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Hellfire and brimstone reigned down on the Super Dome when the bounty scandal broke headlines. Sean Payton was suspended for the season, Parcells refused the interim position and all else seemed to deteriorate.
Whoever is making the front office decisions for the Saints this offseason should be suspended for a season too, on the basis of pure stupidity.
First, they selected Joe Vitt as the interim coach, who by the way is suspended for the first six weeks of the season. They will have to select a second interim, someone to fill in so Vitt can eventually fill in—an interim for their interim.
Their strategy more resembles the plot of Inception than a sound strategy to minimize the impact of Payton's absence. Apparently, continuity didn't occur to them.
In his first press conference Vitt declared, "I am like a substitute teacher here," which leads me to believe he's just waiting for Payton to return while the rest of the class dicks around. It seems like the Saints are approaching this year as a filler instead of as a Super Bowl-caliber team.
But the biggest head-scratcher is why they are refusing to pay Drew Brees, who just set the single season passing yards record and brought the city of New Orleans its first and only Super Bowl title in 2009. He is as premier of a passer as there is in the NFL.
The only viable replacements for Brees would be Brady or Rodgers, and seeing that they aren't available, the Saints better wise up and pay him the money he deserves. Otherwise, the fans won't be asking "who dat say that gon' beat them Saints?" but "who dat say gon' play quarterback?"
Someone better pull in the reins on this circus and get this team in order before the 2012 season shatters into disappointment. A team without Payton and Brees will more than likely resemble the "Aints" than the Saints.