Grits Blitz is locked and loaded for another NFC South Nuggets, where I discuss news around the division in a belittling way. Lets start off with the low-hanging fruit given to us by those silly whodats.
Finally I can have more time to write another book.
Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis appealed their punishment in Bounty Gate, which ended up like a Bobby Petrino motorcycle ride. Both Payton and Loomis are walking away bruised and broken for one-year and eight games, respectively, after Roger Goodell affirmed his previous ban hammering punishment which was received for lying.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes the NFL will announce punishment for the Saints defensive players this week, which is funny considering I did not realize they had a defense. Seems the bounties were not quite high enough to make anyone want to tackle Vernon Davis in the playoffs.
The Saints news has been rolling in, which includes New Orleans wishing to be Tuna-free, a situation that would have otherwise been a hilarious train wreck with Bill Parcells as the Saints headcoach. I am sure they are aware that Bobby Petrino is still available.
Shockingly, there has been no change in the Drew Brees contract situation after the Saints signed every free agent available to eat up every dollar of cap space. This is weird, because the Saints are otherwise such a well run organization that should have been able to sign Breesus two-years ago, considering Peyton Manning got a contract hammered out in about 15 minutes.
I like to have a small moment of silence for every terrible player who is cut from a division rival. My thoughts are with the injury-prone, poor tackling, constantly suspended Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson. I am slightly concerned Tampa may sign someone who is not terrible in all aspects of their football play, but I will hold off until they sign someone.
Tampa signed Amobi Okoye, helping to upgrade a defensive line that bordered on circus ugly last season. With Gerald McCoy and Brian Price healthy, and the addition of Okoye (as well as the subtraction of Albert Haynesworth) they may have a sporting chance to keep offenses beneath 40 points.
The Panthers gave Steve Smith a contract extension after his comeback year, giving him more cash while clearing up cap space. This is a pretty good move that may create some cap problems in the future, but it is probably best to keep their only legitimate wide receiver happy.
On that note, Carolina is expecting big things out of WR Brandon LaFell. Good luck with that, Panthers, and I hope that keeps them from selecting a pass catcher in the draft.
Dear Dirty Bird,
Ummmm I have a question........Didn't we "silly who dats" beat y'all TWICE last year, regardless of how the defense that you didn't know existed played? And didn't y'all cry in the dome about how y'all felt the Saints were running up the points that game? Shut up Dirty Bird becasue you are sounding more like an Angry Bird.
a True Saints fan
Thanks for the response pkwy. I'm actually not a big believer in the whole "don't run up the score" thing that perhaps many others are. I think if anyone has a problem with the final score, you should blame the defense, not the opposing coach. While CFBZ hit on the injury potential, I don't think there is a better time than against a rival team to run up the score.
Regardless, I can't help but to think Sean Payton is setting up the Saints to fail this year to ensure his future employment in New Orleans. There are so many interim coaches who are in for interim coaches it makes me feel like Payton is a big fan of Inception.
I remain confident Atlanta will take a step forward this season, and at least hopeful we don't start the playoffs against the eventual Superbowl winners (again). As far as the Saints, I cannot imagine they will take a similar step forward.
Eh. Personally, I was more perplexed about why Drew Brees was in that game with three minutes to go and the Saints up by three scores. I thought it was an idiotic decision to keep him in the game and risk injury to their star player and I thought it made the record mean less by breaking it in such an anti-dramatic fashion. But I guess we are seeing this off-season that the Saints really doesn't give a shit about Drew Brees so it kind of makes sense.
There are people in every fanbase that will make noise about other teams running up the score (yours included). Personally, I'm not a big fan of it when you are playing a rival because it will come back to bite you but in no way am I going to "cry" about it.