NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton on Tuesday, ending Payton’s suspension after nearly one full year away from his team. Goodell’s decision allows Payton to jump in and help with free agency and draft preparations — in the latter case, likely beginning immediately with the Senior Bowl.
Payton’s return also comes just a few days before the NFL world descends on New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. So, with their head coach back in place, Saints fans will be nice and welcoming for Goodell, right?
I still hate Roger Goodell. He’s forever tarnished the New Orleans Saints name.
— Jeremy Stevens (@JeremyStevens0) January 22, 2013
— sig (@sigfest) January 22, 2013
I still think Roger Goodell should hire a body double next week in New Orleans. You know just to be on the safe side lol.
— Chris Singleton (@courierchris) January 22, 2013
Lmao Roger Goodell on the do not serve list at half the restaurants in Nola
— Abu Jalloh (@ibecooking) January 22, 2013
With the reinstatement of Sean Payton, Katrina overtakes Goodell as the most unpopular name in New Orleans.
— John F Dillon (@JFD8) January 22, 2013
Suffice it to say, Goodell could be in for a cold welcome next week, as he parades around New Orleans on behalf of the NFL. The reception does not figure to get much friendlier during the Super Bowl itself, when Goodell presents the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the winner — plenty of Saints fans figure to nab tickets to the game, even though their team failed to make the playoffs.