Welcome back, Coach.

The return of Sean Payton as head coach is a bit of good news for New Orleans Saints fans. We look forward to his resuming his duties.

“I clearly recognize that mistakes were made, which led to league violation,” Payton said in a prepared statement, alluding to the scandal of bounties for knocking opposing players out of games. “Furthermore, I have assured the commissioner a more diligent protocol will be followed.”

Amen to that. For all the deserved criticism of how the NFL handled this episode, the reality is that professional sports is a business, and scandals like the bounty issue cannot be tolerated.

We look forward to more successful seasons under Payton’s leadership.