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Payton admits frustration watching Saints from couch

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Sean Payton couldn’t do anything about it.

But like any other Saints fan, he stewed over last week’s 40-32 loss to the Redskins.

You feel like you’re watching your own family members so when they experience a loss, it’s frustrating,” Payton told Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I think it’s more frustrating when you’re just sitting back afar from a couch watching. . . .

“I sat down with a pad and paper and watched the game. Just started eating a bunch of junk food in the fourth quarter when they were losing.”

He wasn’t the only one feeling indigestion, but Payton was quick to say he’s not worried about the long-term direction of what is very much his team.

“These guys are pros and they understand week by week getting onto the next game and they certainly understand the importance of this next game,” he said. “The next one will be important. We’re in the division this week. We’ll handle this the right way.”

They didn’t Sunday, and are a road trip to Charlotte away from an 0-2 start.

And some of the problems give indications they’re missing their play-caller. They were a meager 2-of-11 on third downs, and while a costly 12 men on the field penalty wasn’t necessarily interim coach Aaron Kromer’s fault, it does speak to a bit of a leadership vacuum.

One that Payton can’t do anything but watch.

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12 Responses to “Payton admits frustration watching Saints from couch”
  1. packerpride03 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:21 AM

    Maybe take up being a ref you like being a scab

  2. dldove77 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:35 AM

    Your job…ADIEU!

  3. ausernamethatisavailable says: Sep 15, 2012 11:47 AM

    Carmichael called plays last year also. They do miss coaches presence but play calling is no different than last year. Just saying….

  4. 49erstim says: Sep 15, 2012 12:07 PM

    If only there were a pill for that….. ;-)

    Why was he taking notes? To send to the team perhaps? Another rules violation perhaps? They’ll never learn!

  5. sagemasterblog says: Sep 15, 2012 12:27 PM

    REALLY — ” I think it’s more frustrating when you’re just sitting back afar from a couch watching. . . .”

    the fans have to deal with this all the time… we have to watch inept play, poor pass protection, no pass rush, and no hustle.

    welcome to our world — and we pay to watch the game

  6. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 15, 2012 12:46 PM

    It’s going to get even tougher, cheater!

    The first game that the saints have a legit shot at winning is the Raiders in November.

  7. prmpft says: Sep 15, 2012 12:46 PM

    please allow me to convey my most sincere wishes for absolute and total ruin upon all of you haters as well as your beloved commissioner…

  8. jackers252 says: Sep 15, 2012 12:52 PM

    Last year the Saints had the best offense to ever step on an NFL field.

    So far, the Saints offense looks like a shell of its former self.

    Like I said before, the league is worse off not having someone like Payton on the sidelines.

    Goodell needs to show his cards. It’s sick that he can just ban people at will with no real evidence or proof, just his hunch.

  9. realfann says: Sep 15, 2012 2:09 PM

    ” (a) costly 12 men on the field penalty wasn’t necessarily interim coach Aaron Kromer’s fault, it does speak to a bit of a leadership vacuum.”

    12 men on the field is because the head coach got suspended??

    It does?? Really???

  10. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Sep 15, 2012 4:24 PM

    He shouldn’t be allowed to watch the games at all. His suspension should include having to watch the Lifetime channel every week during Aints games and he shouldn’t be allowed to DVR any NFL games at all during the season.

  11. turtlehut says: Sep 15, 2012 4:25 PM

    “Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time.” – Baretta

  12. CKL says: Sep 15, 2012 7:32 PM

    LOL I can just see it now… every word Sean speaks to the media as some code that correlates to a key that decodes some secret message to his team. He didn’t really say anything to the media until very recently. And make no mistake about it…I kind of like the thought as I like Sean.

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