The NFL announced on Tuesday that Sean Payton's season-long suspension for his role in the bounty scandal was over. He presumably spent Wednesday moving all his desk tchotchkes back into his office. Today he fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and secondary coach Ken Flajole.
I'm really glad that whole "no more nasty, anonymous quotes" movement didn't take off, because come on, they're so much fun. Two days after one one of the NFL's worst defenses in history finishes its season, we have an unnamed Saints player going to town on defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
The word came down not so long ago from Roger Goodell's mountaintop: Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma will sit out the whole season, and end Will Smith misses four games. Ex-Saint tackle Anthony Hargrove, now with the Packers, gets eight games, and Scott Fujita, now on the Browns, gets three. According to the …
The Rams went 2-14 this year, and not even a valiant charge by Kellen Clemens yesterday could save the bosses. Spags was 10-38 in his three years in charge. He will, however, always have precious memories of that time they almost stumbled their way into the playoffs last year.
The lineup: Indianapolis at Denver; Washington at St. Louis; Philadelphia at Jacksonville; Oakland at Arizona; San Diego at Seattle; and, later, NY Jets at Miami.