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Saints' whistleblower revealed?

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08:02 AM ET 04.11 | As with many cover-ups, attempts at finding the truth are bound to leak. When author and filmmaker Alan Donnes did an interview with America's Radio News Network, he revealed something that Saints fans have wondered about since news first broke of the bounty scandal: the whistleblower. "Will I get shot through the phone if I say it?" Donnes joked. "Based on my sources, and I believe they're very good, it's former defensive quality control coach Mike Cerullo," Donnes finally announced. Donnes covers the team and wrote a book about them titled, "Patron Saints." He claimed Cerullo became disgruntled, was let go after the Saints 2009 Super Bowl run and has had trouble getting work every since.

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April 11, 2012  08:14 AM ET

Can anyone enlighten me as to what a quality control coach does?

April 11, 2012  08:15 AM ET

Well, the guy wrote a book. He must be smart.

April 11, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Warren Sapp is kicking himself right now. If not, I'll kick him!

April 11, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Maybe he knows where Jimmy Hoffa is also..

April 11, 2012  08:18 AM ET
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Can anyone enlighten me as to what a quality control coach does?

He keeps secrets and distributes bounty.

April 11, 2012  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Warren Sapp is kicking himself right now. If not, I'll kick him!

Probably holding out for the right price to get himself out of bankruptcy.

April 11, 2012  08:21 AM ET
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Can anyone enlighten me as to what a quality control coach does?

Evidently not much.

April 11, 2012  08:23 AM ET
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He keeps secrets and distributes bounty.

Wade Phillips' son was the QC coach for the Cowboys.


I think clean towels were on his responsibility list.

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April 11, 2012  08:28 AM ET
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Can anyone enlighten me as to what a quality control coach does?

Here ya go: It is the entry level job a guy gets in the NFL. He scouts and charts opponents in advance, two weeks usually. Film study, tendencies out of formations and the like. Game prep stuff.

If you do it well enough you move up to a position coach , from there to coordinator if good enough.

Apparently the Saints did not think he was that good at scouting teams in advance.

April 11, 2012  08:29 AM ET
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Wade Phillips' son was the QC coach for the Cowboys. I think clean towels were on his responsibility list.

Maybe the towels were Bounty.

April 11, 2012  08:30 AM ET
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Can anyone enlighten me as to what a quality control coach does?

A.k.a.- Vice President of Looking Out the Window.

April 11, 2012  08:30 AM ET
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Wade Phillips' son was the QC coach for the Cowboys. I think clean towels were on his responsibility list.

There is a lot of nepotism in the job. Brian Callahan hired his father to do it when he was a HC. A foot in the door thing.

April 11, 2012  08:43 AM ET
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Maybe the towels were Bounty.

That's the whole problem. Williams insisted on Bounty, but Cerullo really wanted to go with Brawny. He thought the lumberjack on the label was just dreamy.

April 11, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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Can anyone enlighten me as to what a quality control coach does?

I thought they washed uniforms and kept helmets shined.

April 11, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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I thought they washed uniforms and kept helmets shined.

That's rookies.

April 11, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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I thought they washed uniforms and kept helmets shined.

Favre was looking for some helmet shining while he was on the JETS.

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April 11, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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wtf is this, Enron?

Doesn't he play for the Knicks?

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