Schedule adds to Saints' woes

Tougher opponents could add up to fewer wins, bounty penalties aside

Originally Published: April 15, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

As if things weren't bad enough for the New Orleans Saints, add the schedule to their growing list of problems.

Head coach Sean Payton will start his season-long suspension Monday. Interim coach Joe Vitt is out the first six games, and general manager Mickey Loomis is out eight games. The Saints don't have choices in Rounds 1 and 2 of the draft, and they could lose defensive players to suspensions in the bounty scandal.

The schedule could add more woes, judging by the difference in ...

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