Drew Brees Is Truly Mystified by Sean Payton's Suspension

Brendan O'Hare@brendohareContributor IMarch 21, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 26:   Quarterback Drew Brees #9 and Head Coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints talk on the sidelines during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season today, and Drew Brees was left to do nothing more than stare with his mouth wide open. Here is what Brees took to Twitter and said:

"I am speechless. Sean Payton is a great man, coach, and mentor. The best there is. I need to hear an explanation for this punishment"

I don't think Sean Payton is the greatest man there is; otherwise, he wouldn't have been suspended for the entire year. It seems a bit gratuitous for Payton to be suspended for the whole year, at least at first glance.

Here is what the NFL is claiming Payton did, and this also serves as a primer for Brees, who obviously did not read the announcement and explanation. 

"The violations were compounded by the failure of Coach Payton to supervise the players and coaches and his affirmative decision starting in 2010 (a) not to inquire into the facts concerning the pay-for-performance/bounty program even though he was aware of the league’s inquiries both in 2010 and 2012; (b) to falsely deny that the program existed; (c) to encourage the false denials by instructing assistants to “make sure our ducks are in a row;” and (d) to ignore instructions from the league office and club ownership to ensure that no such program existed."

"The obligation to supervise the coaching staff and players is also expressly set forth in the employment agreement signed by Coach Payton."

"Coach Williams acknowledged that he designed and implemented the program with the assistance of certain defensive players. He said that he did so after being told by Saints Head Coach Sean Payton that his assignment was to make the defense “nasty.”"

"When interviewed in 2012, Sean Payton claimed to be entirely unaware of the program, a claim contradicted by others. Further, prior to the Saints’ opening game in 2011, Coach Payton received an email from a close associate that stated in part, “PS Greg Williams put me down for $5000 on Rogers (sic).” When shown the email during the course of the investigation, Coach Payton stated that it referred to a “bounty” on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers."

Does anyone else find Payton telling Williams to "make it nasty?" That's like something Tyga would say. Even through all that legal jargon, it's pretty easy to tell that Payton did not live up to his contractual obligations to just keep his eyes on the team.

There's Brees' explanation for Payton being suspended, and it's pretty damning. Payton probably never had a chance from the beginning due to the fact that player safety was a part of this.

So deuces Sean Payton, at least until next season. Drew, pick up your jaw.