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When news broke last week of Sean Payton's one-year suspension, there were some commentators who wanted Tom Benson to simply let Payton go, to kick him to the curb. Of course those "experts" know nothing about or care little about the culture of the Saints' organization.
They forget Sean Payton brought a respectability to an organization that previously had none. They forget that Sean Payton always spoke of bringing in character players. They forget he brought Gregg Williams to New Orleans because he felt Williams would improve the Saints' defense enough to win a championship.
Sure Payton overlooked a serious issue in not stopping Williams' bounty system, but he placed his assistant head coach, Joe Vitt, on that task. Assistant head coaches in the NFL carry a great deal of responsibility for what happens in the locker room and meeting rooms. Vitt should bare equal responsibility for not stopping Williams.
They also forget that it took something near an act of God for Penn State to eliminate Joe Paterno this fall after almost 50 seasons as head coach. Paterno was a living legend at his university.
And you likely remember the enormity of the allegations brought against Jerry Sandusky. As bad as a bounty program is, it doesn't come anywhere near the molestation upwards of 20 children.
If Paterno's firing was controversial, there's zero chance that Payton should even be suspended half a season, much less shown the door.