Sean Payton stands behind Garrett Hartley

We know what Vikings and Colts fans must have been thinking Thursday night: Now Garrett Hartley decides to shank kicks?

The Saints’ 14-9 victory over Minnesota would have been a lot more comfortable if Hartley hadn’t missed field goals of 46 and 32 yards.  We wondered in our post-game thoughts how long a leash Hartley would have after his Super Bowl heroics.

SI’s Peter King wrote on Twitter: Amazing how quickly Hartley goes from playoff hero to kicker who could soon be on the bubble. I don’t sense Payton trusts him.

On Friday, Payton supported his guy.

“A year ago I would have had 3 kickers in today . . . he kicked well in the postseason . . . he’s our kicker,” Payton told Ross Tucker Friday on SIRIUS NFL Radio.

Like we wrote last night, it would likely take quite a slump for Hartley to be in trouble.  But time waits for few slumping kickers, especially when there are better veterans than usual available in free agency.

56 responses to “Sean Payton stands behind Garrett Hartley

  1. “Sean Payton stands behind Garrett Hartley”
    _________
    Good, because if he was standing to the side of him, he might get hit by a shanked kick.

  2. Wait a g-d, m-fing minute here.
    “Like we wrote last night, it would likely take quite a slump for Hartley to be in trouble. But time waits for few slumping kickers, especially when there are better veterans than usual available in free agency.”
    Wahhhhhhhhh?
    You said nothing of the sort, here’s what you wrote about the kicker’s status:
    ‘How long of a leash does a Super Bowl hero have? Saints kicker Garrett Hartley has earned some patience, but he probably has less than you think after missing two field goals on Thursday.
    This isn’t a seven-year veteran. It’s a “fat, punk kicker” that has faced questions before about his attitude. Kris Brown and Shayne Graham are out there. It’s something to keep an eye on if the misses continue. ‘
    Why pretend you nailed this when you did not? I love how you guys try to stand up to all the perceived media injustices in the world yet you yourselves are as big a hypocrite as any Mike Wise out there.
    Who cares if you missed on Hartley’s status. It’s the going back and trying to rewrite history part that exposes you as the frauds you are.

  3. “A year ago I would have had 3 kickers in today . . . he kicked well in the postseason . . . he’s our kicker.”
    Read between the lines: Until we lose a game because he missed a 30 yard field.

  4. so glad i grabbed Vinitari in the 15th round. this guy cost me 10 points last night. I’m just glad he made the extra points.

  5. I love how the media completely ignores the fact that Payton stole a sh!tload of Vicodin from the team locker room. They act like he can do no wrong…
    Way to drop the ball on that story Florio
    Favorite cut scene from last nights game, when the showed Sean Payton curled up next to the SB trophy on the plane. I wonder if he was in a Vicodin/Alcohol induced coma at that point.

  6. there are no better veterans out there…if they were available they would be on a team by now
    Hartley will be fine, like Chris Collinsworth said he just needs more pressure

  7. Sure, he stands ‘behind’ him, because if he stood on either side of him, he’d be at risk to be hit by one of his shanked kicks.

  8. peter king should shut his stupid big mouth
    when have we started to listen to this crap he throws around let him go pick a super bowl winner when he picked the fins they went 1 and 15 give me a break he says the steeler locker room is so behind ben because he was at camp
    In his dreams just kissing ben and the rooneys ass

  9. Nick Folk is a great example of falling off quickly. In the first 8 games last year, Folk went 12-for-15. He missed from 40, 40, and 48 yards, all in the first half of games, and Dallas won all three games anyway. The next 6 games Folk went 15-for-24 and was cut.

  10. CD_Ridge
    This bum has already cost me 7 points in my FFL.

    you know how many people lost money because he couldn’t even make one of those 2 kicks? last one an easy one – neither even close. sounds like tynes in ny or feely when there or cincis kicker in the playoffs or chargers usual playoff choker – yes all of them at times fluke off a good one too.

  11. To all the people who are saying this guy cost you ___ dollars: HHAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA. STFU and stop whining, you’re the one who bet on the game.
    And those of you saying this guy cost me ___ points in my fantasy league: fantasy time is for little girls, grow some testicles and be a #@$%ing man and stop this stupid “fantasy” idiocy – no one cares about your fantasy team except for you.

  12. Payton is checking the waiver wire right now, he will stand behind him for as long as it takes to get the next guy into town.

  13. titlesong says:
    September 10, 2010 12:13 PM
    This isn’t a seven-year veteran. It’s a “fat, punk kicker” that has faced questions before about his attitude. Kris Brown and Shayne Graham are out there. It’s something to keep an eye on if the misses continue. ‘
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    Graham’s had his fair share of misses too – especialy in clutch situations. That’s why he is unemployed at the moment…

  14. Wow what great reasons are being posted for cutting this guy.
    I’m sure the coaching staff and team are really concerned that he didn’t deliver a lot of fantasy points, or that gamblers lost money because the missed kicks meant they didn’t cover the spread.
    They must be just horrified by those results.

  15. My former english teacher, and good friend Keith Dorney (google him. He’s in the college football HOF) played on the offensive line of the Detroit Lions in the 80s. He wrote a book about his time in the NFL (Black and Honolulu Blue) and one of the chapters is called “F*cking Kickers.” It was about a playoff game (or to get in the playoffs I forget) in which the Lions kicker missed the game clincher and then Joe Montana was able to make an easy comeback. He said a lot of those team mates were still pretty bitter about it. It’s a pretty good read if you are really into football. And since he played for the Lions, it’s not like anyone is reading a book praising a rival team.

  16. Resolution says:
    September 10, 2010 12:49 PM
    To all the people who are saying this guy cost you ___ dollars: HHAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA. STFU and stop whining, you’re the one who bet on the game.
    And those of you saying this guy cost me ___ points in my fantasy league: fantasy time is for little girls, grow some testicles and be a #@$%ing man and stop this stupid “fantasy” idiocy – no one cares about your fantasy team except for you.
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    wow, who pissed in your cheerios dude? anger management just called and said you should come back for another 2 wks.

  17. DM725 says:
    September 10, 2010 12:56 PM
    “Sean Payton stands behind Garrett Hartley” literally so he can punch him in the spinal cord.
    Genius, lol!

  18. he better make one next week, or the problem will start to travel from his foot to his head. i don’t care what the coach is saying publicly.

  19. Sean Payton and Hartley are the leaders of a large gambling conspiricy. I could be putting my life at risk by telling you this but it has to be told. Peyton Manning also wants Tom Brady hair but is afraid he will look like a 70’s roller rink pervert. SsssHHHHH!!!!!!

  20. I wonder if he called his dad yesterday and said ” I got a feeling Im gonna choke and miss 2 basic field goals and almost cost my team a win”
    Can you believe some idiot Saints fan Im assuming drafted this bum in the SIXTH ROUND! in 1 of my leagues and then in another 1 someone drafted him in the 9th round. Its insane. Im gonna mop up this year.

  21. Resolution says:
    September 10, 2010 12:49 PM
    To all the people who are saying this guy cost you ___ dollars: HHAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA. STFU and stop whining, you’re the one who bet on the game.
    And those of you saying this guy cost me ___ points in my fantasy league: fantasy time is for little girls, grow some testicles and be a #@$%ing man and stop this stupid “fantasy” idiocy – no one cares about your fantasy team except for you.
    Really thats funny then why do you hear all the time about NFL players talking about fantasy football and the analyst and the announcers and everyone else? NFL players love fantasy football just like they love madden football so if you got such a big problem with people who play fantasy football why are you on an NFL site?

  22. That dude sucks did you watch that game, kicking in a dome and those bad misses. Keeping that guy is going to come back and haunt the Saints later in the season

  23. I saw this game live at the Superdome. Hartley was spectacular in the warmups, nailing two 61 yarders. I really hope his performance in the game was an anomaly. Nevertheless – given the choice between Hartley choking in the home opener and choking in the playoffs, I will take the choking in the home opener.

  24. There’s a lot of kickers who are now unemployed, bagging groceries or in the UFL or CFL whose coach “had faith in him”.

  25. King Ugly says:
    What does Tony Dungy think about this?
    DM725 says:
    “Sean Payton stands behind Garrett Hartley” literally so he can punch him in the spinal cord.
    mattcasselback says:
    Peyton Manning also wants Tom Brady hair but is afraid he will look like a 70’s roller rink pervert. SsssHHHHH!!!!!!
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    All genius. All hilarious. I like the increased quality now that the season has started. I can’t wait to get shloshed on 1554 drafts at the Bears bar in Denver on Sunday!

  26. superb owl says:
    September 10, 2010 1:59 PM
    i wouldnt stand anywhere in front of him either
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    Hell, you could stand directly in front of him….he won’t hit you!

  27. He better keep him……he’s a key cog on MY FANTASY TEAM!!!!!!
    And, Peter King is rapidly losing any and all credibility he has…….

  28. Looks like the ‘grossly overlooked defending Superbowl Champions’ are playing with a chip on their shoulder. Maybe they aren’t the one hit wonder so many posters have been chirping about.
    Smack talkers beware.

  29. You losers whining about Hartley costing you this and that, get a life. Or better yet get your lardass on the field and kick for him. True Dat!

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