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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Articles tagged: Sean Payton

Sean Payton signs five-year extension with Saints

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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

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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.

Sean Payton wastes no time recruiting Zion Williamson to Saints

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Like LeBron James, Zion Williamson is the type of freak athlete who could probably excel at just about any sport he tried to play. He certainly has the body type to match up with opponents on the football field, and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has taken note of that.

When the Pelicans landed the top spot in the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night, it seemed like only a matter of time before someone began recruiting Williamson to play two sports in New Orleans. Payton got in on the fun on Wednesday.

Williamson is listed at 6-foot-7, 285 pounds. For comparison, Rob Gronkowski is 6-foot-6 and weighed about 265 pounds when he was playing for the New England Patriots. There is obviously a lot more to excelling at a professional sport than physical makeup, but you get the point.

If you remember, one former Saints player said years ago that he believes LeBron would break records in the New Orleans offense. Payton was in charge of that offense then and still is now. What do you say, Zion?

Sean Payton laughs off Cowboys rumors

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Sean Payton spent three years as a Dallas Cowboys assistant before ultimately becoming the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, and his name always seems to come up when discussing future Cowboys head coaches.

For Payton, these rumors are enough to make him laugh, and he said Wednesday he feels he’s sufficiently demonstrated his commitment to New Orleans.

There was widespread speculation three years ago that Payton might be on the verge of leaving New Orleans, but he stuck around and has since signed a five-year contract extension. Plus, Jason Garrett is still very much employed by the Cowboys, though with only a year left on his deal.

Sean Payton has hilarious spoof of Phil Mickelson’s famous Masters video

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is taking part in the Zurich Classic pro-am at TPC Louisiana this week, and he seems just as excited about it as Phil Mickelson was before Round 3 of the Masters a couple weeks ago.

On his way to the course on Wednesday, Payton recorded himself discussing his plan for the day in a similar fashion to when Mickelson said he was going to be “hitting bombs” at Augusta National. The big difference for Payton is that he stressed the importance of not “hitting patrons,” rather than worrying about how far his drives travel.

You can compare that with Mickelson’s video from the Masters, which was a massive hit among golf fans.

Payton impersonating Mickelson with the video is one thing, but we can only hope he doesn’t try to pull off some of the tricks we have seen Phil execute on the golf course in the past. That would not end well for anyone.

Sean Payton has interesting criticism of recent NFL head coaching hires

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We have seen an obvious recent trend in the NFL of teams hiring young, offensive-minded coaches to lead their staffs, and one of the best offensive minds in football thinks that may be a mistake.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton told Steve Wyche of NFL Network on Thursday that he believes a lot of teams have made mistakes with their recent head coaching hires. While he did not single anyone out, Payton said teams are placing too much emphasis on creative guys who call plays and not enough on leadership and other qualities.

Payton said he has spoken with other teams about members of his staff as potential head coaches, and he is often told that they’re looking for the guys who call the offensive plays. Because of that fairly new emphasis, he feels a lot of qualified candidates are being overlooked.

It’s probably not all that difficult to figure out which new hires Payton is referring to. Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury comes from an offensive background, and he was fired for compiling a sub-.500 record at Texas Tech. The Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers also hired inexperienced coaches in Zac Taylor and Matt LeFleur. Both have ties to Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay, which isn’t a coincidence.

Payton’s point seems to be that McVay could be an exception, though time will tell. The Cardinals in particular will be one of the most closely watched teams in the NFL if they make the splash everyone expects them to make in the draft, and they thought so highly of Kingsbury that they fired they previous coach after just one season on the job. It will be interesting to see how that turns out.

Sean Payton: Saints originally had run planned on key late play

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The New Orleans Saints faced some criticism for their play calling late in regulation during the NFC Championship, but it turns out they were at least trying to run some clock during a key sequence of plays.

The Saints surprised some by running a pass play with 1:55 left while in field goal range, with the Los Angeles Rams down to two timeouts. Had New Orleans run the ball on first down, they would have likely forced the Rams to use one of those timeouts, and could have exhausted their supply on second down ahead of a third and fourth down that could have taken the clock down under a minute while keeping New Orleans in field goal range.

Instead, the Saints threw an incompletion. According to coach Sean Payton, though, the original call was a run that was automatically shifted to a pass when the Los Angeles defense came out primed to stuff the run.

“It was a run to begin with, and we got a zero blitz out of it,” Payton said, via Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com. “It was kind of a built-in play to handle some of the — it was a zero blitz.”

It didn’t work, and it gave some license to blame Payton for the game going so wrong in the late stages despite the impact of the officiating. It’s one of the things that New Orleans could have done differently within their control to create a different outcome.