Both the league office and the NFL Players Association fired shots across the bow Monday in letters about the alleged bounty gate scandal.
According to the Times-Picayune, the NFL sent a letter to the NFLPA stating that the four players involved—Anthony Hargrove, Scott Fujita, Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith—have until the end of business Tuesday to let the league know they would like to meet with or submit information regarding their involvement, or lack thereof, in any pay-for-injury bounty program.
The NFLPA sent a letter to Roger Goodell Monday stating that the players still fight for their innocence and that they should have every right to see and cross-examine and evidence and witness that claim a bounty program existed in New Orleans.
If they players ask to meet with or present evidence to Goodell, the league office will make arrangements for a prompt hearing, and then judge in the case. If the players do nothing, Goodell and the league will make a decision on punishments for the players.
The passing game seemed fine, but head coach Mike Smith said he wants more fro the run game moving forward. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
The Falcons lost cornerback Brent Grimes for the season with an Achilles injury. [Atlanta Field Report]
Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer said Sunday's loss felt like a return to 2010, and Jimmy Clausen.
Head coach Ron Rivera did see some reasons for optimism after looking at film from Sunday's loss in Tampa Bay. [Charlotte Observer]
As bad as Sunday's loss was, the Times-Picayune wrote that the Saints typically respond to an upset loss with big win.
The Saints places linebacker Jonathan Vilma on the PUP list Monday. [Times-Picayune]
Did Greg Schiano coyly call running back LeGarrette Blount out in his Monday presser? [Pewter Report]
According to the Tampa Tribune, the Buccaneers rookie class shined Sunday against the Panthers.