Here's the thing I think a lot of us were worried about: OK, he's suspended for one season, but for the teams that are not in the Super Bowl, or in the playoffs, their season has already started. You start evaluating once your season completely ends, evaluating talent, and this week is a BIG, big week. This is Senior Bowl week, and not being there is a huge deal.
You're talking about the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Game, getting ready for the scouting combine...so I think this is a big deal, I think the excitement of the team going in the right direction...And I just don't think it would have been right for Roger Goodell and the Super Bowl to be here in New Orleans, and Sean Payton not be reinstated. From an obvious standpoint, it don't look right, with the ill feelings on each side. At least that's out of the way now, and now Coach Payton can get back to work.
Will the fans be a little warmer toward Roger Goodell coming to the city? I think so. It's going to be kind of like, "I forgive, but I won't forget." I think now the anticipation of what moves will be made, and how this off-season goes...We've been saying for quiet a while, it's going to be an interesting off-season. So now with Coach Payton back in place, there's a sense of calmness now in the Who Dat Nation, and people are obviously excited.