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NEW ORLEANS -- The bounty scandal wrecked the Saints season. After averaging 12 wins a season from 2009-11, New Orleans stumbled to 7-9 in 2012. Coach Sean Payton was suspended for the year, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt missed six games before returning to a team that was 2-4.

Vitt has been outspoken about bountygate from the beginning including and up to his December testimony before an appeals hearing headed by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. The Times-Picayune obtained a copy of that testimony, and in it Vitt was blunt about Williams' role in the scandal.

Via the Picayune's Mike Triplett, Vitt alleged that Williams once promised to reward players if they knocked down or took out assistant coaches on the other team on plays near the sideline.

Vitt told Tagliabue that he made sure players understood that such behavior was unacceptable, and added that everyone understood that Williams' "schtick" and "false bravado" were such exaggerations of reality that players rarely took him seriously.

"If our players went out and performed what came out of Gregg Williams' mouth, and it went from his lips to their ears, and then it went to the performance, we would have people in jail right now ma'am," Vitt told NFL attorney Mary Jo White at the time. "We would have people in jail right now."

Williams, meanwhile, is looking to get back into the NFL, and there have been reports in recent days that the Titans are considering hiring him.

So why would Tennessee want to get involved with coach with so much baggage? For the same reasons teams take fliers on high-risk, high-reward players. Just look at the Saints' 2012 defense for proof.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/21624011/vitt-williams-promised-to-reward-players-for-injuring-opposing-coaches

Saints fans, players, organization are all scum, same bunch of losers in New Orleans who cheered when Cam went down and the announcers called you out.

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There is no secret that Saints fans are likely the most classless in the entire division. No doubt about it.

Hey that's your opinion, your entitled to it. Same is said by fans of every team and fans of every other team. It's your opinion, which is far from a fact.

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Nah! They probably go home and beat their wives anyway. They don't like fair games.

so you consider sucker punching teammates fair

that says a lot about you. usually that type of attitude comes from being around violence at a young age. so who was beating whom in your household?

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so you consider sucker punching teammates fair

that says a lot about you. usually that type of attitude comes from being around violence at a young age. so who was beating whom in your household?

So you consider cheering for injured players, acceptable?

Well, which is it?

Try the veal.

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So you consider cheering for injured players, acceptable?

Try the veal.

EVERY fans base has it's bottom dwellers, the Saints are no exceptions. Carolina has them as well. Anytime you try to say Saints fans, players, organization are all scum, you are going to be wrong. You don't know every player, fan, or members of the organization.

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