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The botched double reverse against Tampa Bay in 2007.

Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton is aggressive to a fault, but that suits General Manager Mickey Loomis just fine. 'From the first day he walked into the building, he has always been, "Hey, let's go win the game." Sometimes you get in the mode of, "We're trying not to lose it." He's never in that mode.'
The successful fourth-and-1, in overtime, against Minnesota in the NFC championship game in January.

The shock-the-world, change-the-game, successful onside kick against Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV.
Need a snapshot of Sean Payton? Begin with those three, each its own flash of confidence from the Saints coach, who in four seasons has been as daring, risky and gutsy -- and nutty, if the gamble doesn't work -- as any NFL coach.
Each dare was taken because Sean Payton has a singular goal in mind.
"I think Sean's definitely aggressive, " General Manager Mickey Loomis said. "And from the first day he walked into the building, he has always been, 'Hey, let's go win the game.' Sometimes you get in the mode of, 'We're trying not to lose it.' He's never in that mode.
"Consequently, you'll have an onside kick now and then, or you'll have a double reverse at a critical point in the game, or a halfback pass or something unusual. (But) I like that. I like when he goes for it on fourth down in situations.
"But the thing about Sean is, he always measures the risk and the reward. He wouldn't do it if he didn't feel like it could be successful. So it's not risky in the sense of, it's just a gamble with very little odds of success. When he takes chances, the odds of success are almost always in our favor."
Who can argue otherwise?
New Orleans won the Super Bowl mainly because Drew Brees played quarterback better than anyone in the league, Darren Sharper played free safety better than anyone in the league, and each of their teammates -- from Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Vilma to one-game hero cornerback Mike McKenzie -- made a contribution that turned out to be invaluable in the march to the title.
But just because Payton wasn't Coach of the Year doesn't mean he didn't do the best job in the league.
The man who found every right button in 2009 is ready to push again in 2010. And don't figure on him changing, and dialing back.

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Old 09-05-2010, 02:07 PM   #2
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Much respect for Coach P. The guy can get you pissed, make you smile and make you vomit from nervousness or anxiety all in the same game. I love watching the Saints play because they always have a chance to win with this coach at the helm. He makes the game fun with his play calling.
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SO far so good. I trust him to make the right descisions
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