Report: NFL looking at video of Saints practice for possible violations

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Wednesday’s fight at Saints minicamp could lead to more sanctions in an offseason that has been overstuffed with them.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that NFL officials have been at Saints headquarters to look at film of the team’s practices this offseason. They are looking for any sign of contact during sessions that prohibit hitting between players. The Seahawks were docked two OTA days this week after the NFL and NFLPA found that there was live contact during practices that were supposed to be free of it.

On Wednesday, the Saints’ practice was halted briefly after linebacker Curtis Lofton and quarterback Chase Daniel came together. According to Rapoport, that spurred the league to start looking at video to look for contact violations. Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said Thursday that he was confident he and his staff knew the new rules in place governing offseason practices.

“I think everybody understands the CBA rules, some of the things we do are slower now,” Vitt said. “So I think we all need to understand the rules and couldn’t be more happy with where we are now.”

That happiness will likely fade if the Saints get docked practice time for anything that’s gone down on the field in Louisiana.

 

42 responses to “Report: NFL looking at video of Saints practice for possible violations

  1. “Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said Thursday that he was confident he and his staff knew the new rules in place governing offseason practices.”

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    A point of reference is needed here. Does he know them better or worse than he knows the rules in place governing bounties?

  2. This is so stupid. Violations for players hitting each other in a sport that requires you to hit? Gtfo here with that. The NFL is getting ridiculous with this sort of nonsense, I don’t care what team it is.

  3. Now it seems that the NFL is just piling on anything they can to make this organization look bad. Maybe we can get back to football soon?

  4. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and I’m not Saints fan I’m a Lions fan…..spygate >>>> bounties for those of you unfamiliar with math using multiple “>” means the magnitude is much greater and I end quote.

  5. From the BOUNTIES, to the BREES contract issues, to the FINES/SUSPENSIONS/APPEALS, to OTA gate, the taints are a MESS/JOKE/EMBARASSMENT!!!!

    Yep, Joe Vitt, we believe every word you say (sarc.)!!!!

  6. So now ACCIDENTAL contact is considered a violation? It’s football contact is gonna happen no matter what practice, flag or any other attempt at playing.

  7. This fits the title “Kick a man when he is down”. Not a Saints fan, but come on – give the team a break.

  8. Seems to me they would have better luck by adding OTAs when these infractions occur, rather than taking them away. Threatening people with extra time off has never been an effective tool.

  9. Love the jealous haters like doosh5 and the loosah above….saints own your team…now, get back to your cashier station at Walmart, bottom feeder…

  10. Oh Jesus effing Christ! Fights happen at summer practice from the high school level all the way up to the pros. Anybody who isn’t aware of this has never played the game and, therefore, is not allowed an opinion on the matter.

  11. Lofton jumped to deflect a pass attempt (which ended up being a pump fake) landed, and accidentally bumped Daniel causing tempers to flare.

    If the NFL is going to punish the Saints for this, the writing is on the wall for the appeals that have been scheduled. Petty and vindictive.

  12. dvdman123 says:Jun 7, 2012 5:19 PM

    Can the Saints sue the NFL for harrassment?

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    Let’s keep in mind the players/NFLPA were the ones who wanted to limit the amount of full contact practices. If the NFL failed to “protect” the players and uphold the CBA DeSmith would file a lawsuit so fast your head would spin.

    If this was really an issue for the players/NFLPA you would’ve heard about it by now. My guess is the NFL would happily relax the rules on OTAs but they don’t get to choose. Maybe the fans should be angry at the NFLPA?

  13. tilafoo says: Jun 7, 2012 4:32 PM

    This is so stupid. Violations for players hitting each other in a sport that requires you to hit? Gtfo here with that. The NFL is getting ridiculous with this sort of nonsense, I don’t care what team it is.

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    As someone pointed out, this is not the NFL’s doing; this was a provision put in to the CBA by the NFLPA.

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2012 5:09 PM

    Seems to me they would have better luck by adding OTAs when these infractions occur, rather than taking them away. Threatening people with extra time off has never been an effective tool.

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    The coaches would be the one to blame for most of the hitting incidents, as it would be them allowing and encouraging the contact. To add more days to the teams as punishment would only serve as a reason for the coaches to allow more contact to get more days to practice. If you’re going to have sanctions, the current system, as annoying as it may be, would be the way to go. Contact equals less time the coaches get with their players; it should be reason enough for the coaches to enforce the CBA provisions.

  15. unfortunately for all you saints fans that are hating on the NFL, this isn’t their choice. the nflpa (brees and co.) fought for this. now all the teams have to live with it. they wanted less contact throughout the season and now it is happening. the nfl is watching all the film from all the team practices and otas. it sux but the players wanted it. like others have said, this is a great way to legally get some otas cut but still get paid for those practices. all you have to do is tackle a running back a few time and there you go, too much contact.

  16. Well unfortunately for the NFL….you cannot legislate emotion. In the heat of the moment rules will be forgotten.

    The NFL is headed for a major demise. Gonna be extremely fun to watch. The media loves to bring down famous and powerful men…..and Goodell will have his day in the end. And he has much more significant heights to fall from than most others. It’ll make Favre’s fall from grace look like a one night drunken blunder that’s embarrassing the next morning, but soon forgotten.

  17. rr2000k says: Jun 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    So did someone on the Saints sleep with Goodell’s wife or something?

    –must have been Drew Brees.. wasn’t he one of the main leaders during the CBA negotations?—

  18. Hmm, the NFL is look at the Saints practices?

    Bill Belichick looked at video tapes of practices also, yet he and the patriots didn’t get in near as much trouble as the Saints. Does that seem fair to any football fan?

  19. Why is everyone pissed off at Goodell about this? It’s the players and the NFLPA that wanted the no-contact rules included in the new CBA.

    Shouldn’t the players and the NFLPA be pleased as punch (so to speak) that the sheriff wants to enforce the players’ own policy?

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