Final Witness Statements Given in Bounty Hearings and More NFC South News

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterDecember 4, 2012

courtesy of the Times-Picayune
courtesy of the Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, interim coach Joe Vitt and former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress testified Monday at the bounty hearings, finalizing all the witness statements in the case, according to the Times-Picayune.

Vilma told the Times-Picayune that he did not change his testimony from the last time he met in regard to his involvement with the bounty scandal. Vilma also seemed to feel that former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was "more receptive" than Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Vitt said he wasn't able to give any details of his testimony, but he did say he told Tagliabue he didn't feel any of his players crossed the line with intent to injure other players.

Childress didn't reveal any of his statements in the hearing. Childress was one of the first to speak with the league about the possibility of a bounty on Brett Favre, who was playing quarterback in 2009 during the NFC Championship Game.

With all the witness statements heard, a decision from Tagliabue could come as early as next week, according to the Times-Picayune.


Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are treating the fact that they've already clinched the NFC South as just a small step toward a bigger goal, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The person responsible for egging the Saints' bus before Thursday's game has quit his airport restaurant job, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Carolina Panthers

According to the Charlotte Observer, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera plans to look at his young players for the rest of the season now that the team has been mathematically eliminated.

The Panthers plan to move safety Sherrod Martin to injured reserve after he tore his ACL and MCL against the Kansas City Chiefs (Charlotte Observer).


New Orleans Saints

While the defense has made strides, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo feels that his unit isn't producing where it needs to be (WWL-TV).

The Saints' cornerbacks used aggressive play to greatly slow down one of the league's best wide receiver duos, Roddy White and Julio Jones (Times-Picayune).


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pewter Report believes that Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos dealt the team a huge blow to its playoff hopes but still breaks down the scenarios.

The Bucs offense is falling off the torrid pace it set after its bye week, according to the Tampa Tribune.