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papz 01-04-2016 09:33 AM

Scott Rabalais: What Saints coach Sean Payton didnít say Sunday spoke volumes ó and could mean change is on the way
 
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ATLANTA ó Sean Payton stood at a podium outside the Saints locker room Sunday, basking in the glow of an always-satisfying win over the archrival Atlanta Falcons ó a team Payton has owned in his 10 years in New Orleans.

He was determined to stay focused as long as possible on the dramatic 20-17 victory, certainly knowing full well he would eventually be asked to comment on his future with the Saints. A franchise he has put his stamp on more than any other coach ó or two ó these Saints have ever had.

ďWe have the players inĒ Monday, Payton said. ďWe have to evaluate the roster, and we have a lot of things to do. If I feel the need to get you an itinerary, I will. Thatís the answer. I canít be more clear.Ē

Actually, Payton was the opposite of clear. He was murky. He was testy. He was cloudy with a chance of bombshells, as in a huge, earth-shaking announcement that could come in the days ahead that he is leaving for another NFL franchise. With Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll entrenched in New England and Seattle, itís no stretch to say Payton is the most sought-after movable coach in the NFL this year.

That he didnít want to talk about it is understandable. But the subject wonít go away until the NFLís musical chairs are all filled by other coaches and heís still filling the same chair at his office in Metairie.

Payton could have made it go away. With just a few words in a dark and echoing corridor of the Georgia Dome, he could have said that he is staying in New Orleans. Those words would have sent a tsunami warning throughout pro football and ended all the speculation ó or at least reduced it to a low tide.

But people basically want to tell the truth. They donít want to utter something they will eventually have to double back on, words they will have to eat. Payton couldnít bring himself to say he is staying in New Orleans ó even if just to momentarily cool the speculation ó because he knows leaving for New York or San Diego/Los Angeles or Miami or some other NFL address is a distinct possibility.

Cynics will bay that this is all a dust storm swirled up by the media. But there is too much smoke in too many forests for there not to be a fire someplace.


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hagan714 01-04-2016 09:40 AM

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this is the house that sp and drew built so any idea of replacing either one sends fear through me. just make sure if they do it to a team mortgage the future and have a chance to win now. NYJ could use both.

homerj07 01-04-2016 09:41 AM

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F--k, f--kity, f--k, f--k. Not SF. Don't leave us Sean.

WhoDat!656 01-04-2016 09:44 AM

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|Mitch| 01-04-2016 09:46 AM

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All I know is one thing is for certain, Drew has to either restructure or he will be cut. No way can the team afford a 30 million hit against the cap this year...

I imagine that will have some impact on whether Payton wants to stay or not...

lee909 01-04-2016 09:47 AM

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My God the press cant wait to drive him elsewhere. They wont be happy till they get him in a big city

brees84 01-04-2016 09:49 AM

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Maybe we really want Sean gone. You know, Jay Glazer first reported 2nd round compensation. That guy doesn't make splash reports. If the ultimatum was "get rid of your buddies" then I understand front office decision. On the other hand getting rid of Drew Brees is just stupid.

rezburna 01-04-2016 09:54 AM

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I wouldn't settle for less then a 1st. We're not as far off as people think.

lee909 01-04-2016 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by rezburna (Post 688153)
I wouldn't settle for less then a 1st. We're not as far off as people think.

We will be when they replace him with Doug Marrone

K Major 01-04-2016 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by rezburna (Post 688153)
I wouldn't settle for less then a 1st. We're not as far off as people think.

I heard on XM this morning that there are rumors a team is offering a 2nd for Sean P :rolleyes:.


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