How much Dennis Allen knew of the New Orleans Saints bounty program during his time with the organization is still unclear. His name never came up in any of the reports and he’s certainly not talking about any specifics of his tenure under the now infamous Gregg Williams. But that doesn’t mean he can’t share his opinion of the fallout from Roger Goodell’s harsh punishment handed out.
Last night Allen finally spoke publicly about the scandal during an interview with Sirius radio. While he obviously feels terribly for his former colleagues in the Big Easy, Allen by no means gave his cohorts a pass. In fact Allen went as far as to give Goodell some props for his decision.
“In general, I feel badly for everybody that’s been involved with the whole situation. It’s kind of an unfortunate situation, but the commissioner has made it clear that those type of practices are not acceptable and I support his decisions and what he decided to do from a punishment standpoint.”
Allen also went on to say that he exchanged text messages with the now suspended Sean Payton. No doubt he offered his sentiments for Payton’s one-year exile from the game. Now mind you Allen didn’t go all Drew Brees and cry outrage at what has occurred in the wake of the entire incident. As a coach he’s got to see the big picture in the NFL’s changing climate.
Regardless of his connections to New Orleans, Allen is now his own man. He can be thankful to Payton for the opportunity provided but Allen’s own merit is what’s taken him from defensive assistant to NFL head coach in only a few years.
With all due respect to what’s going on with the Saints, Allen has his own team to be concerned with. No matter his feelings on the matter he’s now in a position to potentially accomplish what Payton has – winning a Super Bowl. In light of what we now know of that championship team in New Orleans you can expect Allen to go about building a winner in a much different fashion.
I think you have to always be forthright with your team and be kind of one step ahead of everything. I think you can play this game in a physical manner without the intent to injure and I think that’s really at the end of the day what the NFL is trying to accomplish.