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Payton won’t say if he’ll call plays from booth

Sean Payton AP

Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael called his first game on Sunday night against the Colts.

It worked out fairly well: The team won 62-7.

Head coach Sean Payton isn’t saying whether Carmichael will keep the role in the short term while Payton watches the game from the coaches booth.  Payton doesn’t want to give the team’s next opponent (St. Louis) a better feel for the playcaller.

Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune believes Payton will take the role back.  Payton made general suggestions last week during the game largely because he was out early last week when the gameplan was decided.

Payton focused his energy during last week on motivational aspects. He told the Saints that they haven’t lived up to their potential as a team yet.

“It was the thinking that at some point here if we’re wanting to be a really, really good football team, we need to see it,” Payton said.

Whatever the Saints did last week, it worked.  We’d be afraid to make any changes after that game.

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9 Responses to “Payton won’t say if he’ll call plays from booth”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 25, 2011 10:31 AM

    Wow, so we’ll all have to wait on the edge of our seats to find out then.

  2. freedomispopular says: Oct 25, 2011 10:32 AM

    Maybe having 2 playcallers will be one of the NFL’s new fads. Then we’ll spend all week debating who they’re going to “start.”

  3. cakemixa says: Oct 25, 2011 10:42 AM

    Maybe he won’t call plays so he can eat more hot dogs during the game

  4. nicosanchez02 says: Oct 25, 2011 11:06 AM

    For a minute there, I thought it read Peyton won’t say if he’ll call plays from booth, maybe from sidelines this week.

  5. tinbender2000 says: Oct 25, 2011 1:28 PM

    That might work if Painter can execute…. oh wait, wrong Payton

  6. koolbreeze7 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:08 PM

    This could potentially be an advantage for the SAINTS in the long run, considering Payton can see the whole field. People want to discredit the SAINTS win on Sunday because the Colts aren’t very good, but that was a complete game played on both sides of the ball Sunday night. SAINTS coaching staff was brilliant!

  7. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 25, 2011 2:13 PM

    Will Peyton be playcalling for the colts? He should be..

  8. seabreezes51 says: Oct 25, 2011 2:36 PM

    He needs to read up a bit about Wally Pipp

  9. notjcred says: Oct 26, 2011 12:23 AM

    “It was the thinking that at some point here if we’re wanting to be a really, really good football team, we need to see it,” Payton said, before taking his final bite and leaving the booth.

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