Sean Payton Back in the Saddle Again with the Saints
Description: The New Orleans Saints finally have their coach, Sean Payton back after a lackluster 2012 season which included seven wins and nine losses. The NFL suspended Payton, several coaches and general manager Mickey Loomis, amid an investigation into players reportedly receiving financial rewards for hard hits to competitors.
In clearing Payton to rejoin his team, NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell said “Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that.”
Saints owner Tom Benson said "We have a lot of work to do and we are in the middle of it right now. He is our head coach and we welcome him back. We look forward to a great 2013 season and making another run at a World Championship for our fans!"
Payton expressed excitement over being freed to reunite with the team, an assignment he has been granted for the next five years; by his latest contract. "As I stated back in March, I, along with Mickey Loomis, take full responsibility for all aspects of our football program. I clearly recognize that mistakes were made, which led to league violations. Furthermore, I have assured the Commissioner a more diligent protocol will be followed. Lastly, I feel we have learned from our mistakes and are ready to move forward. I want to thank our owner, Mr. Benson and all of our great fans for the overwhelming support throughout this past year."
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