Various Saints players and fans have criticized the penalties as too severe, including quarterback Drew Brees, who said he needed an explanation. Obviously, the players will stand behind their coaches and their organization, but anybody not associated with the team shouldn’t be surprised by the severity of the decision.
When the allegations first came to light, a lot of people compared it to the New England Patriots “spygate” scandal. In my opinion, the act of trying to injure players, which could end seasons or careers, is much worse than the taping of signals. The Patriots deserved the penalties they received, but so do the Saints. The offending players risked their targets careers and livelihoods, which is absolutely inexcusable.