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Sean Payton won’t ask NFL to let him attend Saints game

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on the verge of breaking Johnny Unitas’s NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass, but the man who coached Brees through most of that streak won’t be there to witness it.

Sean Payton, the Saints head coach who was suspended all season because of the team’s bounty program, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will not ask the NFL to grant him permission to be there to see Brees go for the record on Sunday night against the Chargers.

“No, no,” Payton said. “I’ve kind of got a full plate here. A handful of people texted me that. Right now, I’ll be able to watch it, and shoot, just being able to watch it on TV is no different than being there in person. It’s just an honor to be connected to this.”

When the league allowed suspended former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to attend Sunday’s Seahawks-Rams game in St. Louis, it raised the question of whether Payton would be allowed to attend games, too. It’s still not clear whether the NFL would allow that, but it appears to be a moot point, because Payton doesn’t want to push it.

And so, if Brees throws a touchdown pass for the 48th straight game on Sunday night, Payton will settle for watching on TV.

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22 Responses to “Sean Payton won’t ask NFL to let him attend Saints game”
  1. scrp2 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:00 PM

    Coach called in to reassure us he does miss the 20-hour workdays and that his Fiji Islands resort does carry NFL games.

  2. kattykathy says: Oct 2, 2012 1:01 PM

    Sean Payton has class and will not bend over and kiss Roger’s rear end like Williams did.

    He will not let Goodell threaten him. He also will not throw his players under the bus and lie on them just for the smallest of chances to be able to coach again.

    The Saints players, Loomis, and Payton are victims of Goodels player concussion legal strategy and Williams is no better than Goodell, both snakes

  3. nfloracle says: Oct 2, 2012 1:03 PM

    “Right now, I’ll be able to watch it, and shoot, just being able to watch it on TV is no different than being there in person. ”

    Payton is so right. Why pay several hundred bucks to park, deal with drunks, watch the game from the nosebleed sections, and eat a rancid hot dog with a warm beer when you can sit in your man cave with a HD home theater and feel like the King of the World?

  4. halen11 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:04 PM

    (Payton said) “…I’ll be able to watch it, and shoot, just being able to watch it on TV is no different than being there in person. ”

    —–

    Ha! Goodell will not be pleased with those comments.

  5. staticphear says: Oct 2, 2012 1:07 PM

    ’ll be able to watch it, and shoot, just being able to watch it on TV is no different than being there in person.”

    I’m sure the owner isn’t happy he said that either.

  6. gotampabay52 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:18 PM

    He isn’t stupid. He doesn’t want to be there dealing with drunks, media. He wants to stay out of spotlight.

  7. laeaglefan says: Oct 2, 2012 1:27 PM

    He could always go in disguise. I’d bet that he could get away with that :-)

  8. thebrownrelease says: Oct 2, 2012 1:28 PM

    Yeah… the way the Saints are playing right now I wouldn’t want to go to a game either.

  9. jimcaldwellsucks says: Oct 2, 2012 1:35 PM

    They should put Payton in one of those Hannibal Lecter transporting devices and sit him down on about the 15 yard line.

    If and when Brees gets the Touchdown. Let Payton out to shake Brees hand and then lock him back up and remove him from the Stadium.

  10. strctlylo says: Oct 2, 2012 1:39 PM

    “No, no,” Payton said. “I’ve kind of got a full plate here.”

    Actually pretty nice little Sunday. We’re going to Home Depot. Yeah buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed Bath and Beyond… I don’t know! I don’t know if we’ll have enough time!

  11. silentcount says: Oct 2, 2012 1:40 PM

    It should say ALLEGED bounty program. It still has not been shown that Sean Payton actually deserved to be suspended. No other coach in the NFL has ever been suspended for just one game, let alone a whole year. This was clearly Goodell abusing his power over a personal grudge against Sean Payton.

  12. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 2, 2012 1:41 PM

    Gosh, you guys act like there is something wrong with a bunch of drunks being at the football games..

    I would love it if all the snobs stayed home.

  13. geauxjay says: Oct 2, 2012 1:41 PM

    The better question is will Roger even show up to acknowledge one of the most hallowed records in NFL history going down.

    Or will he stay in New York City because he’s too chicken you-know-what to confront the team and loyal fans that he screwed over?

  14. jpb12 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:44 PM

    He’ll be one of 5,800 fans wearing a paper bag

  15. kellij666 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:50 PM

    ‘it’ will be drew’s moment not sean’s and since he won’t be able to talk to him anyway what’ the big deal. this way, noboday’s talking about him and the focus will be where it should be, on drew. and let me say what a class act johnny unitas’ son is for the letter he sent to drew congratulating him on tying the record and for being so gracious. those of you with your idiotic comments should go read the letter which is posted on espn and take a lesson from him. good luck on sunday night drew. when you break the record the superdome will be rocking!!!!!

  16. booker1974 says: Oct 2, 2012 2:46 PM

    I’d still love to hear exactly what Sean Payton’s involvment was that meritted a one year suspension. Supposedly he and Loomis lied when asked about a bounty program, but if all that was really in place was a pay for performance system, did he really lie? There may or may not have been a bounty on Favre, that is still not clear, but even if there was it would not in and of itself have constituted a bounty program. And if there were no further bounties (and there is no proof what-so-ever that there was any bounty placed on anyone after Favre), then how can Payton be punished for not complying with the directive to make sure there weren’t bounties?

    This whole thing is and has been completely ridiculous.

  17. spartan822 says: Oct 2, 2012 2:47 PM

    “Right now, I’ll be able to watch it, and shoot, just being able to watch it on TV is no different than being there in person.”

    Actually, it is different. Watching at home is a much better experience overall.

  18. t16rich says: Oct 2, 2012 2:58 PM

    NFL might have to start paying Saints supporters to show up.

  19. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 2, 2012 5:56 PM

    t16rich says:
    Oct 2, 2012 2:58 PM
    NFL might have to start paying Saints supporters to show up.
    _____
    Coming from someone who has absolutely no clue about anything to do with the Saints rabid fanbase.

    You Fail.

  20. chargersdiehard says: Oct 2, 2012 6:40 PM

    Key word in the article, “if” Drew Brees can throw a touchdown pass Sunday night.

  21. jonny42671 says: Oct 2, 2012 6:51 PM

    Not only will the Saints be remembered as cheaters and have asterisk forever attached. They are now getting what they deserve! 0-4 !!!!!!! Love it !!

  22. axespray says: Oct 2, 2012 9:21 PM

    I wouldn’t wanna attend a game if that was my team’s defense either…

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