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papz 12-18-2013 05:33 PM

Sean Payton talks about releasing Garrett Hartley
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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
Media Availability
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Opening Statement

Two players were waived: defensive back Chris Carr and kicker Garrett Hartley. We signed safety Eric Frampton and kicker Shayne Graham. Frampton wont be in (town) in time for practice this afternoon; hell be getting in probably around 2:30 or 3:00. Hes someone that we feel like can help us in the kicking game. Were going to start Terron Armstead at left tackle and put a good week of work together. This is an important game for us. Our schedule will be fairly normal, fairly routine, with today being our big emphasis on first and second down. Having just played this team, there is that familiarity with the opponent and yet, I think the preparation this week and the attention to detail is going to be very important to our team. Obviously there is a lot at stake. Any questions?

How difficult was it to make the decision to part with Garrett Hartley?

It was real difficult. One thing we talked about and I think that it probably happens more with kickers than any other position hes an extremely talented player. Hes going to play in this league, I think, for quite a long time and have success. The way that these doors kind of open and close, we just agreed that right now, dont ever say never in regards to being back with the team. With that being said, with what hes done and been a part of, its difficult. Especially with the success he had in that run in 2009. He has great leg talent. I just felt like it was the one thing that is a little more challenging, that decision, because if were not receiving the right effort, then we can look closely at reps, we can look closely at what were doing in these drills. If were not receiving the right scheme, we can change that. If were not receiving the right results in regards to takeaways, we can make sure that that is emphasized. Its a little bit more nebulous when it comes to the confidence of a kicker. I think he had a great week of practice last week, and yet it didnt manifest itself in the game. That was a tough decision.

When exactly did you make that decision?

I think it was important to spend a lot of time (on the decision). As much time after the game looking at it Monday looking at it Tuesday, and kind of putting a little distance between the recent game. That would be very typical, I think, of any decision like that.

Were you encouraged when he seemed to get his confidence back after hitting that rough patch earlier in the season?

I think this: I think hes a tough guy who will respond. I think hes very resilient, and I think thats fairly common for the position. In other words, thats not new to kickers. I think he responded very well earlier in the year when he had a handful of misses. But then, I think it was more difficult to see (him miss) the shorter range field goal. You spent a lot of time giving it thought, and ultimately you go with your gut.

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SaintLeonard 12-18-2013 05:42 PM

Re: Sean Payton talks about releasing Garrett Hartley
Hartley will forever have his place in Saints lore, but it is time to move on.

Rugby Saint II 12-18-2013 08:09 PM

Re: Sean Payton talks about releasing Garrett Hartley
Thanks for a great year.

st thomas 12-18-2013 09:27 PM

Re: Sean Payton talks about releasing Garrett Hartley
we'll see u next spring again to see if u straighten ur ass out by then.we hav'nt seen the last of u old boy keep ur head up.

WHODATINCA 12-19-2013 03:10 AM

Re: Sean Payton talks about releasing Garrett Hartley
Agreed. Hartley will forever be thought of fondly by New Orleanians because he won the Conference Championship for us against the Vikings. Nothing wrong with his leg. And, kickers are like writers, they go through periods where they don't produce. It happens. I hope he takes a year off -- takes a vacation. Visits some other kickers and ex-kickers for advice and support and then finds another team to get into the history books again with.

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