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Sean Payton makes big admission about watching Saints-Bucs

Sean Payton on the sideline

Aug 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on during the second half against Jacksonville Jaguars at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton may have dropped a hint about his future Monday when discussing Week 2’s NFL action.

In his weekly appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Monday, Payton admitted that he had watched his former team take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. The 58-year-old conceded that he missed being involved while doing so.

“Yesterday was the first day after I’ve retired that I had FOMO,” Payton said. “I honestly was missing out. It bothered me that I wasn’t a part of that. I saw Bruce (Arians) on the sidelines, bless his heart. I’m thinking, ‘BA’s close to the action.'”

Yes, Payton was making these comments in the context of a big, heated rivalry game. Still, this is not the sort of talk you would expect to hear from someone who is permanently retired from coaching.

To be fair, few think Payton’s so-called retirement is a permanent one. Rumor has it that the former Saints coach has already given some thought about what he wants in his next job. Expect him to focus on his analyst work for the 2022 season, but if this was his reaction to a Week 2 game, Payton will probably be itching to find a head coaching gig by the time the playoffs arrive.

Police investigating allegation Kyle Murray was slapped by fan

Kyler Murray in a black uniform

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas police are investigating an allegation that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was slapped by a fan following his team’s 29-23 overtime victory on Sunday.

Las Vegas police spokesperson Larry Hadfield confirmed to the Associated Press that a battery complaint was filed at the stadium following the game alleging that “a spectator at the stadium struck a professional football player.” No suspect had been identified, and an investigation is ongoing.

Video appeared to show the moment Murray was allegedly struck. The quarterback was celebrating his walk-off win with a section of the crowd primarily made up of Cardinals fans. Roughly 28 seconds into the video, one fan’s arm appears to reach out and open-hand slap at Murray’s head.

The incident can be seen more clearly in a slowed-down version of the video.

Murray visibly reacts to whatever happened and appears to search for and confront the responsible fan as the celebrations continue around him.

Murray had a huge day on Sunday, rallying the Cardinals from a 20-0 deficit to win in overtime. He threw for 277 yards and scored two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing.

Mike Tomlin sounds less than enthusiastic about his OC

Mike Tomlin with a headset on

Aug 30, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked stagnant on offense Sunday against the New England Patriots, and coach Mike Tomlin is sending signals that he is not happy.

Tomlin did not exactly offer praise for offensive coordinator Matt Canada on Monday when asked about playcalling. When asked if he was on board with Canada’s concepts, Tomlin simply said he was exercising patience.

That is not exactly a yes. It also suggests that Canada is not necessarily on the chopping block, but it’s difficult to read a remark like that and think Canada’s seat is not at least a little bit warm.

The Steelers have been very conservative on offense in the first two weeks of the season with Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback. In Sunday’s 17-14 loss, they managed just 243 total yards, following up from 267 yards in their season opener against Cincinnati. The longer that keeps up, the more fans — and perhaps even some experts — will begin clamoring for rookie Kenny Pickett to take over as the starting quarterback.

Todd Bowles explains why Bruce Arians was on Buccaneers’ sideline

Bruce Arians at the podium

Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians speaks during the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quite conspicuously had some extra help on the sideline during Sunday’s game in the form of former coach Bruce Arians.

Arians, who is officially a consultant for the Buccaneers after retiring as head coach during the offseason, was spotted agitating on the sideline during Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints. Both Arians and general manager Jason Licht could be seen at certain points during the game, though neither of them would be expected on the sideline as part of their current roles.

On Monday, coach Todd Bowles offered an explanation for their presence. Bowles claimed that the Saints had failed to provide an upstairs booth for team personnel, which left them only the sideline.

Whether this is true or not, it’s tough to believe the Buccaneers would just want Arians and Licht roaming the sidelines for fun. It is not as if either of them were there during Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.

The NFL will not be pleased with this, especially since things got quite testy between the two teams. The Buccaneers’ response seems to be that they should take it up with the Saints instead.

Tom Brady has funny response after throwing another tablet

Tom Brady throwing a tablet

Tom Brady is once again getting attention for angrily tossing a Microsoft Surface, and he is not afraid to make light of it.

Brady was immensely frustrated during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, and cameras caught him tossing one of the sideline tablets as a result.

Brady sent a postgame video on social media and was already well aware that the video was out there. He joked that he had probably spawned another Twitter meme as a result.

“Sorry for breaking that tablet. I think that’s going to be another Twitter meme or something like that,” Brady said.

He’s probably right. Brady did it last year in a game against the Saints, and the whole situation garnered a lot of attention. On the other hand, maybe this is just old news by now.

The Saints had Brady frustrated for much of the game Sunday, though the Buccaneers ultimately pulled out a victory. If the tablet toss was the worst thing that happened to the quarterback, it still counts as a successful afternoon.

Kyle Shanahan frustrated by questions about Trey Lance injury

Kyle Shanahan with a headset

Sep 23, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches play on the sidelines during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was clearly unhappy with questions over the play that quarterback Trey Lance was injured on during Sunday’s game.

Lance suffered a season-ending ankle injury during Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks on what appeared to be a designed run up the middle. After the game, Shanahan was asked about the play call and whether it factored into the injury, and he bristled at the suggestion.

“You guys watch the other teams in this league? Buffalo does it all the time with their quarterback. It’s a pretty normal play,” Shanahan responded. “It’s part of football and it’s unfortunate that he hurt his ankle on it, but it’s a very normal-ran play. You guys should watch some other people.”

Shanahan’s frustration is understandable, because he is correct. The play was fairly pedestrian, and it just happened to lead to an unfortunate injury. The 49ers were always going to use Lance’s running ability to their advantage, and there is an inherent injury risk in doing so.

Lance’s 2022 season appears to be over, meaning Jimmy Garoppolo will be starting for the remainder of the year. That means that the designed runs will probably go by the wayside, for better or for worse.

Broncos fans have incredible response to delay of game issues

Nathaniel Hackett in sunglasses

Aug 20, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett enters the field before a pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have been horribly disorganized on offense for the first two starts of the season, and their fans are quite fed up with the situation.

Denver’s offense has had problems with personnel and clock management through two games, and the situation actually got worse in Week 2 against the Houston Texans. The boos started after a poor goal line sequence just before halftime, but things arguably got worse in the fourth quarter. In the third, the Broncos managed to turn a 3rd-and-short from the Houston 35 into a punting situation.

Denver had issues getting personnel on the field all day and took multiple delay of game penalties as a result. The Broncos actually ran out of timeouts with over 7:30 left in the fourth quarter, as they had to use them to prevent even more flags.

Things were so bad that the crowd began audibly counting down the play clock to try to help the offense.

The counting was so loud that it was audible on the television broadcast of the game.

This is downright embarrassing for coach Nathaniel Hackett and the offense. The first-year head coach already backed off a controversial call he made in Week 1, which was also a sloppily-played contest. Now, two games into his tenure, fans are already questioning his ability to manage the basics of an offense. He will have some explaining to do for the repeated issues.

Buccaneers star had brutal comment about Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston with the Saints

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White had a pretty brutal take on his former teammate Jameis Winston following Sunday’s win.

The Buccaneers beat the Saints 20-10 Sunday thanks in large part to second half struggles on the part of Winston. The New Orleans Saints quarterback threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, including a pick-six to Tampa Bay safety Mike Edwards that effectively killed off the game.

White was a rookie linebacker for the Buccaneers in 2019, which was Winston’s final season with the team. The linebacker clearly has not forgotten about playing with Winston, and delivered a brutal postgame assessment of the quarterback.

“When Jameis left our team, everybody knows what he did that last year. We feel like we had a great defense then, and he threw 30 picks, and we just knew he would give us the ball,” White said.

Ouch. White even got the number correct — Winston did throw 30 interceptions during the 2019 season. That offseason, the Buccaneers replaced him with Tom Brady, and went on to win the Super Bowl. White is pretty much saying that the Buccaneers were almost expecting Winston to throw some interceptions, and the plan was to take advantage of that.

This is a pretty strong indictment of a former teammate, but it’s tough to argue with anything White said. Even so, this probably will not do anything to de-escalate what has become a rather heated rivalry in recent years.

Herm Edwards fired by Arizona State

Herm Edwards wearing a headset

Sep 1, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards looks on against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona State Sun Devils are finally pulling the plug on the Herm Edwards experiment.

Arizona State players were informed on Sunday that Edwards has been relieved of his head coaching duties.

Edwards has been on the hot seat for some time. When he was hired in 2017, the expectation was that he would have the program challenging for Pac-12 titles. The Sun Devils have not come particularly close to achieving that during his tenure, as shown by his 26-20 overall record. Saturday’s shocking loss to Eastern Michigan was the last straw, though even some associated with the program were ready to move on in 2021.

Arizona State is also facing an NCAA investigation over alleged recruiting violations during the 2020 season. That certainly did not help Edwards’ cause, and was one reason why Edwards was thought to be on the hot seat last year.

Saquon Barkley becomes first player to break infamous curse

Saquon Barkley during a radio interview

Mar 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley speaks during a radio interview during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are 2-0, and Saquon Barkley has overcome a rather prominent curse in the process.

Barkley was a guest on last Monday’s edition of the ManningCast on ESPN, which has become seen as a risky proposition since the program began in 2021. Seven active NFL players appeared as guests last season, and all seven of them lost their next game, giving rise to the “ManningCast Curse.”

As of Sunday, though, the streak is finally broken. Giants running back Saquon Barkley was the ManningCast’s first guest last Monday for the game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Barkley’s Giants went on to beat the Carolina Panthers 19-16 in Week 2, making him the first player to win one week after joining the broadcast.

Barkley’s personal performance was good, too. Despite a slow start, he wound up gaining 72 yards on 21 carries, and also caught three passes for 16 yards.

The curse did not seem to dissuade players from joining the broadcast, as the show has consistently reeled in big names. Now it shouldn’t be a worry with Barkley showing that the curse can be broken.