New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is expected to attend NFL owners meetings planned for Monday through Wednesday of this week, just enough time for the NFL coach to avoid the start of his April 1 suspension stemming from the teams bounty program.
Also attending those meetings with Payton will be Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis who also faces a suspension of his own (first 8-games of the regular season) stemming from the bounty program.
The meetings will take place in Palm Beach., Fla. and at lead part of those talkers are expected to surround the elimination of all NFL bounty programs throughout the National Football League.
Preceding the NFL owners meetings Payton issued an apology on Friday for his part in the NFL bounty program while taking “full responsibility” for the program which was implemented and used by the New Orleans Saints during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 season.
Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and other coaches involved in the bounty program are now expected to create an education program for the league that will help deter such future programs from being implemented.
The New Orleans Saints in the meantime lost their second-round draft choices in 2012 and 2013 and the team was fined $500,000.
Also expected to be talked about at the owners meeting are ruled regarding overtime, replay and the injury list.
Attending the meeting makes sense on the part of Payton and Loomis since the league’s owners will vote on important issues that will impact the future of the team, such as moving the “one carry requirement” overtime rule from the postseason into the regular season, eliminating referees from instant replay reviews and changing the amount of time a player must sit out of the regular season when injured during the preseason.
NFL owners may also decide to move the trade deadline from the sixth to eighth week of play.
Do you think Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis should be allowed to attend the NFL owners meetings given their current suspensions which will start later in the week?