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Sean Payton’s reaction to Saints winning pass interference challenge is fantastic

Sean Payton

Sean Payton’s history with pass interference is well-documented. His complaints over the awful non-called interference in the NFC Championship helped bring about reviewable interference calls, and then the NFL upheld the vast majority of those reviews.

So when the New Orleans Saints finally won a pass interference challenge on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, everyone wanted Payton’s reaction. And Payton did not disappoint after the game.

The Saints have actually been on the wrong end of a review overturn this year, much to Payton’s fury. The replay system definitely hasn’t worked as Payton likely envisioned it would, but he got one here. Maybe it’s a good omen for the playoffs.

Sean Payton confirms Saints’ interest in Antonio Brown, says it depends on playoffs

Antonio Brown

The New Orleans Saints hosted Antonio Brown for a workout on Friday, but it sounds like their decision to sign him or not rests in the hands of the NFL.

Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed to reporters that Brown was among a group of receivers the team worked out, but he said the visits were more about “due diligence” and none will be added to the roster at this time. With regard to Brown, Payton said the Saints would need clarification on whether or not he would be cleared by the NFL to play in the postseason.

The NFL is still investigating multiple sexual misconduct allegations against Brown, and a suspension seems inevitable. One line of thought is that the league is deliberately dragging out the investigation to discourage teams from signing Brown prior to next season, and Brown could also be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list even if a team does agree to a deal with him.

There are several teams that are reportedly interested in Brown, but all indications have been that he is going to be suspended at some point. He had a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by a former friend and personal trainer earlier this year, and a second woman whom he hired to do some artwork at his house has since accused him of sexual misconduct.

The thought of Brown and Michael Thomas catching passes together in the playoffs is one that should terrify NFC teams, but it remains highly unlikely that it will become a reality.

Stephen Jones denies talk that Cowboys reached out to Sean Payton

Sean Payton

The rumors about the Dallas Cowboys chasing after Sean Payton just won’t go away and have now garnered an on-the-record denial from the franchise.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones denied reports that the organization reached out through backchannels to speak to the New Orleans Saints coach last offseason. Jones also gave another vote of confidence to Jason Garrett.

Jones is correct: the Cowboys have stood firmly by Garrett during his entire tenure, even when his time as coach got off to a mediocre start. That hasn’t stopped the Payton rumors, which have lingered for a long time.

While Garrett may be on his last legs as coach of the Cowboys, Payton just signed a five-year extension with the Saints back in September. It’s unlikely that he walks away from that pact so quickly.

Sean Payton reportedly ‘not an option’ for Cowboys head coaching job

Sean Payton

Sean Payton may be at the top of any list of potential head coaching candidates Jerry Jones puts together this offseason, but the Dallas Cowboys are not going to have a chance to hire him away from the New Orleans Saints.

While a team can technically trade for a coach that is under contract with another franchise, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Payton will not be an option for the Cowboys in 2020. Part of the reason for that may be that their interest in him last year helped him negotiate an extension with the Saints.

A previous report claimed that the Cowboys will do anything possible to pry Payton away from New Orleans, but there’s no reason to think the Saints will let him go. Payton is arguably the second best coach in the NFL behind Bill Belichick, and it’s hard to put a price on an asset like that.

There are plenty of high-profile candidates for the Cowboys to consider this offseason other than Payton. Ron Rivera is expected to be pursued by a number of teams, and there has also been talk about Urban Meyer or Lincoln Riley making the leap to the NFL if Dallas is interested. Although, some comments Jones made this week indicate he may prefer not to hire an inexperienced coach.

Jerry Jones to try ‘anything possible’ to bring Sean Payton to Cowboys?

Sean Payton

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will almost certainly look to make a flashy hire if he decides not to bring back head coach Jason Garrett next season, and it sounds like his top choice for the job is under contract with another NFC team.

Jon Machota of The Athletic listed several candidates that Jones could target when the season ends, and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is among them. While Payton signed a five-year contract extension at the start of the season, Machota expects Jones to “try anything possible” to get the 55-year-old coach to Dallas.

Payton worked on the Cowboys’ staff as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach from from 2003 to 2005. He maintains a close relationship with the Jones family, and there were reports that Jones was talking with him years ago before he signed a previous extension with the Saints. The rumors have persisted since then, and it would not be a surprise if Jones explores a way to land Payton now that he has essentially confirmed he is ready to move on from Garrett.

It would take an awful lot, however. There’s no reason the Saints would want to part with Payton, and the Cowboys would have to surrender multiple high draft picks even if New Orleans had interest in a deal. With the Saints in the middle of another Super Bowl chase and Payton having signed a new contract just months ago, the thought of the coach in Dallas seems farfetched.

Nothing can be ruled out with one of the most prestigious head coaching jobs in sports, but there’s another huge name the Cowboys are eyeing that seems like a more realistic possibility for them.

Sean Payton did NOT want to talk about officiating after Saints’ loss

Sean Payton

The New Orleans Saints suffered a very difficult loss in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, and the impact of the loss showed in Sean Payton’s postgame press conference.

One major controversy in the game came on a fake punt play, in which Saints receiver Tre’Quan Smith was clearly held by Tarvarius Moore of the 49ers. However, pass interference cannot be called on a punt play, which meant no penalty was called — and no challenge was allowed.

That left Payton furious. When asked about it after the game, he immediately shut down all questions about officiating.

That call didn’t cost the Saints the game — they gave up 46 points and failed to get off the field late in the fourth quarter on a key 4th and 2 play.

Given the team’s history with pass interference calls, it’s easy to see why he just wouldn’t entertain the conversation after a difficult defeat.

Sean Payton takes shot at referees over pass interference review

Sean Payton

Sean Payton took a shot at the NFL officials over a pass interference review at the end of Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers that went against his New Orleans Saints.

The Saints and Panthers were tied at 31 late in their game and Carolina had a 3rd-and-goal from the five. They threw an incompletion but challenged in hopes of getting the call overturned due to pass interference. Their hopes were answered as the NFL called pass interference on a replay review, giving the Panthers a fresh set of downs.

Perhaps “ball don’t lie” prevailed, because Panthers kicker Joey Slye missed a chip shot field goal to end the possession and give New Orleans the ball. The Saints drove and kicked a field goal to win it 34-31.

After the game, Payton zinged the officials.

“New York” is a reference to the NFL’s replay center in New York, where challenges are reviewed.

The irony in the league deciding to overturn a pass interference call against the Saints, in New Orleans, and for a call like that, was so strong, especially since the rule came into effect because of an egregious call that went against them.

Saints coach Sean Payton gets engaged to girlfriend Skylene Montgomery

Sean Payton

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton pulled off quite the ruse in order to propose to girlfriend Skylene Montgomery on Friday.

According to Nell Nolan of, Payton proposed with the aid of Saints owner Gayle Benson. The coach had originally invited Montgomery to what was billed as an anniversary toast for Benson and her late husband Tom, complete with a fake invitation on Benson’s part. Friends and family were invited believing it was an early birthday party for Montgomery.

The surprise engagement party even featured a custom cake for the couple.

Montgomery is a former Miss West Virginia. She and Payton will be sticking around New Orleans for a while after Payton signed a five-year contract extension with the Saints in September.

Sean Payton signs five-year extension with Saints

Sean Payton

Sean Payton is further extending his New Orleans Saints tenure.

Payton has agreed to a new five-year deal with the Saints, as first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. He had been slated to enter the final year of his current deal in 2020.

Payton is in his 14th season with the Saints, including the one he was suspended for. The 55-year-old has a 119-74 record and a Super Bowl to his name.

It seems like a long time ago when the Saints were plagued by persistent rumors of Payton’s potential departure. About three years ago, there was widespread speculation that both sides were looking elsewhere. Things have changed since — Payton recommitted with a new contract and the organization has become a high-level contender again. Now it seems like he’d be quite happy to be in New Orleans for the rest of his career.

Sean Payton regrets playing sick Teddy Bridgewater in preseason game

Sean Payton

Teddy Bridgewater started the New Orleans Saints’ second preseason game Sunday and turned in a very discouraging performance that his coach is taking the blame for.

Bridgewater went just 5-of-12 for 40 yards and an interception in a 19-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, with backup Taysom Hill rallying New Orleans to a win. Coach Sean Payton, however, took the blame, stating Bridgewater was sick and probably shouldn’t have stayed in as long as he did.

Bridgewater won’t see much of the field in 2018 unless something disastrous happens to Drew Brees. However, for a guy who was pursued as a potential starter during the offseason, seeing him off that much was jarring. At least there’s a decent explanation.