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Kristian: Epic failure of leadership led Saints into bounty mess

12.12.12  Kristian@wwl.com - I think we learned what we expected when former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue rendered his ruling that vacated the suspensions of former and current Saints players.  We learned the NFL's case and claims of an alleged bounty was not as air tight as they originally lead us to believe.  However, we also learned that according to the findings of Goodell and Tagliabue, the Saints coaching staff, including Sean Payton, knew of the system in place and did nothing to stop it. In fact, they admitted to being less than truthful through the process.  So, remove the fact there was no bounty system in place, but merely a pay for performance in place.  Does that make it any less concerning?  It shouldn't!
Head coach, Sean Payton, allegedly knew about it.  If that's true, then it's a clear failure in leadership.  The leader who has done such an extraordinary job of leading this team on the field, failed in the face of adversity.  It was his job to stop it.  Furthermore, Payton was a part of the coaching staff that misled investigators and encouraged players to cover it up.  The simple fix would have been to knock it off.  Wait, the real simple fix would have been to not allow it to go on in the first place.  Payton has preached character from his players since arriving in New Orleans back in 2006.  This kind of behavior flies in the face of men with character.  So, it wasn't a bounty, but would we all agree there was a pay for performance system in place?  Coaches and players have said they've never participated in a pay to injure program.  Yesterday's ruling proves that.  However, there was some less than above board behavior going on.  That much I'm certain of.  That much is disturbing. Leaders lead.
Now more than ever Payton owes the city, the fans, and the organization. Payton led the Saints into calm, crystal clear waters of a Super Bowl championship; he also led them into the choppy, murky waters of the biggest scandal in franchise history.  Sean Payton, by his lack of action, was instrumental in a lost season that originally had Saints fans thinking Super Bowl in their own home town.  I'm not too big on proving loyalty when it comes to negotiating contracts and in business.  In this case I think Payton owes it to team owner Tom Benson, the organization, the players and you, the fans, to return and fix the mess he created with a lack of institutional control.  He needs to take a stand for right over wrong.  He's the head coach.  He’s head honcho.  He didn't act like it.  Payton didn't show conviction when faced with tremendous controversy.  He missed the mark of a truly great leader.  
Can the Saints put this behind them and regain momentum that carried the Black & Gold to 41 wins in the previous three seasons?  Time will tell, but the 2012 season is one they'll never get back.  The window of opportunity is only open for a short time in the NFL.  Let's hope the Saints can keep the window open just a bit longer and Payton rectifies the situation in 2013.  2012 is over, and for the most part so is the bounty mess.  
Leaders lead.  Now, Coach Payton…inspire us.  Lead.  Let’s do the job.  

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12/12/2012 10:54AM
Kristian: Epic failure of leadership led Saints into bounty mess
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12/12/2012 11:27AM
Bounty v Performance
The entire NFL is, in essence, a "bounty" program. You have clauses in players contracts that pay them bonuses for sacks, tackles, etc. Call it a "preformance bonus" if it makes you feel better but for all intents and purposes, it is a bounty on the opposing teams players. Let the players play!!
12/12/2012 11:44AM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
If you read nola'a Times-Picayune article about what DeMaurice Smith had to say about he knows the Saints had no bounty system in place, and that the investigation by the NFL was sloppy. Then you must understand the coaches were innocent as well. Common Sense.
12/12/2012 11:48AM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
The NFL certainly would not admit that the coaches were innocent because of the suspensions. You people need to defend our coaches and GM as well. These apologies will eventually come as Vilma's lawsuit will prove innocence.
12/12/2012 11:54AM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
I just hope and pray that we don't loose our head coach Sean Payton to Dallas on account of Goodell's sloppy handling of the happenings of so-called alleged bounties. But, if we should loose him, I say go after Jon Gruden, he seems to love the Saints and would do an excellent job. But I hope Sean Payton's still here.
12/12/2012 12:42PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
The main problem with this is so many are not looking at it for what it is. It is alleged bounties. Innocent until proven guilty. The exception for the NFL and most media is that the Coaches and GM for the Saints were guilty until proven innocent and as of yet have had the chance to prove their innocence.
12/12/2012 12:51PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
Leaders lead!!! Sean Payton has done just that and lead us to our only Superbowl victory. Also good reporters report the truth and defend it as well. These are so-called alleged bounties.
12/12/2012 12:56PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
Sean Payton cannot be guilty of the Bounty system if there was in fact none. If there was in fact none. Then Sean Payton was not covering up nothing, but in fact telling the truth. Again I believe Vilma's lawsuit will attest to that.
12/12/2012 1:01PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
If anything Taglabue's finding proves that Goodell has run a kangaroo court. Bottom line for Goodell is he has too much pride to admit he was wrong, but he may have to in court. And he wont't be judge, jury and executioner.
12/12/2012 1:11PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
Sean Payton has been the best leader in the history of the New Orleans Saints. I support Sean 100%. I believe in the truth and the truth will set his reputation free. Great coach and Great human being.
12/12/2012 1:59PM
I told you so.
I hate to have to say "I told you so," but to Christian Garic, or whatever that guy's name is on WWL radio, "I told you so." I was on my way to church on a Sunday in August and listening to his show on the radio. He asked listeners to call in with their predictions on what kind of season the Saints were going to have. I told him that anyone who thought the loss of Sean Payton wasn't going to have a profoundly negative effect on the team was naive. All anyone had to do was to remember what happened during the game when SP got hurt - a game we were handily winning, before his injury, we began to handily lose, afterwards. Christian told me I was wrong, and that the players were pros who would pick up the slack. And I said, basically that the best predictor of the future is the past. Just call it a parent's instinct.
12/12/2012 2:24PM
Follow the money
If the Saint's would have made it to the SuperBowl it would be a finacial loss to the NFL. Goodell made sure that would not happen. FOLLOW THE MONEY !! Welcome to the WWF
12/12/2012 2:26PM
Follow the money
If the Saint's would have made it to the SuperBowl it would be a finacial loss to the NFL. Goodell made sure that would not happen. Welcome to the World Wrestling Federation
12/12/2012 2:31PM
Payton is a scape goat. He should be back on the field just as the players are. He should be coacing Sundays game.
12/12/2012 2:57PM
Seeking the truth is a step toward attaining wisdom.
The truth may never be known; nevertheless, seeking the truth is a step toward attaining wisdom. Stay strong, Vilma. My guess is that the NFL and RG will settle with Vilma out of court for some nice cash. The stipulation of the settlement will preventVilma from discussing the conditions and amount of the settlement. An appropriate amount of time will go by so the NFL can save face when the announcement is made.
12/12/2012 2:59PM
God Bless All The Saints Coaches
The non calls and PI calls against the Saints have been orchestrated. It is all part of the diabolical world business plan to dismantle them. There is no reason to insult any players or coaches at this point. Until, the game announcers speak up, or any of the media, it will be business, as usual. Next year, we have to be that much better, under SP. In the past, we have been able to overcome 1st and 20's or bad field position by having an offense that just did not care how any of the games were being called. Sean Payton, just kept the pedal to the metal, no matter what the refs called. Our assistant coaches, God Bless Them, just did not have the fortitude to stand up to the kind of pressure the NFL brought to game day, each week.
12/12/2012 4:18PM
Garic, you are uninformed
Garic, you have obviously never played the sport at a high level. You have obviously never been around the warrior mentality that ALL of these athletes HAVE TO HAVE to survive such a violent game. You are obviously a self-aggrandizing blowhard, who is a follower and not a leader. Keep eating those Krispy Kremes and monday morning quarterbacking, moron.
12/12/2012 4:26PM
Wishful Thinking
Garic, wish you would just shut up. Sean Payton did for the Saints what no other coach has ever done, win the SUPERBOWL!!! Seems like you are a died in the wool Saints hater or just Sean Payton Hater.....
12/12/2012 4:46PM
Crime fit the punishment?
Now that the NFL has changed its title from “Bounty” to “PFP”, does the punishment fit the crime? I have heard there were two other NFL teams with a PFP and both were fined 25K for their actions. Where was the fine for the Saints, instead it was just a “STOP IT”. Where I am going with this, if a bill would have shown up on the bosses (T. Benson) desk for 25K, don’t you think he would have asked a few questions? I work in the utility business and have to follow Fed. Regs. and if we are found breaking those rules, we get fines. Often, when the inspector returns and the problem has been corrected the fine is either reduced or removed all together. I think it is time for the NFL to step up and drop the season long suspension & return our draft pick for the next season.
12/12/2012 4:52PM
Epic failure of an article. Wouldn't expect anything else. You've been toting the NFL's company line since the original bounty "evidence" was released. Words to live by "Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see".
12/12/2012 6:27PM
12/12/2012 6:37PM
Im sure glad that someone in local media actually has the courage to deligate blame where it is meant to be. If benson knew and told payton to stop, then it should have STOP. IGNORANT FANS WILL NOT FACE THE TRUTHS. LIKE: THE NO SAINTS WILL NOT WIN ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP UNDER BREES OR PAYTON.
12/12/2012 6:46PM
Must be
A Dallas Fan
12/12/2012 8:44PM
Just ask his wife and kids. If he can be honorable to them, he will put the screws to all of you in a second. Just wait and see. Honorable, honest? Hogwash! Get a life!
12/12/2012 8:51PM
Garlic Sucks!
You have sided with the NFL from day one. If the only proof was a pay for performance then the penalties were far to harsh.
12/12/2012 9:01PM
I think every Saints fan should send $1 to Vilma's lawyer to continue the case against RG.
I think every Saints fan should send $1 to Vilma's lawyer to continue the case against RG. A class action law suit by season ticket holders and all Saints fans against the NFL is a next step.
12/12/2012 10:12PM
You have sided with the NFL from day one. If the only proof was a pay for performance then the penalties were far to harsh. Exactly!! Goodell will never admit he was WRONG!!!
12/13/2012 2:46PM
This writer wants the Saints to move on.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, on CBS, DeMaurice Smith said, "At times when you make a wrong decision, perhaps, your authority should be undermined." Smith went on to say that there was no bounty put on players by Saints players. Any Saints fan that wants to move on, right at the precipice of the truth coming out, obviously supports the NFL position and is simply being a mouth piece for their agenda.
12/24/2012 8:52AM
Garrett you need to change or go find a job somewhere else
krissy you sure are ticking off alot of whodats. You may want to rethink your business plan as a sideline reporter. If you keep going in the same direction, your direction will be outta here.
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