Originally Posted by WMR
Payton sounded anything but contrite in the interview I heard... Much different than the defensive coordinator's mea culpa.
Why would he be contrite? Unlike Williams, who is suspended indefinitely, Payton is getting a one year ban and can make up some of the money working for CBS, Fox, NBC, or ESPN for one season. If anything, its a one year vacation with a HOF mentor likely holding down the fort for one season.
Originally Posted by Sea Ray
I don't see why that'd anger the commissioner. It'd help generate interest in the NFL and it'd be great for the New Orleans fans who he didn't want to punish in the first place. I think he'd be fine with it
Apply the same scenario to USC in football. You have a coach (Pete Carroll) who disobeyed the rules but in this case jumped ship before any penalties came down. USC hired another shady coach in Lane Kiffin who was an assistant for said head coach.
Granted, Parcells is a HOF head coach who is respected throughout NFL circles and Lane Kiffin is riding the coattails of his father, but its the fact that its supposed to be a punishment and its backfiring considerably.
The Saints are getting a better coach as a one year stopgap, highly unlikely to lose any continuity between Parcells and Payton.
Payton gets a year off and can work for a network until his suspension is up.
Tell me how the whole thing isn't a slap in the face to the Commissioner?