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January 23, 2013
Sean Payton's season-long suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program was lifted by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, nearly two weeks earlier than expected. The decision allows Payton to attend the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, where some of the top college players available for the NFL draft will be competing. Payton, along with assistant head coach Joe Vitt, general manager Mickey Loomis, and four players including Jonathan Vilma, was suspended after an investigation found the club had a performance pool offering cash rewards for key plays, including big hits.
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January 24, 2013
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton returned to work Wednesday following a nearly yearlong suspension for his role in the team's bounty program. "We're at a point where it's time for closure. It's time for us as a team, it's time for us as a league, to take this next step forward," Payton said. Goodell lifted Payton's suspension Tuesday, nearly two weeks earlier than expected. Payton said he has not spoken to former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who remains suspended indefinitely, and "I have no interest in talking to Gregg.
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January 25, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MOBILE, Ala.—New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton kept using the word "closure" during an extraordinary, 45-minute news conference Wednesday morning following the North team practice at the Senior Bowl. But the size of the media throng around Payton, as he spoke for the first time since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lifted Payton's 1-year suspension Tuesday in the "Bountygate" case, was maybe the first clue that putting the scandal in the past isn't going to be easy or simple.
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January 3, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was January 2006 and the New Orleans Saints were coming off a catastrophic season that had been preceded by a natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina's late August arrival devastated the city and sent the Saints to Giants Stadium for a home opener against the Giants and to San Antonio, Texas, for seven other home games. Nothing that coach Jim Haslett's team did that year made anyone in the Big Easy feel any better about the city or its vagabond NFL team. It did, however, open the door for Sean Payton's first job as an NFL head coach and the transformation of the Saints from perennial losers to a high-powered offense that went on to win the Super Bowl in his fourth season.
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April 12, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BILL PARCELLS confirmed Wednesday that he will not come out of retirement to coach the New Orleans Saints next season. "I've been out quite a while now. I have another life. I'm very happy with that," Parcells told ESPN. Parcells said he talked to suspended coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis about the Saints' interim opening, but "it's time" to stay retired. Payton has been suspended for a year for his role in the Saints' bounty program from 2009-2011.
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April 13, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE NEW ORLEANS Saints have named Joe Vitt as interim coach, despite the top assistant's six-game suspension for his role in the club's bounty system. The Saints had to find a one-season replacement for head coach Sean Payton, whose seasonlong suspension in connection with the bounty scandal begins Monday and runs through next February's Super Bowl. New Orleans GM Mickey Loomis said Vitt will take over on Monday. "It is important that we keep Sean Payton's philosophy front and center during this season," Loomis said Thursday.
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April 13, 2012 | Associated Press
The New Orleans Saints have named Joe Vitt interim coach, despite the top assistant's six-game suspension for his role in the club's bounty system. The Saints had to find a one-season replacement for head coach Sean Payton, whose season-long suspension in connection with the bounty scandal begins Monday and runs through next February's Super Bowl. "It is important that we keep Sean Payton's philosophy front and center during this season," New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis said in a release Thursday.
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December 13, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writerbarkowe@phillynews.com
SO IF JEFFREY Lurie crafts a help-wanted ad based on some of the successful recent coaches, it might look a little like this: Wanted: Head coach for highly successful yet frustrated franchise. Candidate must be highly motivated and a background in offense is preferred but not mandatory. Candidate should be in his mid-40s and come from another NFL team. The Daily News looked at the 13 coaches to lead their teams to conference championship games since the 2008 season, the last time Andy Reid and the Eagles advanced that far, and came up with a number of nuggets: -- Eight of the 13 had backgrounds in offense.
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April 11, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Bill Parcells is unlikely to become the New Orleans Saints' interim coach, according to multiple reports. Parcells prefers to remain retired and not replace his protege Sean Payton, who will serve a season-long suspension for his role in New Orleans' bounty system, the reports said. On Tuesday, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said the team "has nothing to report" concerning the search for an interim coach. Parcells' agent, Jimmy Sexton, also declined comment.
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November 15, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
AT SOME point, either before or after Sunday's game, Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still will walk up to Saints coach Sean Payton, shake his hand and say "thank you. " In September, Payton heard about Still's 4-year-old daughter, Leah, who has stage 4 neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer. When Payton heard the Bengals were offering the proceeds of the sale of Still's No. 75 jersey to battle the disease, he bought 100 of them, at $100 a piece. And Payton wasn't the only one. The team raised over $1 million for Children's Hospital in Cincinnati.
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September 19, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
IF DARREN SPROLES continues to do what he's done the last 2 weeks, if the little guy helps take the Eagles deep into the playoffs next January, general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly need to send a nice, big Edible Arrangement to their counterparts in New Orleans, Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton. Back in March, the Saints were trying to create some salary-cap space and decided to put a For Sale sign on Sproles, who had caught 71 passes last season but was about to turn 31 and had a $3.5 million 2014 cap number.
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January 6, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It will take a while to get over this one, as it should, and maybe now isn't a time for reflection, but what a first year for Chip Kelly. Despite a pedestrian start that was atypical for Kelly's hair-on-fire offense, the unit rebounded for a spirited finish against the Saints that reflected a season that was mostly about the new coach's scheme. As Kelly and his players left the field after a devastating 26-24 loss to New Orleans, fans at Lincoln Financial Field cheered them into the tunnel.
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January 6, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Bill Davis' plan was to stop the maestro from conducting the orchestra that is the New Orleans Saints' offense. The Eagles' defensive coordinator didn't want quarterback Drew Brees throwing to tight end Jimmy Graham on one play, then Marques Colston on the next. He didn't want to see Darren Sproles making big plays on catches out of the backfield. "I made the calls for the passing game and tried to make sure we kept the big plays off us," Davis said. That mission was accomplished for the most part, but the cost of doing so was high.
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January 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. - New Orleans Saints five-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans is awfully proud of his Philadelphia roots and over the years he hasn't hidden his affinity for the area's sports teams from his teammates. This week, the pro-Philadelphia talk has stopped since Evans and his Saints teammates will be visiting Lincoln Financial Field for Saturday's wild-card game. A proud alumnus of Frankford High, Evans used to get ribbed much more about his passion for Philadelphia. But this is his eighth season, so the novelty of teasing the 6-foot-4, 318-pounder has long passed.
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January 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. - When Drew Brees eventually delivers his Hall of Fame speech, he may want to reserve a line for the Eagles. The New Orleans Saints quarterback was a solid performer who even earned one Pro Bowl berth in his first five seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Yet when he and head coach Sean Payton joined the Saints in 2006, his career truly ascended, making him one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. Brees hopes to add to his legacy when he leads the Saints into Lincoln Financial Field for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Eagles, a team that gives him good postseason memories.
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January 3, 2014 | BY GARY ESTWICK, For the Daily News
METAIRIE, La. - Drew Brees enters Saturday night's NFC wild-card playoff at the Eagles with an invitation to the Hall of Fame awaiting his retirement. Already an eight-time Pro Bowler, Brees just completed his fourth 5,000-yard passing campaign, the only quarterback to do so in NFL history. He held the league record for most yards passing in a season - 5,476 yards - until last week, as Denver's Peyton Manning surpassed his 2011 total. "Every once in a while, I have to take a step back and really realize how great of a quarterback he is," Saints rookie receiver Kenny Stills said.
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January 3, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was January 2006 and the New Orleans Saints were coming off a catastrophic season that had been preceded by a natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina's late August arrival devastated the city and sent the Saints to Giants Stadium for a home opener against the Giants and to San Antonio, Texas, for seven other home games. Nothing that coach Jim Haslett's team did that year made anyone in the Big Easy feel any better about the city or its vagabond NFL team. It did, however, open the door for Sean Payton's first job as an NFL head coach and the transformation of the Saints from perennial losers to a high-powered offense that went on to win the Super Bowl in his fourth season.
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January 3, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR THE EAGLES, it likely will take a village to stop Jimmy Graham. (Angry villagers with pitchforks might work better, but the pitchforks are against the rules - just another NFL conspiracy to promote offense.) The New Orleans tight end is the best on the planet. Eagles coach Chip Kelly talks about how Saints coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees "have a lot of toys," but Graham is the most fun, a combination of speed and size (6-7) and athleticism that is unmatched in the NFL. The numbers are plain: 86 catches, 1,215 yards, 16 touchdowns.
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January 3, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. - New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette says his three seasons at Temple were highly beneficial, even if he wasn't able to finish what he started. Galette may not be a household name, but he could be soon. This season, his fourth with the Saints, he finished sixth in the NFL with 12 sacks. He will return to Lincoln Financial Field for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Eagles. "I have a lot of great memories" from Temple, Galette said after Wednesday's practice at the Saints facility.
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