Drew Brees Calls Bounty Suspensions 'a Big Sham,' and More NFC South News

Knox Bardeen@knoxbardeenNFC South Lead WriterOctober 12, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 07:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints watches his pass with Marcus Gilchrist #38 of the San Diego Chargers during a 31-24 win over the San Diego Chargers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined ESPN Radio on Thursday and spent a good portion of his segment talking about the alleged bounty scandal and having Sean Payton at last Sunday's game where Brees broke Johnny Unitas' 52-year-old record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

Much of the conversation revolved around Terry Bradshaw and his spot on WFAN in New York. Bradshaw took fault with Brees asking the NFL for permission to bring Payton to the game.

“I was a little upset that he (Brees) went to the NFL to get Payton back to watch him break a record,” Bradshaw said. “I’m like, 'Are you kidding me?’ I never would have gone and asked. I thought it was disrespectful to the San Diego Chargers.

“So go ahead, break it. … You’re throwing it 50 times a game.”

Brees, responding on Mike and Mike in the Morning, spoke about the reason why he wanted Payton there and even took a shot at Goodell and the NFL.

"We've acknowledged that this whole bounty thing for the most part is just a big sham. The fact that our coaches are suspended for part of the year or the entire year is pretty ridiculous.

"My opinion was that these guys--Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton, Joe Vitt--were as big a part of this night as anyone. Certainly to have the opportunity to be in the building and be a part of it was extremely important to me."

Is it just me, or is this bounty fiasco not going away any time soon?

Atlanta Falcons

Defensive tackle Corey Peters could be close to a return from an offseason stress fracture, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 5-0 start to the season has spiked TV ratings for the Falcons, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers signed center Thomas Austin Thursday to help fill the void left by Ryan Kalil's season-ending injury. [Charlotte Observer]

Cam Newton defended the zone read in his Wednesday press conference. [Charlotte Observer]

New Orleans Saints

Martez Wilson and Junior Galette played a huge role in energizing the Saints pass rush against the San Diego Chargers, and according to the Times-Picayune, Galette predicted the emergence.

Check out this SportsNOLA.com piece that looks at the Saints' nickel and dime packages.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The biggest challenge for the Buccaneers on Sunday, according to Pewter Report, will be stopping running back Jamaal Charles.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Brady Quinn at quarterback for Kansas City could mean some changes for the Chiefs' passing game.