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Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Sean Payton roasts Tom Brady over early struggles in ‘The Match’

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Sean Payton suddenly has the daunting task of having to prepare to face Tom Brady twice a year, and the New Orleans Saints head coach is hoping the Brady everyone saw on Sunday is the one who suits up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.

The millions who tuned into “The Match” got to see a side of Brady we are not accustomed to. By that, we mean he stunk early on. Brady was spraying the ball all over Medalist Golf Club at the start of the day, and Payton let him hear it with a ruthless tweet.

Brady may be the greatest quarterback who ever lived, but his golf game could use plenty of work. He missed the five four fairways and couldn’t hit the green on the par-3 3rd hole even after Charles Barkley said during the TNT broadcast that he would donate $50,000 if Brady put the ball on the dance floor.

Peyton Manning talked some serious trash to Brady on the driving range before “The Match,” so perhaps he got into Tom’s head. Although, the golf course is not the gridiron. Payton should be careful about getting too excited.

Sean Payton still sour about Bountygate, not expecting punishment for Mike Tomlin

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Former NFL linebacker James Harrison hinted this week that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin paid him a cash reward for an illegal hit on an opposing receiver years ago. The claim immediately reminded people of the Bountygate scandal that rocked the New Orleans Saints organization prior to the 2012 season, but Sean Payton does not expect the NFL to look into it as diligently.

Harrison was fined $75,000 for a headshot on former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in 2010, and he says Tomlin handed him an envelope after the game. During an interview with Jason La Canfora on 105.7 The Fan Thursday, Payton was asked if he thinks the NFL will look into it. He said he would be “shocked” and indicated that the league had an agenda when suspending him for the entire 2012 season.

Payton did not go into specifics, but he called Bountygate a “sham” and said he will never get over it because of “how it was handled and how it was run and the reasons behind it.” Obviously, he thinks there was some bias on the part of the NFL.

The Saints were punished so harshly in part because of the disturbing audio clips that appeared to feature former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging defensive players to severely injure opponents. If something like that were to surface involving Tomlin, the NFL would have no choice but to investigate. Harrison’s comment on a podcast probably won’t be enough.

Sean Payton is a big fan of the virtual NFL Draft

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The virtual NFL Draft has gone better than many expected, with virtually no technical difficulties. One coach thinks it’s gone so well that future drafts can take some cues from this one.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said that some “adjustments” could be made to future drafts, and felt that fans enjoyed being able to see draft picks in their houses with their families instead of attending the draft.

“This has gone so well, and I know there’s a way you’re used to doing things, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see maybe some adjustments made,” Payton said on ESPN during Sunday’s draft coverage. “I think the fan loves to see a little bit more of the interaction with each of these draft picks in their houses rather than in some setting where they’re all in their suits.”

Payton may have a point — there’s something fun about seeing draftees in their homes with their families celebrating a huge moment in their lives. There’s also been some charm in seeing executives at home, and it’s led to some funny moments.

Still, most are probably eager to get back to a more traditional draft setting. Perhaps in the future, the league can add some extra feeds to the homes of draftees for extra access in addition to those who formally attend the draft itself.

Sean Payton calls himself a ‘dummy’ for saying Drew Brees will retire after season

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Sean Payton inadvertently created a huge headline on Tuesday when he indicated that Drew Brees is planning to play just one more season in the NFL, but the New Orleans Saints coach insists he does not have any inside information about his quarterback’s career plans.

Payton was discussing Taysom Hill’s role with the Saints during an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up!” when when he said Brees is “coming back for his final season” in 2020. On Wednesday, the coach told reporters on a conference call that he spoke out of turn.

Payton noted that Brees contemplated retirement this offseason before deciding to return, so it would make sense if the coach assumed this will be the final year for Brees. Of course, it would also be conceivable that Brees told Payton 2020 will be the quarterback’s last season and Payton let the info slip.

If Brees does decide to retire after next season, we know he has a massive offer waiting for him to begin a new career. He has also spoken about wanting to spend more time with his family, so it would not be a surprise if he hangs up the cleats.

Sean Payton seemingly reveals 2020 will be final season for Drew Brees

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Drew Brees recently signed a new two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, but the quarterback may already have plans to make 2020 his final season in the NFL.

Brees contemplated retirement this offseason before deciding to return, so it goes without saying that he is taking a year-to-year approach. However, a comment Saints head coach Sean Payton made during an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Tuesday morning indicated Brees has already decided he will call it a career after next season.

Payton was discussing the role he envisions Taysom Hill playing in 2020 and beyond when the coach called the situation “unique” and said Brees has “announced he’s coming back for his final season.”

“I think Taysom sees himself as being a starting quarterback in this league, and we do, too,” Payton said.

The reason Payton’s remarks were noteworthy is that Brees has not said publicly that 2020 will be his final season. It sounds like he has expressed that privately to the Saints.

Hill has played a variety of roles for the Saints, and Payton seems to love him. While he’s capable of running, catching and blocking in addition to throwing, Hill has made his career goals very clear at this point. Based on what Payton said Tuesday, it sounds like the Saints are expecting Hill to take over as their starting quarterback in 2021.

Sean Payton shares playbook favorites on Twitter

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It’s not often that you get a glimpse inside an NFL playbook, but New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is letting us have a look at his — sort of.

Payton hopped on Twitter Sunday night and responded to a general request to share some favored plays by doing just that. He even gave fans a look at the terminology his team uses.

This is actually pretty awesome. Payton is considered one of the most innovative offensive minds in the NFL, too, so it’s fun to get a look at how he operates.

Payton recently tested positive for the coronavirus, but has said he is more or less recovered. He’s definitely feeling well enough to map up some plays, which is great to see.

Sean Payton tests positive for coronavirus

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The NFL officially has its first known of the coronavirus, and it is one of the most recognizable people in the sport who has tested positive.

Sean Payton told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. The New Orleans Saints coach said he chose to go public with his diagnosis because he wants to stress to people the importance of following social distancing guidelines.

Payton told Schefter he began to feel ill last Sunday and was tested for the coronavirus on Monday. He received his results on Thursday and will be quarantined in his house through the weekend. Payton said he has been in good spirits and did not experience a fever or cough.

“This is not just about social distancing,” Payton said. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.

“I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I’m lucky. Younger people feel like they can handle this, but they can be a carrier to someone who can’t handle it. So we all need to do our part. It’s important for every one of us to do our part.”

There have been several positive coronavirus tests for NBA players and at least two at the minor league baseball level, but Payton’s is the first known coronavirus case to hit the NFL. There may be others who have tested positive, but they have not come forward.

Payton’s revelation came not long after a photo of Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice went viral, and it appeared to show the former LSU star not practicing social distancing. There have been several other examples of people not following guidelines put in place by federal and local officials, and Payton’s positive coronavirus case is another reminder of how widespread the pandemic has become.