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Suspended Payton literally looms over Saints practices

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08:44 AM ET 07.28 | The scowl of suspended New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton will follow everyone in the organization any time any member of the team steps foot inside the indoor practice facility this season. The team added a billboard-sized picture of Payton hung high along the eastern end of the facility Thursday night as a surprise for Friday afternoon's practice. It's a picture of Payton's face in an intense moment during Super Bowl XLIV and the slogan "Do Your Job" is plastered in all white caps across the bottom of the photo. Interim coach Joe Vitt said it was all Saints owner Tom Benson's idea.

New Orleans Times-Picayune

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July 28, 2012  08:59 AM ET

SNAP, take that Goodell

July 28, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Maybe they should pipe in recordings of him as well followed by "The Great Oz has spoken."

July 28, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

SNAP, take that Goodell

Until Goodell makes every stadium in the NFL hang the same sized billboard of him saying "I'M WATCHING YOU."

July 28, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Good Morning Boys, The Saints are going to need a lot more than Paytons Ugly Picture!

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July 28, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

the commish will have that sign down by the close of business hours today

Wouldn't that go over well...

July 28, 2012  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe they should pipe in recordings of him as well followed by "The Great Oz has spoken."

So somewhere in the basement of the Super Dome he is behind a curtain.

July 28, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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So somewhere in the basement of the Super Dome he is behind a curtain.

Only as long as he doesn't use a team entrance.

July 28, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

the commish will have that sign down by the close of business hours today

I wouldn't beat the farm on that. Benson seems to have fallen out of love with the comish.

July 28, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Just can't see the Saints doing too much this year with all the drama and personnel gone.

July 28, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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Just can't see the Saints doing too much this year with all the drama and personnel gone.

I can't count them out just yet, that team has a giant chip on it's shoulder, that might just be what they need to succeed...

July 28, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I can't count them out just yet, that team has a giant chip on it's shoulder, that might just be what they need to succeed...

With their chips and Miami's salsa they should come to my house on Sundays this season. We can all enjoy some football then.

July 28, 2012  10:39 AM ET

Goodell SUCKS.

July 28, 2012  10:54 AM ET
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I wouldn't beat the farm on that. Benson seems to have fallen out of love with the comish.

And yet Mickey Loomis still has his job. Go figure.

July 28, 2012  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Goodell SUCKS.

Right, because all this is Goodell's fault.

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July 28, 2012  11:08 AM ET

I would put them in the roll of spoiler this year. There is some dangerous talent there and no expectations to do other than get better for next year.

July 28, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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Right, because all this is Goodell's fault.

With you on that. Although there are some that believe so. I don't like Goodell's way of dealing with everything himself but the Saints created their own Katrina with all of this. I'm wondering what's become of the wire-tapping incident as well.

 
July 28, 2012  11:23 AM ET
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I'm wondering what's become of the wire-tapping incident as well.

A month ago, I read that the Saints hired Louis Freeh's law firm to investigate the claims. I haven't read anything else about it since then. If the poop hits the fan on that, too, I'm sure it will be just as messy.

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