On Payton's Suspension, Some Need An Explanation

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The news of Sean Payton being suspended for an entire year by the NFL for his 'hits for bucks' against the NFL's more elite players, has spread like wild fire.

Payton orchestrated a bounty system where he suckered promised players cash for 'taking out' big named players in a game to give his team an advantage to win. Payton's prey included the likes of Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, and Brett Favre. More money was offered if the player was carted off the field, or sidelined.

Still, in today's climate where player concussions have been addressed more than ever, some people don't believe Payton's punishment should have been 'that severe'.

Enter Drew Brees, quarterback for the former Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints.

"I am speechless", tweeted Brees earlier today. "Sean Payton is a great man, coach, and mentor. The best there is. I need to hear an explanation for this punishment."

Hey, Brees, will this suffice?

"Bounty programs have no place in our game," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press release. "They are incompatible with our efforts to promote sportsmanship, fair play, and player safety."

It always seemed like a slap in the face to me anyway to dangle a $1,000 - $5,000 play-for-hit carrot in front of a player when they're already making more than any of us regular folks make in a lifetime.

Come on, man. You're performing for $1,000 when you already make millions? How many hits could you possibly make in a year to equal or surpass your already lucrative salary? Plus guaranteed bonus?

Brees had no comment on St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator Greg Williams being suspended indefinitely (and possibly for life).

In a statement, Williams remarked: I will do everything possible to re-earn the respect of my colleagues, the NFL and its players in hopes of returning to coaching"

Adding, "I accept full responsibilities for my actions and I will continue to cooperate fully with the league."

Williams was the defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins where his suspected bounty-like style of 'coordinating' leave some wondering if the Redskin hit by former Skin Phillip Daniels to Manning in 2006 played a part in Manning's (who signed with Denver last week) neck injury.

Are the dots being connected?

Daniels was released from the Skins in July of last year, but was brought back as Director of Player Development.

Speaking of players being brought back to the Redskins fold, the team has also resigned Rex Grossman for a one year deal and have also retained the services of defensive end Adam Carriker and restricted free agent guard Kory Lichtensteiger while waiting to grab quarterback Robert Griffin, III in this year's NFL Draft.

In other NFL news.

Ax comes down on more NFL employees for bounty program.

Tim Tebow gets traded out of Denver and lands in New York with the Jets along side former Skin safety LaRon Landry (plagued by an Achilles heel injury here in Washington).

I'm willing to make a bold prediction right here and now. Note today is March 21, 2012. I predict (wait for it, wait for it)...

I predict that the team of Tebow, Landry, and the rest of the Jets become steady contenders this season, playing well enough to reach the playoffs and take the Super Bowl trophy to New York City.

While the NBA's slogan is 'Where Amazing Happens', the NFL should should come up with one of its own, along those lines.

How about Where Bold Predictions are Made Daily? WBPMD.

Feel free to trend that, hashtag #WBPMD.