Are you sitting down? Stand up. Now.
You’ll look a little odd just standing there for no apparent reason by your work desk, but your boss will assume that you’re working so hard that you needed to spontaneously rise and stretch. At the very least you’ll get a compliment, and it could plant the seeds for a raise and a promotion to upper management, all because you listened to your friendly neighborhood football blogger man for the first time.
Why did I write that unnecessarily long tangent? Self amusement is an instinctive reaction when I’m greeted with painfully predictable news. So, let’s get on with it then.
Roger Goodell has finished his review of a case that was originally reviewed by Roger Goodell, and he came to the conclusion that the punishments assessed by Roger Goodell in the Bountygate fallout are still appropriate. The suspensions won’t change, with Sean Payton sitting out for a year, assistant coach Joe Vitt out for six games, and general manager Mickey Loomis banned for eight.
The New Orleans were notified Monday that after careful consideration of their appeals, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the discipline that was imposed for continuing violations of the league’s anti-bounty rule that endangered player safety over a three-year period.
Payton’s season-long suspension without pay for the 2012 NFL season will begin on April 16. Suspensions for Loomis and Vitt begin with the start of the 2012 regular season.
The Saints organization–and especially Loomis, Payton, and Vitt–will also be expected to participate in the development and implementation of league programs which promote sportsmanship, player safety, and fair play. If Goodell is satisfied with their participation then he may lower the financial penalties given to the Saints and/or modify the forfeture of the 2013 second-round pick. Essentially, this is the good behavior rule, the same vague out clause that Goodell used to lower Ben Roethlisberger’s penalty after his night of washroom stall fun in Georgia.
Now the Saints can seriously go about the business of finding an interim replacement for Payton, a process that was put on hold when these appeals were launched. Bill Parcells has been widely linked to the job, and at this point if he’s officially announced as the new coach that will also be filed under important yet inevitable and incredibly unsurprising news.
Payton’s suspension is the only one of the three that will have a significant impact next year. Loomis will still be around for the draft, and far beyond that during the undrafted free agent signing period. He’ll also be available to walk around in his visor and shorts during training camp, and make critical roster decisions.
The bulk of a general manager’s work is done during the offseason between signings, the draft, and completing evaluations to cut the roster down to 53 players. Once the season starts a GM’s job largely consists of watching his creation either flounder or float. Loomis will still be able to do that, but he’ll be watching from the comfort of his well worn couch groove.