That headline was almost a "No-Brainer". Our Saints analyst Phil Pullin (whose background is USMC Military Intelligence) and I talk about this sort of thing almost daily. Phil's contention is that if we're smart enough to even think about it, Peter Ginsberg is smarter and has already started doing it.
Bear in mind that even in the "appeal evidence presentation" the NFL had started moving away from characterizing their BountyScam accusations as a "pay-for-injury" program. Mary Jo White even went so far as to change the definition of "bounty" as it pertains to their charges to include all tackles/hits/whacks on players who had not been targeted in the defensive meetings.
Think about that for a moment. I still have to write the article and quote Mary Jo White from the final appeal hearing, but I'll sum it up in advance: White characterized all of the hard hits that the Saints made as bounties. In other words when other teams "hard tackle" for a sack or forced fumble it's no more than that, but when the Saints do it it's a bounty.
I've gotten off base a bit but I wanted to let you know about that one in advance.
Back to the subject: The NFL has already started "back-peddling" their accusations to claim that running a "pay-for-performance" or "player pool" is sufficient to justify the severity of the Saints suspensions. Yes, both programs violate the CBA but the NFL knows that other teams were doing it as well.
The only thing that would keep Roger's statement that "Our investigation has turned up no other cases of a bounty program" from being a blatant lie would be if the NFL purposely did not investigate any other team.
Not to worry... Sherlock Ginsberg and his team of well-paid "Watsons" is doing it for the NFL and Judge Berrigan.
Ginsberg may not be able to prove the 92 year record breaking suspensions of Loomis and Payton were excessive but he can damn sure prove that the NFL purposely singled out the Saints for prosecution/ persecution. All that Ginsberg's "Watsons" have to do is to go back and read the same articles you and I have already been reading for months. That alone will help Jonathan Vilma and the other suspended players.
If Goodell doesn't let Sean Payton come back to the Saints next season expect Sean to sue Goodell's azz so fast that it will make his head spin. Ginsberg is helping Sean Payton too.
Like the X-files Fox Mulder always said: "The truth is out there."