Gregg Williams? Sure.
Johnathon Vilma? Maybe.
But no one saw this coming in regards to Payton. And that includes the New Orleans Saints organization.
A league source tells PFT that Payton and the Saints specifically expected a four-game suspension. Per the source, a plan already had been concocted for getting the interim head coach ready to take the reins, and Payton would have hunkered down and spent the month preparing for the games to be played later in the season.
For the Saints to be expecting a four game suspension they had to be a little naïve. It was clear as day that Goodell was obviously going to make an example out of the Saints. But we had no idea he would go to the lengths of a yearlong suspension to do so.
Goodell definitely got his point across and we’d be very surprise if we ever hear about another bounty program.