Sean Payton on final play call: We had a chance to punch it in

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After the Saints lost to the Packers on Thursday night, I criticized Saints coach Sean Payton for calling a simple run up the middle from the 1-yard line on the final play of the game. Payton says the call was the right one, under the circumstances.

“We felt like at the one-yard line, this was a chance for us to punch it in, we felt good about the play and I think collectively our group felt pretty good about it,” Payton said.

According to Payton, the Packers didn’t stop the final play because it was a predictable call that the defense saw coming. The Packers just stopped it because they executed and the Saints didn’t.

“It’s a goal line play,” Payton said. “It’s a pretty standard play. It’s a slant, 32 blast. They were in their goal line defense and we didn’t execute like we had hoped. There were a lot of things that were done well there and yet we came up short. Green Bay made the play and we didn’t.”

And just because the Saints didn’t make the play, that doesn’t mean Payton regrets making the call.

76 responses to “Sean Payton on final play call: We had a chance to punch it in

  1. No crap. Real easy to sit in your chair and and question calls that don’t work out. If he tries a fancy play-action and it doesn’t work, you would write a story on how he took a chance instead of punching it in. Get real. It was the right call, and the Packers executed their play better than the Saints did theirs. Period. End of story. Move on.

  2. Why would he regret it? Any call that was made there was “smart” if it worked. Any call that didn’t work would be getting criticized. If he ran a bootleg and it failed the criticism would have been, “You’re on the one, why didnt you just punch it in?”

  3. The play shouldn’t have happened in the first place because it clearly wasn’t Pass Interference on AJ Hawk. He didn’t even touch Sproles until after he hit the ball. Actually, it may have been the best play I’ve ever seen out of the former 5th overall draft choice.

  4. Right or wrong that is the play they drafted Ingram for.
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    My thoughts exactly. Even though I knew the PI shouldn’t have been called, I wanted the saints to get on the 1 and hand it to Ingram. I wanted the Saints to see that the whole reason why they drafted this kid was to “punch it in”…and he failed.

  5. You mean Olin Kreutz, the great leader got blown up into the backfield. Glad he balked at the 4 mil the bears were offering and took half to play with the saints. Next week when they get the Bears, we can blow him up as well.

  6. The only problem I had with the call is that Ingram had been stuffed multiple times on short distance. I think Pierre Thomas would have made the defense honor a potential playaction, but they sold out on the run with Ingram in the game.

  7. mjs2012 says:
    Sep 10, 2011 1:26 PM
    The play shouldn’t have happened in the first place because it clearly wasn’t Pass Interference on AJ Hawk. He didn’t even touch Sproles until after he hit the ball. Actually, it may have been the best play I’ve ever seen out of the former 5th overall draft choice.

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    Well said. Best play he has made and it was not pass interference. If that was pass interference then I’m Ted Thompson. These rules changes are ridiculous. Taking the kickoff out of the game for all intents and purposes is like a two strike foul ball being strike three in baseball.

  8. Ingram got hit by half the Packers D. You can’t place the blame for that failure on him. If anything, it’s on the O-line (Olin Kreutz not looking like such a great pickup now, eh?).

    As far as the playcalling goes, statistically, rushing from the one is much more successful than passing from the one. You might suspect the Saints to be closer to neutral than most teams there, but it’s a pretty big margin.

  9. According to Payton, the Packers didn’t stop the final play because it was a predictable call that the defense saw coming. The Packers just stopped it because they executed and the Saints didn’t.

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    It’s a lot easier to execute on a one dimensional play than if Brees bootlegged and had several options. It was the wrong play because there was only one chance to score………so you do not limit the options.

  10. No problem with calling a run. However, going with a short-yardage FORMATION that dictated run and ONLY run was the mistake. Spread ’em out and make certain that there aren’t 11 Packers in the box.

  11. I swear, some of you are so GD stupid it hurts. This play’s failure had nothing to do with Ingram. The O-Line got completely blown up by Green Bay, not even Adrian Peterson was getting in that end zone. Hats off to Green Bay, we’ll see you in the post season.

  12. illogic87 says:

    Mark Ingram got stuffed like a 13 year old’s bra. Toby Gerhart shoulda won the Heisman. Just sayin
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    Yeah because Toby Gerhart has done wonders up there in Vikingland. They looked great in the playoffs last year. 🙄

    It was a foolish call from the one. The time to punch it in was on that fourth down earlier in the game when Brees looked like he was going to run all the way back for a safety. Everyone on the field saw that Ingram play coming at game’s end. It fooled no one, and the Packers played it perfectly. I’m an admirer of Payton as a strategist, but he blew it on both those calls. Brees had the hot hand at that moment and he should have gotten the opportunity to put the ball in the end zone.

  13. As Mike Holmgren pointed out on M&M, West Coast offenses script and practice a single play for goal-line to win situations, part of the team’s “ready list.”

    That play was called the week before the game.

  14. I’m a Pats fan but IMO Payton is one of the best playcallers I can ever remember and he’s great at using his personnel well. He’s also pretty ballsy. I can’t see a problem with his call. He may have figured that he called a pass the last time in short yardage so he would do what they may have expected the first time and they wouldn’t expect it the second time. IMO I think he’s right. It wasn’t executed well. Low man wins, Saints’ OL wasn’t “low man” on that play.

  15. No coach you never had a chance to punch it in. After the bad call that ended the game Hawk was so pissed off that he did the Soldier Boy Superman over the line and almost killed your rookie.

  16. According to Payton, the Packers didn’t stop the final play because it was a predictable call that the defense saw coming.
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    BJ Raji said in the local here that as soon as they lined up the Pack knew exactly what the Saints were going to run. They had prepared for it.

    Perhaps the reason GB out executed the Saints on the play had something to do with the fact that they knew EXACTLY what you were going to run. If they don’t know EXACTLY what you were going to run – they might not have executed as well….

    Can’t imagine how lining up and calling a play that ISN’T predictable and that the defense CAN’T see coming would be a bad thing either…..

  17. godhatesclevelandsports says: Sep 10, 2011 1:19 PM

    Payton translated — I made a great play call, the players just blew it.

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    Quoted for truth. Coaches love to throw the blame on players.

  18. So Super Bowl Winning, NFL Head Coach Sean Payton says it was the right call, while internet typewriter jockey Michael David Smith says it was a bad call. I wonder who is more right.

  19. it is what they drafted Ingram for. He would look dumb if he had called something else and it failed, still you gotta be who you are. Sean Payton is a creative play caller, this was not creative.
    Also, Suh should have won the Heisman. The only reason he didn;t is because too many voters thinks it is for ‘skilled’ players only.

  20. Bottom line….. Did it work???? I seem to remember he also left three points on the field with an ill advised fourth down situation trailing by 8!

  21. Stupid comments from an ego coach.

    ‘It was the right call.’

    Of course, setting aside how it didn’t work previously, uh, it didn’t work on this play either. Try nother one, obviously, cuz that was the RIGHT CALL from the Packer’s prospective!

  22. We have Saints and Packers fans in this thread. It’s soooo much better than trying to defend decisions to spend $8M on a QB with a PR of 70, mouthy lineman who make targets of themselves and GMs who couldn’t pick the right personnel for a car wash.

  23. Squabguy, it was a reasonable call even if it didn’t work the first time. It totally depends on execution since everyone knows what’s coming.

  24. The best thing about the win Thursday is that it gave us the head to head matchup if it comes down to a tie breaker. I’d rather play the Saints outdoors in January then inside their tent!

  25. That’s what you get when you move up and draft a fat ballerina to solve your short yardage issues. Tiptoeing throught the tulips instead of powering through. I call bust.

  26. How could anyone deny that was PI? That was close to as clear as it gets. There wasn’t even a question it was PI. Quit being homers.

    Packers deserved To win though, no question. Payton should have spread them out, but hindsight is 20/20.

    Oh well, time for an easy as pie win at home versus the Bears.

  27. Listen, I don’t agree with the call simply because of drew brees. You have one of the best qb’s in the nfl. Idc if its on the one, play action or shotgun is where that play should have gone.

    I’m saying this and even I have Mark Ingram on my team.

  28. “I’d rather play the Saints outdoors in January then inside their tent!” Um, Jan 15, 2011, Georgia Dome, Aaron Rodgers turns in a masterful performance as the Packers demolish the Falcons, 48-21.

  29. Color me stupid, but how could anyone expect to plow through 21 wide bodies. Freaking grade school play calling. At least show the defense some options by spreading them out. Such as a bootleg, play action, screen-play, etc. And then run it. But noooo. Got to try and run through a brick wall created by both the offense and defense! ASININE. And for you homer Packer fans. Your lucky the Saints coach had sh*t for brains on that call.

  30. Sean should check himself into the nearest funny farm.
    If you’re going to do a play like that against Dom Capers, your nuts.

  31. It was a great call. Sometimes the play just isn’t executed to perfection. Putting the ball in the air with the game on the line from the one yard line, even with Drew Brees at QB, is the much riskier call.

    If they had thrown an incomplete pass there everybody would be saying “HOW DO YOU NOT PUNCH IT IN THERE!” If you’re gonna question anything about that play, it should be why a rookie playing in his first ever ‘for real’ NFL game was trusted with the ball in that situation over the proven vet.

  32. “the Packers didn’t stop the final play because it was a predictable call that the defense saw coming. The Packers just stopped it because they executed and
    the Saints didn’t.”

    I have alot of respect for you Payton but if it was such a predictable call then why the hell did you call it?

  33. Payton is just upset that GOD didn’t tell him what play to call!! Guess GOD really is a Packers fan not a Saints fan… ironic?!?

  34. Reading the comments… how does anyone blame Ingram for this? Did you see the penetration the Packers D-line got on the interior? Ingram barely had the ball in his hands before the offensive line crumbled. Get real.

  35. The decision about what to do on the last play has to fact in what has happened up to that point.

    – Did NO have good runs between the tackles up to that point?

    – Was Ingram effective in short yardage up to that point?

    – Was Brees performing at a high level up to that point?

    I knew it was bad when NO went into a bunch formation. They should have spread the field and rolled out Brees. It might not have scored, but that play would have given them the best chance.

  36. It’s good to know the Super Bowl champs stuffing your o-line on one play in one game during your rookie season negates everything you did to win the Heisman in college and means the also-rans should have won. The guys posting that Ingram shouldn’t have won the Heisman are the same fools who didn’t think he should have won in the first place. Fortunately, they didn’t get a vote then and don’t get a vote now.

  37. Payton is off his meds…

    To all you Saints fans posting about “round 1,” the Saints aren’t going to the playoffs and GB isn’t going past the first round. You know what made the difference in this game (aside from two bad defenses)? A little Bush might have been helpful. Too soon?

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  38. And I regret guzzling that one last brewskie while the final minute of the game played out. I didn’t execute very well at work on Friday.

  39. “And just because the Saints didn’t make the play, that doesn’t mean Payton regrets making the call.”

    Sure he does.

  40. Hidden truth…. GOD told the whole Packers defense the Saints were going for a Goal Line run…. Payton will now motion a grievance to the NFL against GOD for cheating by giving away his unpredictable play!! Goodell will suspend GOD from any Packers’ games for the rest of the season!! Shame shame shame! I got your back GOD… We’ll be praying for you!

  41. It’s not like this one play was the difference between winning and losing for the Saints. They still had to be successful on a 2 pt. conversion (no gimme). And then beat the Pack in O.T. in Lambeau. Their backs were against the wall. Great game for football fans none the less.

  42. trickbunny says:

    “And just because the Saints didn’t make the play, that doesn’t mean Payton regrets making the call.”

    Sure he does.

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    The voice of reason.

    Omigosh … did I really say that? 😯

  43. whining must be a part of the NFC-North. The vikings fans are still whining about the NFCC Game and now packer fansare crying no pass interference. That was a text book example of a defender affecting a recivers opportunity to catch a pass. Damn the packers are pretty good, but I’ll take the Saints in any forthcoming re-match

  44. If the Saints were trying to “punch it in” it was about as effective as Charles Woodson’s earlier in the game….

  45. funny that the people saying it definitely was pass interference don’t have any substance behind their posts other than “HOMER” accusations. Hawk clearly made no contact with Sproles until after he touched the ball.

  46. Mjs2012 – really you are going to say homer ?! When Mr Overated should have been thrown out earlier in the game for throwing a punch ? Typical Packer bull____ !

  47. steelersteven says:
    Sep 10, 2011 3:01 PM
    Two words: Naked Bootleg! Works every time.
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    They tried that earlier in the game and Brees was running backwards for 20 yards. Then he threw a ball that was 10 yards short of the line to gain.

  48. bzeller says: Sep 10, 2011 9:50 PM
    Mjs2012 – really you are going to say homer ?! When Mr Overated should have been thrown out earlier in the game for throwing a punch ? Typical Packer bull____ !
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    Aren’t you talking about two different things? Maybe Woodson should have been tossed. He wasn’t. Big deal.

    But the call against Hawk demonstrates the limitations of humans trying to see fast-action circumstances.

    Watch the play in slo-mo……HAWK NEVER TOUCHED THE GUY! He flew over the top and batted the ball away….an excellent athletic play…one on which he should’ve received an ESPN top 10, not a penalty.

    The Saints should never have been in position to run another play. Game Over.

    You want accurate officiating? Let’s start there.

  49. bzeller says: Sep 10, 2011 5:37 PM
    By the way it was pass interference on Hawk….. Wake up Pucker fans !
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    I’m very sorry your anger over Woodson caused you to temporarily go blind at the end of the game. You obviously had the play described verbally to you by Japanese schoolgirls watching American football for the first time.

  50. “You know what made the difference in this game (aside from two bad defenses)? ”

    Bad defenses? The Packers and Saints combined are better than what the Lions have. And no having one good but overrated DT doesn’t make them good.

    and I’m not really sure why a Lions fan is even talking. When is the last time they made the playoffs? Barry Sanders era? And I’m surprised…the Lions went 6-10 and fans like you are still talking trash. Sorry but last time I checked 6-10 is pretty bad.

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