The Saints' organizational silence in the wake of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith's suspensions has been deafening. Remember: The Saintsspoke up aggressively to deny allegations when they were accused of illegally listening to opposing coaches. This time, the Saints' official website has not even acknowledged the player punishments from the league.
"The players would be wise to take the lead of the Saints' coaches and administrators before them," Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes. "Considering the evidence against them, they understood the frivolity of a legal battle and took their medicine."