After Further Review: Player Suspensions Manageable - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

After Further Review: Player Suspensions Manageable

(AP Photo) Vilma suspended for 2012 season (AP Photo) Vilma suspended for 2012 season

The final ball has been dropped on the Saints. The players have been suspended in the bounty scandal, and I'm feeling a two-way street of shock on the news.

Jonathan Vilma getting whacked for the entire season was a stunner. I was expecting 2-8 games certainly not a full season.

However…

Vilma and Will Smith are the only two current players to get suspended, equally as stunning to me.

Commissioner Roger Goodell made an example of Saints players while at the same time showed leniency by only taking out two.

He didn't suspend Roman Harper who led the team in fines for illegal hits from 2009-2011.

Nor did he go after Malcolm Jenkins, Sedrick Ellis, Scott Shanle, Tracy Porter or even Jabari Greer. All were central figures in Gregg Williams' system over the time frame where the bounty system was allegedly at its peak. If it were indeed that prevalent and detailed, these players would have undoubtedly had knowledge of it. Yet, none were suspended.  

Once it became clear weeks ago that some players would face suspensions, one of the biggest questions I had was not only how long but also how many players would get hammered. If that number was high then how would league stagger the penalties?

That won't be an issue now.

The player losses are manageable. Smith has been suspended before (Star Caps) and the Saints have been preparing for life without Vela since they signed Curtis Lofton.

Will it be easy? No.

But all hope is not lost for the Saints in 2012.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Saints-Chargers Joint Practice #1: Instant Analysis

    Saints-Chargers Joint Practice #1: Instant Analysis

    Source: Edwin Goode, FOX 8Source: Edwin Goode, FOX 8

    The Saints took their show on the road Thursday to practice with and against the Chargers, in the first of two joint sessions leading up to Sunday's preseason game. Media were only allowed to shoot video for the first 45 minutes of practice but took in all of practice and the following are some quick hits from the action: Some notes from Saints 1st team D vs Chargers1st team O: Anzalone at will in base & nickel# Marcus Williams at safety Crawley & Williams CB — Sea...

    more>>

    The Saints took their show on the road Thursday to practice with and against the Chargers, in the first of two joint sessions leading up to Sunday's preseason game. 

    more>>
  • No Breaux, next man up at cornerback for the Saints

    Williams knows all too well about injuries taking away playing time. Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneWilliams knows all too well about injuries taking away playing time. Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    With Delvin Breaux out for six weeks, one of the Saints motto's comes into play, next man up. "For all of us. We all have to step it up a notch. Because he's a big part of our defense. We can all play. We need to step it up for him, and also for the defense, to make sure we win games," said cornerback P.J. Williams. Williams missed 14 games last season due to a concussion he suffered at the Giants. Last week against the Browns was his first time hitting an opponent si...more>>
    With Delvin Breaux out for six weeks, one of the Saints motto's comes into play, next man up. "For all of us. We all have to step it up a notch. Because he's a big part of our defense. We can all play. We need to step it up for him, and also for the defense, to make sure we win games," said cornerback P.J. Williams. Williams missed 14 games last season due to a concussion he suffered at the Giants. Last week against the Browns was his first time hitting an opponent si...more>>
  • Chick-fil-A in Falcons' new stadium won't open on Sundays

    Chick-fil-A in Falcons' new stadium won't open on Sundays

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 1:38 PM EDT2017-08-16 17:38:55 GMT
    Wednesday, August 16 2017 4:03 PM EDT2017-08-16 20:03:15 GMT

    The Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Atlanta Falcons' brand-new home stadium will only be open for one game this season.

    more>>

    The Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Atlanta Falcons' brand-new home stadium will only be open for one game this season.

    more>>
Powered by Frankly