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Saints’ Zach Strief: This season it’s us against the world

Drew Brees, Zach Strief AP

As more Saints players weigh in on the yearlong suspension of their head coach, Sean Payton, two things are becoming clear: Saints players think Payton’s punishment is excessive, and they want to rally around him this season.

The latest player to weigh in is offensive lineman Zach Strief, who said his teammates will be motivated more than ever by what they view as unfair treatment of Payton.

This season is going to take on an us-versus-the-world mentality,” Strief told the Associated Press. “The perception at this point is not positive with us. We’ve worked very hard, I know as players, to gain respect, not only as a good team but as a good group of guys. That perception will go completely out the window now, and I think that’ll be kind of a rallying cry for us.”

Strief said that people picking against the Saints this year are going to find that they’re more fired up than ever.

“It will give us a chance to kind of come together closer than we’ve ever been and say, ‘Look, nobody wants us to even win anymore, and we’re going to win for each other, and for coach Payton and Mickey and the guys that essentially took this fall,’” he said.

The absence of Payton may serve as motivation for the Saints during the offseason. Once the season starts, missing Payton is going to hurt.

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135 Responses to “Saints’ Zach Strief: This season it’s us against the world”
  1. clw1906 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:06 AM

    Sounds like a Beastie Boys song.

  2. seenoland54 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:08 AM

    Wait till the other shoe drops and the League turns it’s attention toward the players involved…that list they’re playing for is going to get a bit longer. Couldn’t happen to a more rotten bunch.

  3. deanvernonwormer says: Mar 24, 2012 7:09 AM

    I got a great idea for you Zach — Suggest your team employ the use of a “bounty system” for your defense. Worked for you last time.

  4. kingfish4242 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:10 AM

    I’m with you Zach. It’s going to be tough,but not impossible. Winning a Super Bowl is hard anyway,but imo if we can get Brees re-signed and happy before TC begins,we’ll be in the mix. The biggest thing we’ll miss is those in game adjustments Payton was able to make. In retrospect, his knee injury during the Tampa game may be a blessing in disguise. Once Pete Carmichael became comfortable,the offense became a point a minute machine again.

    Bountygate or not,the Defense under Gregg Williams was never really that good. In essence,we have addition by subtraction. Spags cannot be worse. That’s almost impossible. Before this story broke, Shanle tweeted after the season that opponents had figured out the schemes Williams ran and knew how to attack them. I don’t believe for a second a Spags defense will make a Jake locker/Alex Smith look like the 2nd coming of Joe Montana.

    When we had less than a 17 point lead with 5 minutes or less left in the game,I was never comfortable with Williams calling the signals. The 1st Atlanta game,The Titans and the Niners game showed why. I just didn’t have faith in Williams. I always had the feeling of Murphy’s law about him. He based his decisions on emotion and didn’t play the odds on situational football. I’ll go to my grave believing if he had called a zone on the last Niner drive,we’d be hoisting our 2nd Lombardi.

  5. conseannery says: Mar 24, 2012 7:11 AM

    I’ll take World to cover at -10.

  6. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 24, 2012 7:14 AM

    Is it just me or is this just like when someone gets sentenced to death row and they all of a sudden “find god”?

  7. randomguy9999 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:16 AM

    the thing that is most remarkable is you don’t see any Saints players that give a damn about what their team did…

    they decided that it was a better course of action to be a bunch of bitches and intentionally hurt the other teams best players instead of beating them on the field…

    offense or defense…. ball boy or QB… every last one of them should hang their head in shame…

    this crap that ‘we’ll be playing for the guys that took the fall’ infers that the punishments were unfair like they got cancer or something

    f them…..

  8. rosieoutlook says: Mar 24, 2012 7:16 AM

    Good attitude guys. I’m pulling for you. Team unity is crucial. The “me, me” attitude that other individuals have on other teams prevents them from winning as often as the Saints.

  9. bluefan204 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:21 AM

    Guess what, Zach? No one outside of NO ever wanted the Saints to win. Your coach is an arrogant jagoff, and he got what he deserved, along with everyone else involved. Hopefully, half of that defense goes down with them.

  10. thepvyharvin says: Mar 24, 2012 7:23 AM

    Isn’t that precious? Saints against the world? You know Zach,you are right. Besides your loyal beignets brained fan base, NFL fans will be rooting against you. Your team stands for everything we don’t want in the NFL(dirty play) and by you guys crying for the guilty(Payton) you are only looking worse!

  11. faulkn22 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:25 AM

    Saints have went down a few pegs for participating in the bounty program, but they’ve went down so many more for complaining about their punishment and acting like they’re not remorseful whatsoever.

    I hope they go right to the gutter and stay there for a decade or two.

  12. kchi55 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:26 AM

    rosieoutlook says:
    Mar 24, 2012 7:16 AM
    Good attitude guys. I’m pulling for you. Team unity is crucial. The “me, me” attitude that other individuals have on other teams prevents them from winning as often as the Saints.

    —————-

    Winning as often as the Saints? Right, because they were relevant before 2006.

  13. kegrun says: Mar 24, 2012 7:29 AM

    Hilarious. Another guy who acts like they did nothing wrong and thinks the world is out to get the Saints. What a laughing stock of a franchise.

  14. billycarp says: Mar 24, 2012 7:32 AM

    Did it hurt the 49′ers when George Seifert took over for Bill Walsh? Did it hurt the Cowboys when Barry Switzer took over for Jimmy Johnson? Nope, sure didn’t. Both teams won the super bowl. And just like the 49ers and Cowboys, the Saints have a hall-of-fame QB who will be leading the team.

    Peyton Manning took the Colts to the super bowl with Jim Caldwell as the head coach.

    In any event, when teams line up on Sunday to face the Saints, they still be facing the most explosive offense in NFL history – Sean Payton or no Sean Payton.

  15. staffordsyear says: Mar 24, 2012 7:32 AM

    And the refs.

  16. amgdds says: Mar 24, 2012 7:34 AM

    $1500 for anyone that breaks the worlds legs

  17. kappy32 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:34 AM

    Give me a break. That underdog, us against the world mentality is hugely overrated. As a group of professionals making millions of dollars, with many families spending a week’s paycheck to come see them play, if it takes some false mentality to get you to play your best, you have no business playing the sport as a professional. Even with the monetary incentive of a bounty system, the Saints’ defense sucked. Now they have a new DC, without the personnel to utilize his scheme to it’s fullest potential, and I don’t see them being even an average defense. Their 3 returning DE’s, Charleston, Galette and Jordan, had a whopping 6.5 sacks between them. Spags thrived with the Giants because of their DEs & their pressure. Charleston, Galette & Jordan are NOT Strahan, Tuck & Umenyiora. Unless the NFL starts having the Saints play 12 regular season games at home, they’re never going to get the #1 seed, especially in a much improved division with Cam Newton’s Panthers, and they’ll be out again before the NFC Championship Game. Who Dat? Dat a soft team that can’t play outside their dome.

  18. cougarquest says: Mar 24, 2012 7:35 AM

    “Us against the world”? Heck, you won’t be able to cover “Us against our Division”

  19. buhbay1c says: Mar 24, 2012 7:36 AM

    Indeed! Take that completely justified and warranted punishment and use it to show this world a thing or two. Just be sure to refrain from paying players to injure opponents.

  20. billycarp says: Mar 24, 2012 7:38 AM

    By the way…no we don’t give a damn about bountygate. The fact is it’s not against the rule to try to take a player out of the game as long as the hit is legal. When Ray Lewis, or any other defensive player has a clean shot on the QB, they’ve got bad intentions on their mind. They’re trying to take the QB out of the game. If you don’t believe that, you’re either a fool or you know nothing about football.

  21. backinblack67 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:40 AM

    Stolen Raider phrase

  22. jersey73 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:41 AM

    Sounds like the Saints are taking out a bounty against the world.

  23. neauxgeaux44 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:42 AM

    Wishful thinking on the loosahs above who think the Saints won’t dominate….lmao…two dat on the Lombardi…fact…

  24. moagecu says: Mar 24, 2012 7:42 AM

    @rosie it took the saints 20 years to get their first winning season… Since then they have won 1 conference championship and 1 super bowl…. Clearly you jumped on the 2009 bandwagon.

  25. truthfactory says: Mar 24, 2012 7:44 AM

    I dont think they understand the “Us against the world” mentality. Its usually for a team that is considered a heavy underdog…. If that team wins, they would essentially be “proving the world wrong”.

    Its not for teams who are considered a dirty bunch of players who would do anything to win, including risking their peers careers by incentivisng players to intentially injur other players. Unfortunately, even winng the Super Bowl next year wont change any of the facts or “prove” the world was wrong.

    They were dirty, regardless of how many games they win next year.

  26. eagleswin says: Mar 24, 2012 7:46 AM

    I think all the Saints players are delusional from Brees on down. They all act like they don’t understand what they did wrong.

    It wasn’t so much about the bounty system as the league tried give the Saints and out on that years ago. If they had desisted when they were told to desist none of us would’ve heard about it. It was thewillfully lying to and embarrassing the league. That will not be tolerated.

    Maybe they’ll understand when the player suspensions come down next week.

  27. discosucs2005 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:47 AM

    The Pats recovered, so will the Saints.

  28. bobby4413 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:47 AM

    This is where Williams walks into the meeting room and slams $20K on the table and says “this is for whoever knocks World out of the game!”

  29. steelerhypocrite says: Mar 24, 2012 7:48 AM

    It’s actually ‘you v America’, the rest of the world could care less…

  30. istuppingyourwhiteewe says: Mar 24, 2012 7:50 AM

    Could agree with you more randomguy9999..

    I’ve yet to see a Saints player show any shred of decency or remorse – quite the opposite in fact. Even Peyton’s and Williams’ apologies and statements reeked of contrived bull’, especially considering they lied throughout the whole process. Sharper is the one who really gets on my nerves; what a truly classless individual he really is, I hope they find a way to punish him despite his retirement – ban from TV shows in partnership with the NFL and the Network itself?!

  31. istuppingyourwhiteewe says: Mar 24, 2012 7:51 AM

    Couldn’t*

  32. 49erstim says: Mar 24, 2012 7:51 AM

    Let’s hope “the world” has a worse starting QB than Brad Johnson because if you had to play him straight up “for free*” you’d probably lose by 6. Stop it already. The Saints are NOT the victims here! If you would’ve just stopped when TOLD to do so then this would’ve blown over with NO punishment just like Green Bay.

    *cue the “feed the children” infomercial music. These poor underpaid men need your help. For just a grand or two a game these headhunters can supplement their meager income. Won’t you please help?

  33. kingfish4242 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:54 AM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Mar 24, 2012 7:16 AM
    the thing that is most remarkable is you don’t see any Saints players that give a damn about what their team did…

    The thing I find most remarkable is when former players are interviewed they say stuff like this goes on all the time. Not to the extend of coaches involved mind you,but pools that pay incentives for hard hits that knock opposing players out of games.

    I’ll make no apologies for being a Saints fan. I always dreamed of the day I’d be a fan of a team that many people hate. After Porter picked off that Manning pass and sealed the Lombardi,I turned to my daughter and said your daddy can now die in peace. That feeling has not changed.

    I also feel the punishment was justified. Payton didn’t receive a years suspension because of the bounty system. He received it because he lied to the commissioner. I said this on another topic,but this is the pro sports version of watergate under Richard Nixon. It’s not the crime,it’s the cover up.

    To the Vikings fans crying about a stolen Super Bowl. Bountygate didn’t cause you to lose. You lost for the same reason the Saints lost to the Niners in this years Divisional playoffs. Five turnovers on offense. Two of those had nothing to do with the Saints defense. AP fumbling on the 4 yard line before halftime without being touched. The 2nd was Favres dumb throw to Porter at the end of regulation.

    I’ll go one better. Right before Favres int,the Vikes had 12 men in the huddle. Where was Childress? That’s a mental error made in preseason,not playoff games. He should have called a timeout and stopped the play before it happened. Had it not been for 12 men in the huddle,the next play would have been an inside run to Chester Taylor setting up a 45 yd. Game winning FG attempt by Longwell. He probably makes it,and the Vikes go to the Super Bowl and not the Saints. Blame the Saints all you want,the real culprit was turnovers and poor coaching by Childress.

  34. lostsok says: Mar 24, 2012 7:59 AM

    Others who felt it was “us against the world”:

    The James Gang, Al Capone, John Dillinger, Kim Jong Il, the German high command.

    Welcome to the club, boys!

  35. saints25 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:01 AM

    These guys are still in the league no more than 6 games suspended

    Mike Vick( dog killer)

    ,Big Ben(rape) ,

    Suh(assualt)

    James Harrison..(assualt)

  36. billymc75 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:03 AM

    Whatever

  37. saints25 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:04 AM

    lets not forget the Pats,Coach BB no games missed..

  38. ty46 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:05 AM

    Oh, the usual. The culprit takes on the victim mentality.

  39. dumplingsrbrown says: Mar 24, 2012 8:06 AM

    Glad you all found some motivation since the old cash incentive plan is off the table!

  40. sgtr0c says: Mar 24, 2012 8:06 AM

    Does this mean they will try to cheat more? I mean this, us against the world attitude, smacks more of not being sorry for anything. I think if Saint players want this to go away, and be thought of as good bunch of guys, they need to just shut up

  41. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Mar 24, 2012 8:07 AM

    Jeez dude it’s just football, get some perspective.

  42. tropicpurple says: Mar 24, 2012 8:10 AM

    I’m sure the other players in your so-called fraternity, you know, the ones whom you tried to end their careers for what is relatively (to you) chump-change, feel the same way.

  43. mnvikes7897 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:11 AM

    kingfish4242, bull crap. They freakn cheated with the help of the refs. We ain’t cryn. We watched the frickn game. A healthy QB would have ran for the first down and then a field goal. So before you wast time typing a bunch of garbage about that game, think about it from all sides. Fact is they freaking cheated and that’s why all this is happening.

  44. electionconfidential says: Mar 24, 2012 8:23 AM

    Yeah, let’s all bond over our shared past of cheating and trying to put out fellow players out of the game permanently… very touching.

  45. mungman69 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:24 AM

    Even with a happy Drew Brees the Saints will struggle to get to 8-8.

  46. kuta82 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:27 AM

    Yeah well..You better feel sorry yourselves..shame on you! Fans don’t pay to come and watch u all cheat the game.

  47. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 24, 2012 8:29 AM

    billycarp says: Mar 24, 2012 7:38 AM

    By the way…no we don’t give a damn about bountygate. The fact is it’s not against the rule to try to take a player out of the game as long as the hit is legal. When Ray Lewis, or any other defensive player has a clean shot on the QB, they’ve got bad intentions on their mind. They’re trying to take the QB out of the game. If you don’t believe that, you’re either a fool or you know nothing about football.
    ______________
    Dumbest comment of the week award goes to billycarp.

  48. electionconfidential says: Mar 24, 2012 8:31 AM

    NO Saints = Boondock Saints

  49. Patriot42 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:32 AM

    Those NFL rules that are in place to prevent injuries for years might give Strief and his team mates a clue that having a bounty on other team players is going to get your team into hot water. I really don’t have any sympathy for those that get caught and become the victim.

  50. jenniferxxx says: Mar 24, 2012 8:37 AM

    No. Not you against the world. You just got caught cheating. There’s nothing noble about it.

  51. stanklepoot says: Mar 24, 2012 8:38 AM

    “This season is going to take on an us-versus-the-world mentality”

    Apparently it already was. The only difference is that this time the rest of the league knows about it.

    ‘Look, nobody wants us to even win anymore, and we’re going to win for each other, and for coach Payton and Mickey and the guys that essentially took this fall,’”

    1. Saints had a whole lot of people cheering for them, right up until they found out what the Saints were up to. Strief can whine about they’re ruined image all he wants, but it was the Saints that ruined that image.

    2. Payton, Loomis, and the rest took a fall alright, but they took a fall because they were doing things they never should have done and got caught. They’re not martyrs and they’re not scapegoats. They broke the rules, lied about it and covered it up for years, and finally got busted. End of story.

    One last note: These Saints players are idiots. Do they not realize that Goodell and the league are still figuring out which players will be punished and to what degree? It they keep giving the league the finger and whining about how their coaches and GM got punished for what they got caught doing, they’re asking for trouble. Yeah, it’s going to be them against the world. The thing is, we don’t yet know which of their defensive players will be missing time, or how much. Judging by the way Vilma’s name keeps coming up, and the manner in which he’s mentioned, you have to think that he’s going to be out for the season.

  52. 49erstim says: Mar 24, 2012 8:39 AM

    @kingfish…. Thank you Sir. That was a great post and I tip my hat to you. I’m glad that there is a fan that “gets it”. I hope for your sake that the team is able to salvage its dignity and move forward. This cloud will stick around for a little while, but there are a bunch of short memories in the NFL.

    As an aside… I was happy for your team when you won that SB. I think every fan needs that justification. That reason to keep the faith… And to seal with a pick 6 was spectacular and something “for the ages”.

  53. iamwhodat says: Mar 24, 2012 8:40 AM

    All the comments above are the reason the Saints and their fans have this “us against the league mentality”. I swear some of things you people say on here is downright ignorant. And the reason they haven’t shown remorse is bc they weren’t the ones who lied to the league. Streif is OT, why does he care what happens on D? You people want apologies for something some players didn’t have nothing to do with. Like I keep saying the Saints deserve the punishment they received from the NFL, but to make everyone associated w/ this team a horrible person just b/c it makes you feel better about yourself. It’s just not fair.

  54. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 24, 2012 8:44 AM

    good times…. that “who dat” stuff was stupid.

  55. jerrykill4pres says: Mar 24, 2012 8:48 AM

    For all of the lying biotch boy brees did to try to save his teams, and coaches butts, just wait… karma will come and bite him in the butt… Taints fans will cry cuz brees will get signed to a multi year contract only to have his career ended because he tripped on a yard marker and fell, broke some vertabrae, and now is in a body cast for the next 5-10 years…

    karma always comes back arond boys… I would be afraid if i was involved in that…

  56. Scott says: Mar 24, 2012 8:52 AM

    “$1500 for anyone that breaks the worlds leg”

    Awesome. Made me laugh out loud.

  57. stanklepoot says: Mar 24, 2012 8:55 AM

    neauxgeaux44 says: Mar 24, 2012 7:42 AM

    Wishful thinking on the loosahs above who think the Saints won’t dominate….lmao…two dat on the Lombardi…fact…
    _________________________________
    Really? Well, if you don’t think the team’s performance suffered when Payton was injured you’re fooling yourself. The team already lost Meachem and Nicks (replaced Nicks, but still a downgrade), and God only knows how many other players they’ll be missing on defense, and for how long. I can tell you this, expect to be without Vilma. He played too big of a role in the bounty program to get off light. Oh, and no 1st or 2nd round draft picks to help fill holes on the roster. Finally, the team seems intent on messing with Brees for some reason. You’d really better hope that doesn’t last into training camp. All of this considered, and you still think they’re going to improve on the back to back one and done?

  58. dmatt777 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:56 AM

    I AM A SAINTS FAN.:-) For All of you,1 question, How many of you on this sight have LIED and tried to cover it up? Unless you are 2 years old, you probably have.
    What day Saints did was WRONG, AND ARE BEING SEVERLY PUNISHED,is that not enough for you people? I would suspect that the Saints torched everyone of you judgemental loudmouths. I wonder how many of you are lyin’ and cheat in, and covering something up in your lives right now. How many of you are cheating on your wives and children right now. Don’t judge, lest ye b judged. None are perfect, us,you, or da Saints. Now please shut your pie holes all you self righteous cheaters.
    Black n Gold forever.

  59. zn0rseman says: Mar 24, 2012 8:56 AM

    God I hope these bastards play a game in Minnesota this year.

    Maybe some fan will pay a criminal to smash Brees’s throwing hand with a hammer right before the game. There is really little difference between that, and what the Saints did to Favre in the NFC Championship. The only difference is that the Favre walked on the field first.

  60. bostonhasrealhockey says: Mar 24, 2012 9:04 AM

    Awww how cute

  61. turbodog1027 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:05 AM

    Guarantee every pre-season publication will have the Saints winning the NFC SOUTH. Why??? Because they know football unlike most people who comment in this site. WHO DAT!!!!

  62. bigwinintx says: Mar 24, 2012 9:08 AM

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more clueless lot…

    The Saints shouldn’t be mad at “the world”, they should be mad at the buffoons who lied about the bounties time and time again!

    Be mad at Payton, Williams and anybody else that sullied your team’s name and reputation, not at the cop who arrested the robber! They forced Goodell into making a choice as to turning a blind eye or handing down a sentence to remind the rest of the league to:
    A) Knock it off and
    B) Don’t lie about your involvement!

    Take your punishment like men and quit whining.

  63. giants56 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:10 AM

    Another problem the Saints will have this are the zebra’s…If it close it’s going to be a penalty..

  64. jackntorres says: Mar 24, 2012 9:11 AM

    Keep fueling the fire haters. That’s why he made this statement.

  65. conbro8 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:11 AM

    Oh Jesus… this “Saint” sounds like they did nothing wrong…. whatever you say scumbag.

  66. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Mar 24, 2012 9:16 AM

    here is some news for all the mixed up man-children in nola. every team in the nfl is dying to play your crappy team and crush your stupid players. sure, the world pretty much hates you, but worry about the next team in front of you, scumbags.

  67. hcvikefan says: Mar 24, 2012 9:18 AM

    Did the saints forget they gotta beat the 49ers before they can get another SB win?

  68. yodainyourface says: Mar 24, 2012 9:24 AM

    “The absence of Payton may serve as motivation for the Saints during the offseason. Once the season starts, missing Payton is going to hurt”

    Huh? Record under Carmicheal…. 9-1
    Try again….

  69. kegrun says: Mar 24, 2012 9:25 AM

    I wonder how loud people are going to boo at he Saints first game of he season.

  70. jackntorres says: Mar 24, 2012 9:29 AM

    I’ll go one better. Right before Favres int,the Vikes had 12 men in the huddle. Where was Childress? That’s a mental error made in preseason,not playoff games. He should have called a timeout and stopped the play before it happened. Had it not been for 12 men in the huddle,the next play would have been an inside run to Chester Taylor setting up a 45 yd. Game winning FG attempt by Longwell. He probably makes it,and the Vikes go to the Super Bowl and not the Saints. Blame the Saints all you want,the real culprit was turnovers and poor coaching by Childress.
    —–
    Ahh the voice of reason. It’s ok Vikings fans you can cry over this too but here Childress is to blame.

  71. The Prophet says: Mar 24, 2012 9:32 AM

    … and the world is going to win …

  72. gb4mn0 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:34 AM

    It’s a toss up which team and their fans are bigger drama queens over “bountygate,” Saints or vikequeefs. I believe the nod goes to the vikequeens. In addition to being drama queens they’re also gender bending Helga hat wearing, cross dressing, drag queens. They win!

  73. randomguy9999 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:36 AM

    kingfish4242 says:
    Mar 24, 2012 7:54 AM

    To the Vikings fans crying about a stolen Super Bowl. Bountygate didn’t cause you to lose.

    ============================

    the play particulars aren’t relevant….. the Saints throughout the game put much greater physical force on Farve in an attempt to intentionally take him out of the game… thus degrading his ability to play / make decisions to a greater degree than is normally expected in the game.

    When you circumvent the rules of the game by hurting the opponent to a much greater degree than is normal in the game ….

    well…. there’s a word for when you circumvent the rules of a game: cheating

    and yes, in reality cheating does tarnish your team.

  74. phillyphever says: Mar 24, 2012 9:39 AM

    Ah Zach, there’s still that other pink elephant in the room the Saints have to take of. You know, making a certain QB happy with his contract so he doesn’t hold out.

  75. ahmiller21 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:41 AM

    Amgdds

    Mar 24, 2012, 7:34 AM EDT
    $1500 for anyone that breaks the worlds legs

    Best post I have ever seen!!!!!! Hahahahahahaha!!

  76. bangitfootball says: Mar 24, 2012 9:41 AM

    $100 for any player that knocks Strief out cold.

  77. thejuddstir says: Mar 24, 2012 9:42 AM

    “We’ve worked very hard, I know as players, to gain respect, not only as a good team but as a good group of guys”………………………..somebody should tell him they have a whole lot more work to do. Prior to 2006-2007 the Aints fans even wore bags over their heads and then they bring in Williams and Payton who decide that “we gotta cheat in order to win around here”. Sad, but the legacy of the Aints will always be “Bountygate”. I would love to hear what Saints players and fans would say if they found out someone had put a bounty on Drew Brees and he was carted off the field. Here’s your chance Saints fans…what would you say??

  78. cdsaints says: Mar 24, 2012 9:43 AM

    Whew, the bounty scandal sure is bringing the delusional pearl clutching morons out in droves. Anyone lambasting the Saints for “dirty” play just plain does not understand NFL football. Bounties are paid in YOUR teams locker room…yes YOURS. Pull your heads out of your asses.

  79. pitolove124 says: Mar 24, 2012 9:50 AM

    Who is Zach Streif? Should put a bounty on your mom for giving you that F*k’d up name.

  80. minnysoda says: Mar 24, 2012 9:51 AM

    I am going to write all DA offices in every city the Saints played in during the “bounty” years and suggest criminal charges be brought. Paying someone to “INTENTIONALLY harm is a big no no
    Suckky on that CDSAINTS NO it is not I think the NFL did the right thing except they should have stripped the SB title too

  81. hobbstweedle says: Mar 24, 2012 9:55 AM

    It is obvious that Strief doesn’t get it, and any other Saints player who feels this way doesn’t get it, either. If you are using what has happened here (being caught, and then punished) as motivation for fire in your belly, that means you don’t think you did anything wrong, and that you have been unjustly punished. And in light of the fact that these guys – like Strief – aren’t in the least bit apologetic, it tells me that they are BLIND to the fact that they are all wrong in this fiasco.

    When you understand that you have committed a wrong and you are properly punished – which I guess they were, but it sure coulda been worse – you are contrite. You don’t lose your fight as a player by any means, but you certainly don’t adopt the “us against the world” mentality. Especially when you don’t deserve to.

  82. monkeyboymotors says: Mar 24, 2012 10:00 AM

    hey zach maybe you could give mcdonald’s giftcards “to players who cheat” as extra motivation! then when you’re caught,just lie and say you didn’t. HEY IT HELPED YOU WIN BEFORE.

  83. easyeddie says: Mar 24, 2012 10:04 AM

    If the Saints were that good a team, there’d been no need for any bounties.

  84. vikefan says: Mar 24, 2012 10:06 AM

    all of the home teams fans from saints away games this year should boycott the saints game & make nfl force saints orgainization to reimburse home team fans for mockery of league

    …….and force them to move to LA

  85. yogikenobi says: Mar 24, 2012 10:11 AM

    I seem to recall Colts players saying this last year. Didn’t work out too well in their case.

  86. virgiltab says: Mar 24, 2012 10:13 AM

    I hate the Saints period! They Milked Hurricane Katrina for all they could knowingly they were out to hurt other players during the same time period. You stay classy New Orleans. 2 Faced organization.

  87. jason1980 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:21 AM

    Yeah, Saints hoisting the next Lombardi trophy, and smiling at you haters, that’s gonna be sweet. Up yours! If I were a member of any NFL team this season, I would be really scare, because the Saints really are “coming to get ya”, with a big a$$ chip on their shoulders. They would be wise not to take that threat likely. Geaux Saints! We won’t allow Godell to destroy this franchise, NEVER!!!

  88. dakingsocrownme says: Mar 24, 2012 10:23 AM

    Ya couldn’t help but put that last little piece@ the end could you? Blah Blah Blah..they may rally around him in the offseason…but its going to hurt during the season. Please remind on when u aqcquired psychic abilities you that help you to predict the future?

    Too all those saying they were attempting to PURPOSELY injure players as if there was MALICIOUS intent.

    Please remove yourself from the Tip of the New Orleans Saints Fleur De Lis

    Thanks!!
    Loyal Saints Fan
    Not an NFL Fan

  89. grimreeper says: Mar 24, 2012 10:26 AM

    Yea I think the saints stink didn’t like them when they were losing didn’t like them when they were winning! They always have been crap and getting what they deserve! Hey & I’m from Louisiana!!!!!

  90. twodat says: Mar 24, 2012 10:28 AM

    The writer of this article is famous for editing out comments that do not agree with his view of the world and do not bolster his side That being said, I don’t expect that this post will make it through. Have lots of evidence and snapshots they are taken down.

    But I am feeling generous today and will try again. A penalty is deserved; most Saints fans think SP should have stopped this and was arrogant not to have done so; but the punishment is excessive. The team and the city are rallying over the excessive penalty. We take adversity well and always surprise by doing well. Don’t count us out

  91. abr173rd says: Mar 24, 2012 10:34 AM

    It’s funny all of the non-Saints fans who are from teams that have straight up sucked each year and get pounded year in and year out feel the need to share their tainted opinions. It’s going to be so refreshing to watch the WHO DATS!!! Destroy teams once again this year. P.S. the offensive players had nothing to do with it, so whats with all the hatred? Whats he supposed to say, were going to lay down and die like the Colts so we secure a # 1 draft pick,lol.

    Come down off your morale high horse people, because your team didn’t get caught doesn’t make them “Saints”. Its going to be awesome to see what this congressional inquiry comes up with, something tells me a lot of fans are going to be eating crow in general….

  92. dakingsocrownme says: Mar 24, 2012 10:35 AM

    And to the guy above my first post. No one thinks we were wrongly punished…not even us fans. We think it was EXCESSIVE…..very very very EXCESSIVE. If we layed so many ILLEGAL hits…where were the penalties?

    Guess the refs were putting in on the bounties 2 huh.

    Or i guess Bart Scott putting some hotsauce on a player beneath the pile isn’t causing intentional harm right?

    I remember a lot and when it was posted on this site. Yet thats malicious intent to hurt another player. Its done after the whistle and underneath the pile….yet the article posted was meant to make it funny.

    Don’t be a hypocrite all your lives.

    Please remove yourselves from the tip of the New Orleans Saints Fleur De Lis

    Thank You
    Loyal Saints Fan
    Not an NFL Fan

    Us against the world..welcome to the Dark Side

  93. cags777 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:39 AM

    So in other words, you’re going to use the fact that your team cheated with the use of bounties for three seasons in order to be your true motivation? Nice of you not to acknowledge everything your teammates and coaches ran your program. Keep it classy.

  94. sportsfuhnatic says: Mar 24, 2012 10:39 AM

    Payton got what he deserved. More Aints players speaking out just shows how dumb they are.

  95. chiadam says: Mar 24, 2012 10:44 AM

    Does any team NOT use the “us against the world” thing? And is that the same as the “no one believed in us” thing? I didn’t hear them complaining when ESPN was cramming them down our throats.

  96. dakingsocrownme says: Mar 24, 2012 10:48 AM

    lol@two dat. I believe you. I got 1 of my post taken down 6 diff times…but good ole copy and paste and being in IT allowed me to keep reposting it until the moderator got tired of deleting it.

    What a bunch of turds

  97. holeinone09 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:57 AM

    I guess they will try to rally together since that is what teams do. They want to make a distraction from the huge negative public attention they are getting. However, this is a major distraction in many ways that will likely have a net negative impact on their performance, which wouldn’t be unusual given the circumstances.

    How about some of the players coming out and apologizing for what they did, and decrying it publicly saying it was a huge mistake? Especially the ones that were involved? When will that happen? I would think the league is still going to have some severe penalties for the players learned to be involved. Maybe the players are afraid to plead guilty by making a statement before the NFL lowers the boom on them.

    Finally, I would think some the their opponents will have what the Saints did on their minds when they play. Especially the teams that had players on the bounty list.

    This is a huge and deep permanent stain on the Saints organization, no matter how you try to camoflage it by some internal rallying tactic.

  98. revroy78 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:01 AM

    If it’s really us (the Saints) against the world, I’ll put my money on the world. How many Saints are there, 53 or so? Well, there are 7 billion people in the world. I’ll take those odds.

  99. boisestatewhodat says: Mar 24, 2012 11:08 AM

    All I’ll say is this: watch the Saints come out the gate with intensity rivaling that of the 2006 season. This isn’t the first time this team has faced adversity and if there’s a team in the league more aptly suited to overcome it…its the New Orleans Saints. Saints fans are the victims here and my guess is…they’ll have the last laugh.

  100. 4tigerbait says: Mar 24, 2012 11:08 AM

    I hope all these talking heads aren’t fans of the Titans, Resdkins, Bills or Ravens. All of which have had players come out and said they had a bounty system in place. The issue is bigger and did not start with the the Saints.

  101. crabboil says: Mar 24, 2012 11:10 AM

    It’s gonna be brutal in the Dome, ladies. Big nasty hits… on the house.

  102. bigbluefan1 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:12 AM

    You cheated you lied you got busted face the facts you did the crime now do the time.

    Many of you Saint fans with your heads up your butts forget one very important fact

    One day very soon the phone is going to ring in the owners office the call will be from Rodger in NY tell the Saints how many of there players will miss games lots of players going to be sitting home for a few weeks.
    They can all go to Seans house and enjoy the games on TV but as the Saints will be blacked out due to few fans wanting to watch the scrubs play

    Stick that on your french crown and enjoy

    And I am a fan of a team that has won twice the number of SB in four years as the Saints have in history

  103. thehighhat says: Mar 24, 2012 11:19 AM

    amgdds says:
    Mar 24, 2012 7:34 AM
    $1500 for anyone that breaks the worlds legs
    ________________________________

    Thank you buddy!!! I needed a good laugh this morning!!!

  104. matthewderbes says: Mar 24, 2012 11:24 AM

    I have never seen a larger bunch of f’in vadges in my life than on this thread of comments.

    What did the Saints do that was so bad? Hit a QB? Hit a receiver? Keep crying b&%*ches while we keep winning! Even without the coach we will still have the #1 offense in football and one of the best DC’s in football coaching the D. We brought in Bunkley and have so many up and comers on defense. Hell, we dropped 32 on the #1 defense in football even with 5 turnovers. The only reason we didn’t get a trophy last year was because that moron Williams called man on the final drive.

    Watch the F out! We are going to get the #1 seed and since Payton can legally rejoin the team as soon as the SB is over, he will be on the podium right there holding our 2nd trophy in 4 years. F YALLL!!!!!

  105. virgiltab says: Mar 24, 2012 11:27 AM

    Can we give New Orleans back to the French? The U.S. would be a much better place. God awful team and city. One of the most corrupt cities in the country. Gov’t and sports

  106. hound44 says: Mar 24, 2012 11:32 AM

    Its amazing how you cowardly trolls use this site to display your negative views of anything and everything you deem wrong. NEWS FLASH, this fricking world is not according to you or the trash you spew. The last time I checked, the OFFENSE wasn’t commiting any BOUNTIES you A**HOLES! The game is played on the field not in your Living Rooms. I wish that I could see your CRACK FACES when the opposing defenses are getting their A**ses handed to them like they usually do when facing the Saints Offense. So keep up the rhetoric, it makes for good laughs. The season cannot get here soon enough, you DING BATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  107. emperorzero says: Mar 24, 2012 11:49 AM

    I can’t think of a more likeable (or at least non-hateable) franchise than the Saints before the whole bounty fiasco. I mean seriously – who really “hates” the Saints? But the way the players are complaining about the punishment makes them an unlikeable bunch. It really shouldn’t be that hard to figure out that the guy who leads the team and orchestrated “getting your ducks in a row” would get a full year suspenson.

  108. CKL says: Mar 24, 2012 11:50 AM

    saints25 says: Mar 24, 2012 8:04 AM

    lets not forget the Pats,Coach BB no games missed..
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Right…because he didn’t…LIE TO THE COMMISSIONER when he was turned in by mangini/tanny. Why is this so hard for people to understand?? If BB had lied, I have 0 doubt in my mind he would have been done for 16 games as well.

    Sure the players will have an “us against the world” thing going as did the Pats in 07. But the 07 Pats HAD BB. SP is a fantastic offensive coach and without him (and with the other guys w/ HC experience either suspended for a bit also [Vitt] or trying to implement a new defense [Spags]I can’t see the Saints breaking 8-8, motivation or not. Don’t forget, there will likely be some players missing on D as well due to suspension.

  109. matthewderbes says: Mar 24, 2012 11:51 AM

    Excellent point hound44!

    If we cheated, where are the penalties? I have checked all the major websites and despite them being able to tell me stats like “that was first ever 200 yard rushing game by a man weighing under 213 pounds since 1987″, they have yet to release a story about the personal foul penalty team ranks from 2009-2012.

    If the Saints cheated, they should rank #1 on that list, right?

    The fact is that they were more aggressive and laid more viscious legal shots than other teams. If they were paid a few extra dollars, who cares? Oh I know who cares, losers.

    Fact is that the Saints are the winniest franchise of the last 6 years and no one can stop our offense. Our defense consistently has ranked in the bottom of the league. Heck, in 2009, we ranked dead last in scoring defense.

    Get over it, we won!

    Special thanks to AP’s 6 fumbles and Favre’s lat game interception in the NFC championship.

    WHO DAT!!!

  110. virgiltab says: Mar 24, 2012 11:52 AM

    @houd44 Mar 24, 2012 11:32 AM

    Anger Management dude!!! haha. It’s a blog\website. No one takes anything on the internet serious anyway….well except maybe for you.

    Pump the brakes! You do know not to believe everything you read on the internet right?

  111. mattbmore says: Mar 24, 2012 11:53 AM

    I heard the bounty out on “The World” is up to 100k.

  112. nowillrepeat says: Mar 24, 2012 11:56 AM

    Cant wait to see all you haters once parcells signs on to substitute.

    You are all pathetic hypocrites

  113. detroitcityryda says: Mar 24, 2012 11:57 AM

    Saints have become the pats after spygate it will take 2-3 years for the hate to stop . I’m enjoying it because I know if it was the lions you all would be 1000 times worse .

  114. MichaelEdits says: Mar 24, 2012 12:10 PM

    When Sean Payton’s leg got busted up last year, did somebody pay somebody a bounty for it?

  115. raiders757 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:32 PM

    Other than the game against my Raiders this up and coming season, I hope the Saints kick he crap out of everyone in their way. I’m really disappointed in what a bunch pansies my fellow NFL fans have become. Not only pansies, but hypocrites as well. I don’t condone bounties on injuring opposing players, but the league, the media, and a vast majority of dumbed down soft shell fans have overreacted over this issue.

    Many of you cry and carry on about how the NFL is becoming flag football, but God forbid a player does his job and hits as hard as he can within the limits of the current rules. That’s all the Saints players did, but with a little bit of extra unneeded motivation. All be it twisted, motivation.

    In reality, it didn’t change a thing. If you play defense, your goal is to hit a player so hard, that they fear possessing the ball in, or around, you. If that isn’t your goal, there’s a reason your not a defensive player at the NFL level.

    It’s sad that the NFL has become so corporate, and even worse that so many fans have followed suit. This generation of NFL fans are a joke, and I can only imagine many of you are shocked at the way the game used to be played. I guess this is what happens when the soccer mom mentality of “everyone is a winner” finally grows up. Thumb me down all you want, but those who thmb me down only prove that they’re little soft shell pansies. May the Saints kick all of your collective rear ends this season.

    You have the one and only Nation’s support New Orleans. THE Raider Nation. Screw the soft shell chumps that want to turn the NFL into two hand touch.

  116. turbodog1027 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:35 PM

    I cant believe how gullible you people are that are just following behind King Roger and his quest to turn the NFL into a flag football league.

    You do realize this is all about the money right???
    Players from just 15 years ago are laughing at how soft the NFL has become and Troy Aikman is absolutely right when he says you wont even recognize the NFL in 10 years.

    This change in the NFL is great news to soccer because all this BS talk about saving players knees and making football safe is all just BS. Football is in an inherently violent sport and you can legislate that out of the game or you will have a watered down product akin to Flag football.

    MLB and the NBA along with Soccer nuts are loving this.
    THE DECLINE OF THE NFL.

    Way to go Roger

  117. vtopa says: Mar 24, 2012 12:38 PM

    How I DESPISE the Saints haters on this board.

    What do you EXPECT the guy to say? He’s a football player in the NFL. His team just got gutted. He HAS to play with a chip on his shoulder, as does that team, all season.

    You want them to bow their heads, say mea culpa 1,ooo times, then roll over and die?

    Did they RAPEE a woman? Did they BEAT their WIVES? Do DRUGS? No, they broke the rules. They are getting punished. Enough already.

    Are you idiots serious? I hope they destroy your teams week in and week out. The hating and the whining are just spectacular here.

  118. dtrb10 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:49 PM

    @matthewderbes And you know that is the reason because you know you were dominated in that game even with the cheating and the refs. They should take that super bowl away too. Cheating ass bit&!es!

  119. slider7702 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:53 PM

    So sick of Saints fans and players crying about this. Nobody wants you to win because of what you’ve done. This happens when people people do very bad things. Get over it and take the punishment like men.

  120. cags777 says: Mar 24, 2012 12:54 PM

    @matthewderbes – you should stop with the ranting and accept the fact your team cheated. The refs chose NOT to throw flags and the Saints needed the officials help in order to win the game despite the Vikings turnovers. If the Saints were really that great in that game, why did they win in overtime? Why did they have to play dirty/cheap in order to “win”? I would advise you to stay away from Bourbon Street and not milk the Hurricane Katrina tragedy for five years after the fact like WHO DAT Nation, Drew Brees, Sean Payton, and the rest of the Saints brass.

  121. boisestatewhodat says: Mar 24, 2012 1:26 PM

    Hey big blue…during those 4 years, how many times has your team even come remotely close to staying on the same field with the Saints? Congrats on your SB but really…c’mon man. Saints own your team!

  122. musicman495 says: Mar 24, 2012 1:31 PM

    Maybe some fan will pay a criminal to smash Brees’s throwing hand with a hammer right before the game. There is really little difference between that, and what the Saints did to Favre in the NFC Championship. The only difference is that the Favre walked on the field first.
    ————————————————-
    Yeah, just like it, other than the hammer.

    I sleep better knowing some of you losers are here to protect “sportsmanship” and “the integrity of the game.”

  123. musicman495 says: Mar 24, 2012 1:37 PM

    And I am a fan of a team that has won twice the number of SB in four years as the Saints have in history
    —————————————
    2011 – NYG 24 @ NO 49
    2009 – NYG 27 @ NO 48
    2007 – NO 30 @ NYG 7

    Tell you what, just be glad you did not have to face the Saints in the playoffs either time on your way to those SB’s.

  124. musicman495 says: Mar 24, 2012 1:39 PM

    virgiltab says: Mar 24, 2012 10:13 AM

    I hate the Saints period! They Milked Hurricane Katrina for all they could knowingly they were out to hurt other players during the same time period. You stay classy New Orleans. 2 Faced organization.
    —————————-
    Actually, no, Katrina was 2005, and the “bounties” were reportedly in 2009-2011. But you go head and make things up if you like.

  125. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 24, 2012 1:52 PM

    Nobody ever wanted you to win.. it is now what it always has been. Saints fans are the only people who don’t hate the Saints.. the only difference in 2009 was that you had a hurricane 3 years before that and the Media saw your team as a good storyline. Media can make the appearance of support that isn’t there, espn assumes that everyone loves Tebow (i do by the way) but reality is that its 50-50.

  126. hobbstweedle says: Mar 24, 2012 2:12 PM

    “You want them to bow their heads, say mea culpa 1,ooo times, then roll over and die?”

    No, vtopa, I don’t. Just once will do.

  127. glac1 says: Mar 24, 2012 2:18 PM

    the organization should be expelled from the league.

  128. 13curtjp says: Mar 24, 2012 2:45 PM

    What’s funny is how some of you saints fans still don’t get it. Yes, illegal hits happen all the time as well as dirty plays. The difference between that and what the saints were doing is the players were being paid bonuses to do those kind of things. And to have to win like that really shows what kind of team they really are.

  129. gwahknows says: Mar 24, 2012 2:59 PM

    The Saints are NOT the victims here! If you would’ve just stopped when TOLD to do so then this would’ve blown over with NO punishment just like Green Bay.
    ==================================
    In 2007, Packers players reportedly offered to pay the team’s defensive linemen $500 each if they were able to hold Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson under 100 rushing yards and the Carolina Panthers under 60 rushing yards as a team…Im pretty sure the saints bounties were a bit more serious.

  130. saintsfan1111 says: Mar 24, 2012 3:16 PM

    Keep dreaming profootball talk. The gloves are coming off!

  131. vtopa says: Mar 24, 2012 4:28 PM

    hobbstweedle says:
    Mar 24, 2012 2:12 PM
    “You want them to bow their heads, say mea culpa 1,ooo times, then roll over and die?”

    No, vtopa, I don’t. Just once will do.
    ——————————–

    You hear what you want to hear. Plenty of Saints players have said that the bounties were wrong, and that it should not have happened. Brees, Porter, Greer and others. What gets paid attention to is their anger about losing their coach for a year. Are they supposed to be happy about that? Remember too that the punishments and investigation of players has not come down yet. Anything the players say will be held against them until then. They’d be stupid to admit anything right now.

  132. jigga757 says: Mar 24, 2012 10:47 PM

    come on zach…u the last on that need to talk…me bein a saints fan…i notice 90 percent of the blitzes come ur way because u cant block…u r the weak side…instead of commenting u should be hitting the weights HARD this offseason buddy

  133. bearsoxass says: Mar 25, 2012 7:22 AM

    Us against the world …poor you bunch of cheaters!

  134. grimreeper says: Mar 25, 2012 8:58 AM

    I’m so tired of these sAINTS fans crying about this bounty! Common on are you really a fan are just jumped on the band wagon when they started to win Agee games are when they won a superbowl that was paid for them to win because of hurricane Katrina!! The sAINTS will never get back to a super bowl and I hope all 27 players in on the bounty get what’s coming to them, putting a bounty on a certain player of the opposite team common thats bull! I bet if there was a bount on Mr. Breeze and he got his knees F-up the sAINTS fan would be singing a different tune probably in saprano! Just face if they were wrong now take the punishment and shut the hell up!

  135. karlyest says: Jun 29, 2012 2:02 AM

    @pitolove124 REALLY? you bring someone’s mother and parents into this conversation?? Show some class. This boys have families of their own. It’s sad and disgusting to have you not only bash a team, but bash their families as well.

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