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Payton buying time with appeal?

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11:20 AM ET 03.31 | With time running out, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt appealed their bounty-gate suspensions Friday, while separately the team also asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to reconsider the punishments he imposed on it. Still, in Payton's case, the appeal could buy time and money. Because the suspensions are in abeyance while the appeal is considered, it gives Payton more time to huddle with Loomis and the team's scouts as April's draft approaches, more time to sketch out plans with his coaching staff, and more time on the team's payroll. As it stood, Payton's suspension would have cost him roughly $5.8 million, according to various reports; Saints officials declined comment on the financial aspect of the matter. The suspensions of Loomis and Vitt, on the other hand, were not set to begin until the beginning of the season so the appeals will have no immediate impact on their situation. Goodell gave Loomis and Vitt eight- and six-game bans, respectively.

New Orleans Times-Picayune

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March 31, 2012  11:26 AM ET

Dude just took another hit with his reputation.

March 31, 2012  11:29 AM ET

It would be poetic if Goodell reconsiders and suspends him for a year and a half.

March 31, 2012  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Dude just took another hit with his reputation.

His reputation is already in the toilet.

March 31, 2012  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Dude just took another hit with his reputation.

His reputation is already in the toilet.

March 31, 2012  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It would be poetic if Goodell reconsiders and suspends him for a year and a half.

How about two years?

March 31, 2012  11:50 AM ET

Just buying time. I don't think these appeals will change anything.

March 31, 2012  11:51 AM ET

This is Dumb Man!!!

March 31, 2012  11:54 AM ET

obviously

March 31, 2012  11:59 AM ET

Payton: "I take FULL responsibility" ... but I don't want the penalties that come along with it.

March 31, 2012  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Payton: "I take FULL responsibility" ... but I don't want the penalties that come along with it.

The true price the Saints will Pay is when there offense is on the field, he put them all in Harms way, I don't think he will be looked at as a beloved coach from his own offense. Should they for some reason or another implode, he will then hear it from the fans. The Saints were one of the better teams in all of Football.

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March 31, 2012  12:57 PM ET
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Good move to appeal.When Goodell denies the appeal of his own decision, take that fool and the league to court.

I agree with Goodell.

March 31, 2012  12:58 PM ET

We need another Tebow thread.

March 31, 2012  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Good move to appeal.When Goodell denies the appeal of his own decision, take that fool and the league to court.

What exactly is Payton going to take the league to court for? Payton lied to the commissioner and knowingly enabled a bounty program that was essentially outlawed by the league's collective bargaining agreement.

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March 31, 2012  01:55 PM ET

My socks smells!

March 31, 2012  01:55 PM ET
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My socks smells!

EBONICS!

March 31, 2012  02:04 PM ET

If Payton comes across as trying to game the system through his appeals, he is in for a tough time with Goodell.

March 31, 2012  02:19 PM ET
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If Payton comes across as trying to game the system through his appeals, he is in for a tough time with Goodell.

Goodell already said it would take about 2-3 weeks.....8 games should be suffient with the appeal

 
March 31, 2012  02:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Goodell already said it would take about 2-3 weeks.....8 games should be suffient with the appeal

Thats more than half of his salary!

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