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Saints punishment is harsh, but makes sense

The 2012 NFL season doesn't kickoff for another six months.  I'm not sure the actually season on the field can live up to the off season thus far.  The NFL dropped a huge bombshell today, suspending Saints head coach Sean Peyton for the entire 2012 season.  I was completely shocked.  I figured the former Cowboys assistant would be suspended for about 4 to 6 weeks, but never an entire season.  Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been banned for the first 8 games next season, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt will miss six games. The Saints were also stripped of two 2nd round picks and fined $500,000. 

While I agree the punishment is over the top, I'm not sure commissioner Roger Goddell had much choice.  Goddell has been known to rule with an iron fist since taking over the most powerful league in pro sports.  Goddell is always talking about protecting 'The Shield' (The NFL Logo).   He never takes it easy on players.  What message would Goddell be sending if he took it easy on coaches?  The last few years the league has continued to implement new rules to improve player safety.  The league is also dealing with several lawsuits.  Goddell had to make it clear that he'll do whatever he has to do to protect the players on the field.  Even if the punishment is too severe, you can bet no team will be running bounty systems ever again.  If they do, please don't complain when the hammer comes down.

At the same time that Saints punishment came down, news broke that Tim Tebow had been traded to the Jets.   Now the trade is on hold and is not yet official.  There's a still a chance Tebow could be sent to the Rams.  Watch KLTV News at Six for the latest.

Have a good afternoon,

Ryan Peterson

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