, including home losses to the Cowboys and Buccaneers, will turn out to be the springboard his Saints needed entering the playoffs. Momentum can be a fleeting thing, but the Saints grabbed firm control of it Saturday when they crushed the Cardinals 45-14.
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By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | November 19, 2009
Hobbled and disenchanted, former Raven Chris McAlister wasn't sure he wanted to play in the NFL any more. Suddenly, the 10-year veteran cornerback has been snapped up by the New Orleans Saints - one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL - and he's glad to be back in pads again. "Earlier in the offseason I wasn't ready or [didn't] have the mind-set to come back and play football," McAlister said Wednesday, his first day with the club. "For it to take as long as it did, I'm happy it happened before I had no other opportunity."
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By Sam Farmer | July 18, 2010
They were 10 miles apart this week, Jon Gruden in a Culver City, Calif., studio shooting his "Monday Night Football" intros and Sean Payton staying in a Hollywood hotel for both the ESPYs and to promote his new book. In many ways, though, Gruden and Payton are even closer than that. They are good friends and the only coaches ever to lead NFC South teams to Super Bowl victories. They also are separated in age by just four months, both were college quarterbacks (Gruden a backup at Dayton; Payton at Eastern Illinois)
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March 21, 2012
Reaction from Baltimore Sun reporters and editors about the NFL's penalties against the New Orleans Saints over the use of a “bounty” system on defense: Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun columnist: If NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended New Orleans head coach Sean Payton for 16 games as reported, it would be one of the stiffest punishments ever. Goodell is definitly sending a message that there is no room for this type of behavior in the NFL. The penalties put the Saints in a serious hole.
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By Sam Farmer | July 18, 2010
They were 10 miles apart this week, Jon Gruden in a Culver City, Calif., studio shooting his "Monday Night Football" intros and Sean Payton staying in a Hollywood hotel for both the ESPYs and to promote his new book. In many ways, though, Gruden and Payton are even closer than that. They are good friends and the only coaches ever to lead NFC South teams to Super Bowl victories. They also are separated in age by just four months, both were college quarterbacks (Gruden a backup at Dayton; Payton at Eastern Illinois)
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By Brad Biggs and Tribune reporter | January 17, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Saints coach Sean Payton carefully avoided superlatives, even as his team chased perfection in bolting to a 13-0 start. As the Patriots learned two years ago, it's not about pursuing 19-0, it's about pursuing victory in the final game. Maybe when this season is over, a three-game skid to end the regular season, including home losses to the Cowboys and Buccaneers, will turn out to be the springboard his Saints needed entering the playoffs. Momentum can be a fleeting thing, but the Saints grabbed firm control of it Saturday when they crushed the Cardinals 45-14.
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By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | November 19, 2009
Hobbled and disenchanted, former Raven Chris McAlister wasn't sure he wanted to play in the NFL any more. Suddenly, the 10-year veteran cornerback has been snapped up by the New Orleans Saints - one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL - and he's glad to be back in pads again. "Earlier in the offseason I wasn't ready or [didn't] have the mind-set to come back and play football," McAlister said Wednesday, his first day with the club. "For it to take as long as it did, I'm happy it happened before I had no other opportunity."
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By David Wharton and David Wharton,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 17, 2007
NEW ORLEANS -- Shortly after taking the job as coach of the New Orleans Saints last winter, Sean Payton set about persuading Drew Brees to sign with the team. Payton showed the free-agent quarterback and his wife around the city - then got lost driving them back to the Saints' suburban training facility. After a period of time steering aimlessly, he called for directions and was told to head in the opposite direction. It might have been the only wrong turn Payton has taken since arriving here.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | January 22, 2006
I've finally realized, after all those subtle hints from my bosses, that I'm in the wrong profession. So I hereby submit my resignation from The Sun so I can pursue an NFL coaching job. Hey, it's not like I need previous experience. That might hold me back. The trend these days is to hire guys who are brand new to the position. The more raw, the better. That's how I eat my steaks. I never imagined it would be a good approach to take with my career. Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers), Eric Mangini (New York Jets)
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March 6, 2012
Hit them where it hurts Matt Vensel Baltimore Sun The NFL is going to drop the hammer on the Saints. The NFL handed out $750,000 in fines to the Patriots for Spygate and took away a first-round draft pick. The punishment slapped on the Saints should be even greater, especially considering that the entire chain of command in the organization had been aware of the bounties. If Goodell wants to stomp out these bounties across his league for good, he needs to hit the Saints where it really hurts by taking away multiple draft picks and by suspending coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis — and also Gregg Williams, now with the Rams — for allowing the bounty system to continue under their watch.
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August 22, 2010
There were only three head coaching changes this year, tied for the fewest this decade. That's not surprising, considering there were 11 such swaps last year, the most in the 2000s. 2010: Three Pete Carroll, Seahawks Chan Gailey, Bills Mike Shanahan, Redskins 2009: Eleven Tom Cable, Raiders Jim Caldwell, Colts Todd Haley, Chiefs Eric Mangini, Browns Josh McDaniels, Broncos Jim Mora, Seahawks Raheem Morris, Bucs Rex Ryan, Jets Jim Schwartz, Lions Mike Singletary, 49ers Steve Spagnuolo, Rams 2008: Four John Harbaugh, Ravens Mike Smith, Falcons Tony Sparano, Dolphins Jim Zorn, Redskins 2007: Seven Cam Cameron, Dolphins Lane Kiffin, Raiders Bobby Petrino, Falcons Wade Phillips, Cowboys Mike Tomlin, Steelers Norv Turner, Chargers Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals 2006: Ten Brad Childress, Vikings Herm Edwards, Chiefs Dick Jauron, Bills Gary Kubiak, Texans Scott Linehan, Rams Eric Mangini, Jets Rod Marinelli, Lions Mike McCarthy, Packers Sean Payton, Saints Art Shell, Raiders 2005: Three Romeo Crennel, Browns Mike Nolan, 49ers Nick Saban, Dolphins — interim at end of previous season; officially named head coach in offseason
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