The potential loss of Carl Nicks looming...
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The reality of this situation is the Saints got caught doing something against the rules at the absolute worst of times.
A bombshell was dropped on the city of New Orleans yesterday. Just days after Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis is speculated to have uttered perhaps one of the greatest faux-pas ever by the leading member of an NFL front office came the news that the Saints defense participated in a bounty system. The extensive, exhaustive investigation into the Saints bounty system which found that then New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams paid players to knock key members of the opposition out of the game uncovered another dirty little secret of the NFL. It's one that taints the Saints 2009 Super Bowl championship, the coaches and players involved, and the sport itself.
2009 was magical. The defense led the league in turnovers and made a plethora of big plays mostly behind the sensational play of Darren Sharper. In 2010 the defense struggled to get turnovers but did a much better job stopping offenses throughout the season, before it completely collapsed in the playoffs. In 2011 the defense was atrocious most of the season, but the best offense in NFL history still carried them to a 13-3 record. In the end, though, Vernon Davis and the 49ers did this subpar defense in. So we basically got one fantastic year out of Williams that led to a Super Bowl title, and two mediocre years that led to disappointing playoff exists. While he had perhaps worn out his welcome, I think any Saints fan would say picking him up was a worthwhile move.
That is, until the public black eye the Saints suffered 24 hours ago that exposed the player bounty system that Gregg Williams operated during his time in New Orleans. Now we're left weighing the black cloud that surrounds the organization's reputation and the embarrassment that goes with it versus one Super Bowl victory in three years. So that's the big question: was winning the Super Bowl worth the "cheaters" label? Is the price the Saints will ultimately pay in fines, drafts picks, suspensions and bad PR worth a Super Bowl victory? I say yes.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! is the man who broke this story of Brees being defined by Loomis as "only very good". Here is my take on this claim, which originated from one of three possibilities:
A. Jason Cole decided to run with a story based on misinformation and partial truths because it made for sensationalized media.