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Andy Reid supports Roger Goodell cracking down on the Saints

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When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton for the year, one of Payton’s fellow NFL coaches, Philadelphia’s Andy Reid, thought that was the right call.

“I don’t agree with bounties,” Reid told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I know I don’t believe in that, and I know I support what the commissioner did.”

Reid says his support for Goodell goes beyond just the way he reacted to the Saints bounty scandal, and includes pretty much everything Goodell is doing to change the culture of professional football.

“You can still put a lick on a guy. You can still do that,” Reid said. “You just have to move your target, where you’re going to tackle, and I think that’s OK.”

Many NFL players have come forward to say Goodell is too heavy handed in the way he deals with discipline, from the Saints’ bounties to off-field misconduct and especially regarding fines and suspensions for on-field hits. Reid doesn’t see it that way.

“I think the league’s done a great job, and I think if you look at the big picture of Roger Goodell, people kind of micro-analyze him, I think. You have to look at the things that he’s doing he feels are the best for the game,” Reid said. “He’s making people accountable for their work and what they say and what they do, and I don’t think that’s bad.”

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  1. mybrunoblog says: May 14, 2012 9:13 AM

    Reid was also quoted by reporters as saying “can I get more bacon on that double cheeseburger?”

  2. bucup says: May 14, 2012 9:15 AM

    If you can’t beat them…….. Tell on them

  3. geauxjay says: May 14, 2012 9:16 AM

    Andy Reid thinks it’s okay to make one team the scapegoat and punish them to the Stone Age with no evidence, while every other team goes unpunished?

    Okay, whatever.

  4. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: May 14, 2012 9:17 AM

    If I were a coach, player, or fan in the NFC I would want a Super Bowl contender to have the book thrown at them too.

  5. robf2010 says: May 14, 2012 9:18 AM

    And the Saints just circled November 5 on their calenders …

  6. biggerballz says: May 14, 2012 9:21 AM

    does he also support the legal system for cracking down on his sons?

  7. dvdman123 says: May 14, 2012 9:23 AM

    Does anybody really care what Andy Reid says anymore?

  8. geauxjay says: May 14, 2012 9:25 AM

    Wait…Andy Reid has seen the 50,000 pages of evidence but the NFLPA and Jonathan Vilma’s attorney’s haven’t?

  9. cardmagnet says: May 14, 2012 9:27 AM

    Now that Reid has settled this issue, maybe he can actually succeed at coaching football and get that Super Bowl…bah, who am I kidding? Philthadelphia will always stink under him.

  10. skippynj says: May 14, 2012 9:28 AM

    So a coach in the same conference as the Saints and whose team will be playing the Saints this season likes that the commissioner weakened one of his opponents. Fascinating.

  11. wtfru2 says: May 14, 2012 9:29 AM

    And Fat Bastard said, I haven’t seen my weenie for 3 years. You declare it legally dead.

  12. geauxjay says: May 14, 2012 9:29 AM

    …thus guaranteeing that he will never be the subject of a Roger Goodell witch hunt like Sean Payton was because Payton blew off league rules during the Super Bowl and bragged about them in his book, and because Goodell couldn’t punish him for painkillers.

  13. SeenThisB4 says: May 14, 2012 9:35 AM

    And Reid should also be aware that the penalties imposed were for “off-field” rules violations, not “on-field” performance, so his teams got beat fair and square by the Saints. Yeah, he’s real clear on the issue, uh-huh.

  14. dthibod says: May 14, 2012 9:37 AM

    Well said everyone. Who cares what Andy thinks! His opinion means what???? To whom????

  15. gbmickey says: May 14, 2012 9:41 AM

    Here we go lets que the incessant whining by Saint fans claiming no evidence while the amount that has come out thusfar is damning and only a fool would act like they are being treated unjustly. Give it a break already.

  16. dthibod says: May 14, 2012 9:42 AM

    There are too many Saint haters out there. I hope the other teams that used pay-for-performance get exposed so all the haters will shut up. I’m sure Roger Badsmell will do his best so that doesn’t happen.
    #saintsfanforlife

  17. kathyisintheroom says: May 14, 2012 9:43 AM

    Get the facts straight.

    NO bounty
    YES pay for performance

    Punishment without evidence is the Goodell way

  18. captatl says: May 14, 2012 9:44 AM

    Witch hunt? HAHAHA. Delusional. No way the NFL doesnt have evidence. Just because you have not seen it or heard it does not mean it does not exist. 50/50 chance he has coached his last game, because he is not smart enough to abide by the rules of his suspension, or thinks he is so smart he wont get caught. Seems the witch hunt evidence that Goodell showed Payton, Loomis and Vitt shut them up. Or maybe he performed some kind of mind melt on them. The less I hear from Williams, Loomis and Payton, the more I believe they got off light.

  19. kevsright says: May 14, 2012 9:45 AM

    Easy for Andy to say..
    He’d be singing a different tune if King Roger was cracking down on the conspicuous consumption of cheesesteaks,
    or the signing of lousy “quarterbacks” (Bad Newz Vick) :mrgreen:

  20. soia311 says: May 14, 2012 9:51 AM

    Bounty on Reid now.

  21. cowboycjn says: May 14, 2012 9:51 AM

    And Andy Reid is WHO???? Whats he doing sucking butt because he knows he’s not much of a coach and may need a job within the NFL one day?
    Now I can sleep so much better knowing he made that statement.

  22. pghguyy says: May 14, 2012 9:52 AM

    I think andy is a good man. I don’t think he would lie about those things.

  23. tubaplayingprof says: May 14, 2012 9:52 AM

    More and more Andy Reid seems to me the epitome of the “corporate” coach: the steady but unremarkable success (always in the hunt for a playoff spot), his attention to pr, yet the insanely boring persona, especially at required news conferences, the stock-piling of draft picks, the attention to the salary cap as a measure of success, the safe risks of signing cheaply talented players coming off of injuries, etc. Any wonder that he would support the shied and its papal leader? That’s what mid-level managers do. “Yes sir, yes sir, yes sir; good one sir……

  24. dthibod says: May 14, 2012 9:56 AM

    Congratulations to the new couple Goodell & Reid!

  25. ooops11 says: May 14, 2012 9:59 AM

    He’s heavy…. we got it.

    Come up w/something original and football-related.

    -Ooops

  26. jenniferxxx says: May 14, 2012 10:04 AM

    Did you ever dream back in college that your job would be this? Sad huh.

  27. amaf21 says: May 14, 2012 10:07 AM

    The Commish should hammer this blabbermouth for being the worst parent ever! And they should lose all their draft picks too.

  28. geauxjay says: May 14, 2012 10:07 AM

    Here we go lets que the incessant whining by Saint fans claiming no evidence while the amount that has come out thusfar is damning and only a fool would act like they are being treated unjustly. Give it a break already.
    ____________________________

    Damning evidence. Here’s what has been released so far:

    1. A Gregg Williams statement which has been discovered to have been reworded by the NFL to say something that it doesn’t

    2. An Anthony Hargrove “confession” which has been discovered to have been reworded by the NFL to say something that it doesn’t

    3. A “promise” from a man in prison to pay a bounty, which is impossible.

    Why don’t you Eagles fans just come out and say it. You hate the Saints and you want them punished and you don’t care that there is no evidence.

    You’re the ones with the problem.

  29. bleed4philly says: May 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    What’s he supposed to say?

  30. kathyisintheroom says: May 14, 2012 10:16 AM

    gbmickey says:
    May 14, 2012 9:41 AM
    Here we go lets que the incessant whining by Saint fans claiming no evidence while the amount that has come out thusfar is damning and only a fool would act like they are being treated unjustly. Give it a break already.

    ****************************************

    Here we go by the habitual trollers who have nothing else to do for 51 weeks a year. Can’t wait till it’s so peaceful here for that 1 week while these clowns are away wearing their trekkie clothes and relating to the only other people that know they exist at the Comic-Con family reunion. Then we can read posts from actual football knowledgeable people rather than nonsensical dribble

  31. lucky5934 says: May 14, 2012 10:17 AM

    I also support Roger Goodell’s punishment. Anyone who breaks the rules should be punished severely.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Belichick

  32. biasedhomer says: May 14, 2012 10:20 AM

    All these crying Saints fan, blind to the truth

  33. pastabelly says: May 14, 2012 10:22 AM

    The league has a crisis on its hands and that relates to all of the concussion lawsuits and the ones that haven’t even hit yet. Goodell is responsible for getting the league past that and away from congressional investigations. That’s not the NFLPA’s job. Also, there is no doubt that most fans don’t appreciate the position that Goodell is in (waiting for many thumbs down for this post). It’s the owners and commissioner who need to serve as stewards of the game. If anyone is waiting for Dee Smith ever to do anything about players health, you shouldn’t hold your breath. Unless it relates to more money and less time in the offseason, the NFLPA has no interest. It’s laughable that they haven’t even staked out a position on the concussion lawsuits and THAT is what Goodell and the owners are up against.

  34. jaykmead says: May 14, 2012 10:28 AM

    Saints fans are also helping OJ find the real killer when they aren’t taking parenting classes from Casey Anthony.

  35. NOLA in Focus says: May 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    they didn’t have 50,000 pages of evidence. they had to review over 50,000 documents to find ANYTHING that resembled evidence, including an inside joke taken out of context.

    reading: you’re doing it wrong.

  36. wubomber says: May 14, 2012 10:36 AM

    Fat selfish SOB!!! I am sure he wasn’t publicly supporting the judge who sent his drug dealing and abusing, gun packing, road raging auto wrecking kids to prison. I bet there is a letter from fat coach begging the judge to light on his children who clearly repeatedly broke a handful of laws.

    Besides Andy has a history of cheating, participating in the Punt-Pass-&-Kick competition when he was a 20 year old giant against scrawny 12 year olds.

  37. Awol.West says: May 14, 2012 10:40 AM

    Is it a coincidence how all the haters woke up to express their negative viewpoint about an easy target? Those people obviously aren’t leaders like they think they are, and don’t read what someone says b/c of who it is.

    They already have preconceived comments to type, and a top sports site continues to get garbage commenters because the die-hards know when to assert their objective two sense for the love of the game.

  38. eyeh8goodell says: May 14, 2012 11:03 AM

    Unfortunately, Coach Reid, nobody is there to hold Goodell accountable for the things HE does and says. There are no checks and balances. He is a Dictator. And no, he’s not simply doing the bidding of the owners. They didn’t hire him to be a spokesman for the owners. They hired him to be the Commissioner and drive the direction of the league.

  39. franktherat96 says: May 14, 2012 11:03 AM

    I support Andy Reid and every one of the Super Bowl trophies he has won…..wait a minute…sorry, was thinking of another coach….never mind.

  40. hairpie says: May 14, 2012 11:16 AM

    geauxjay says:
    May 14, 2012 9:16 AM
    Andy Reid thinks it’s okay to make one team the scapegoat and punish them to the Stone Age with no evidence, while every other team goes unpunished?

    Okay, whatever.

    ——————————————-

    Just like Spygate. Didnt you hear the eagles whining and crying after that?

  41. 4thqtrsaint says: May 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    I love me some Saint haters… It means my team is that good. Nobody was ever caught hatin’ on a team that sucks.

  42. purplegreenandgold says: May 14, 2012 11:23 AM

    be careful Andy Reid… you ARE one of the hot seat coaches the saints play this year. would be hard to explain a saints win over your “dream” team.

  43. packhawk04 says: May 14, 2012 11:25 AM

    The NFL is out to get the saints. Its obvious. Theyre out to get james harrison and ndamukung suh too.

    The NFL is blatantly out to get the ones who break the rules. And its ruining the game. LET MY TEAM DO WHATEVER THEY WANT!!!

    sincerely, saints nation

  44. nflsecurity862 says: May 14, 2012 11:28 AM

    I wonder how much of a bounty the Saints just put on Reid?

  45. marcinhouston says: May 14, 2012 11:36 AM

    Reid is so enthusiastic about Goodell’s decisions that he buys cake and ice cream to celebrate every one. Anyway, if there is anyone who should realize the hypocrisy of the press that was praising and speculating and advocating over every rib shot Vick has taken the last two years, and is now holier than thou about hits the Saints delivered that never seriously injured any opposing QB, it should be Reid, but nah, he has sold out to the PR machine. He also agrees with Goodell taking his division rivals cap money, that was key to his support in this situation.

  46. geauxjay says: May 14, 2012 11:37 AM

    All these Eagles fans who say the Saints are guilty without seeing evidence must have been the same people who found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

  47. drbob117 says: May 14, 2012 11:41 AM

    For those Andy haters: When his sons were sentenced he made a point of saying that the judge has a tough job, and he felt he was more than fair to his kids. Now for the delusional Saints fans: Unlike the Pats cheating thing, the Saints were not put in a competitive advantage by the ‘bounty’ thing, and if they were because people on the other team felt intimidated, well, then shame on the Saints opponents. The Saints beat the Eagles several times in the last few years , and Eagles fans were the first to say the Saints were a much better team and deserved to win the game. However, Goodell has been the Commish for several years now, and the safety thing has been his big issue from day 1. And no, it doesn’t matter whether he does it to protect the shield from legal action or protect the players health or both, it only matters that he does it. For a coach to be so arrogant as to conduct a bounty system for years, and to continue it after the owner has told you to knock it off, and after the Commish has told you he’s investigating you for an additional year and a half is beyond arrogant. Lying to him during the investigation and telling him it never happened was stupid AND arrogant. Goodell is a person like anyone else. If you had rules, and someone in your league basically said”I’LL DO WHATEVER I WANT, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?”, what would you do? Look to really screw him? Sure you would. If he was fining and suspending guys like James Harrison just for playing a little beyond the rules, anyone with common sense knew that an organized attempt to injure opponents would draw one of the biggest punishments ever, and it did. Stop being angry at the league. You have one of the most talented teams in football. One of the best QBs ever. Your coach didn’t need to do that. Payton cost you a chance to compete in 2012. Loomis cost you a chance to compete. Williams cost you a chance to compete. I’d be damn angry too now if I were a Saints fan, but I’d be angry at the right people.

  48. packeranddarien says: May 14, 2012 11:44 AM

    Damning evidence. Here’s what has been released so far:

    1. A Gregg Williams statement which has been discovered to have been reworded by the NFL to say something that it doesn’t

    2. An Anthony Hargrove “confession” which has been discovered to have been reworded by the NFL to say something that it doesn’t

    3. A “promise” from a man in prison to pay a bounty, which is impossible.

    Why don’t you Eagles fans just come out and say it. You hate the Saints and you want them punished and you don’t care that there is no evidence.

    You’re the ones with the problem.

    Um, I for one don’t “hate” the Saints.

    But if you expect me to believe that all of these accusations were just “made up” over a 4 yr period, then you must be drinking the swamp water down there in the Bayou.

    It’s going to come out. You can book that.

    And for all you self-righteous Saints fans that think you have a dog in the fight here? News flash: Ya don’t. And you’re going to wish that the evidence didn’t come out because it’s going to make you even more foolish than you sound already ( If that is even possible).

    I particularly find it quite curious (and damning) that, like mentioned before by today’s posters, you haven’t heard BOO from any of the major players DENYING anything occured. They are using a tried defense strategy: Paint themselves as the victim.

    Another thing you people better realize is this: This isn’t due process. The commissioner viable by ANY statute, other than the one that was signed BY THE PLAYERS COMMITTEE IN THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, stating he is final authority in these matters.

    If they don’t like that now, they should have thought about that when they signed the damn thing.

  49. denverscott says: May 14, 2012 11:54 AM

    geauxjay
    What IS it with you aretards that think if you keep repeating “No evidence, No evidence”, will make the statement true? Do you think you’re a politician speaking to the “birthers”? Or, are you, as I suspect, just plain stupid? Don’t ever breed son, especially not with one of yer kinfolk.

  50. mancave001 says: May 14, 2012 12:00 PM

    cowboycjn says:
    May 14, 2012 9:51 AM
    And Andy Reid is WHO???? Whats he doing sucking butt because he knows he’s not much of a coach and may need a job within the NFL one day?
    Now I can sleep so much better knowing he made that statement
    ———————————–

    Who is Andy Reid? Well, as an Eagles fan I’m as critical of Andy as anyone. But Andy Reid is entering his 14th season as Eagles head coach. His team has made the playoffs 10 of those times. His team has appeared in 5 NFC title games and one Super Bowl. He is the winningest coach in Philadelphia Eagles history.

    Now, the real question is…who is Jerry Jones? Who are you? Your Cowgirls have one playoff win in…15 years. Your last playoff game was in 2009…one that you lost 34-3. Your team has done absolutely nothing since 1996. So yeah…ask me again who Andy Reid is. He’s pretty much your Daddy.

  51. eaglesnoles05 says: May 14, 2012 12:22 PM

    “Saints fans are also helping OJ find the real killer when they aren’t taking parenting classes from Casey Anthony.”

    L O L !!! Seriously. Right on point there, 100 thumbs up.

  52. deathtoromo says: May 14, 2012 12:31 PM

    For all the whining that’s goin on by saints fans, what did the saints really lose?? A head coach who wasn’t calling plays anyway. A declining middle linebacker and a journeyman defensive lineman ( for a few games ) and a second round pick for two years. They should consider themselves lucky they don’t play in the nfc east because Mara wouldve really stuck it to em. Ask Snyder and Jones.

  53. Deb says: May 14, 2012 12:32 PM

    Yes, Goodell has made some good decisions, but he’s also made a lot of bad calls. And my biggest complaint is that he’s a corporate guy who follows a corporate mindset.

    He’ll investigate and suspend guys like Roethlisberger and Favre when no arrests have been made and no complaints filed because they’re high profile. But he’ll let the Brandon Underwoods and Vince Youngs walk away from worse because the national media isn’t watching. He’ll scapegoat players making legal hits to convince Congress he cares about head injuries while the league ignores new helmets that could reduce injuries because they’re not manufactured by a partner equipment company. He’ll pretend expanding to an 18-game season won’t have an impact on players’ health and safety. And he’ll support owners nickel-and-diming about the number of men allowed on the season roster, although he knows letting teams keep a couple of extra players for substitutions would improve safety.

    Commissioner is a tough job. But no one should be fooled. Goodell’s first consideration will always be the league’s image and its bottom line–not the health and welfare of the players and certainly not the best interest of the fans.

  54. dexterismyhero says: May 14, 2012 12:34 PM

    @4thqtrsaint says:May 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    I love me some Saint haters… It means my team is that good. Nobody was ever caught hatin’ on a team that sucks.
    ==================================
    We are not Saints haters…..We are just laughing at your team, coaches, and GM for being flat out stupid when they were told to stop doing what they were doing. I’m sure there were other teams doing it, but they stopped or at least we have not heard about any other team that didn’t stop. Your team didn’t stop. Get it now?

  55. andyreidisarrogantandfat says: May 14, 2012 12:34 PM

    “You can still put a lick on a guy. You can still do that,”.
    ————————————–
    The Truth:
    “You can still put a lick on a guy. You can still do that,”. All this lick talk. now i’m hungry for ice cream. Roseman go get me 5 gallons of anything and get me a case of the jimmies that i like. hurry howie or i’ll tell everyone that you chose brandon graham.

    shut up andy no one cares.

  56. nolarules says: May 14, 2012 12:53 PM

    Eagles fans out in full force today defending their main man…well defending him today, then defecating on him tomorrow. Oh what a fan base. Such a moral bunch. Well at least today they are.

  57. andyreidisarrogantandfat says: May 14, 2012 12:58 PM

    mancave001

    who Andy Reid is. He’s pretty much your Daddy.

    —————————————-

    If andy were the cowboys daddy–they’d all being strung out, living in a drug emporium for a house(not my words the judge’s), and doing jail time. Wait he might of been the daddy of the cowboys in the 90’s.

    Relax eagle fan it’s just jokes. i love how seriously you guys take it. You are so cute with your little team.

  58. bucfandango says: May 14, 2012 1:05 PM

    Let me get this straight. So if Goodell punished the Saints for No reason and with No evidence, why not just punish all 32 teams? for no reason with no evidence. The Saints’ players are in complete denial, yet Payton, Loomis, Williams & Vitt aren’t denying anything. So I guess the Coaches are guilty and accepting, but the players had absolutely no involvement, zero, zip, zilch, nada.

    Veryyyyy Interestingggggggg.

    This strategy might just work. Not.

    Sorry but after the appeals are denied, Goodell should double all the suspension times for lying again, but this time to the fans.

  59. goodolebaghead says: May 14, 2012 4:32 PM

    Some of you are to simple to realize this isn’t about whether the Saints did it or not. It is about the dangerous precedent Goodell is setting here. This time, it is Goodell nailing the Saints on something they did. Next season it is him nailing someone on your team for something they didn’t do, but he thinks they did. That person will have no real chance to protect themselves, and the precedent will be there from in the past.

    Google slippery slope, and you will know why more than Saints fans should be worried about this failed attempt at a process.

  60. beeronthefridge says: May 14, 2012 7:30 PM

    Andy Reid is a man of honor!

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