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Sean Payton says he regrets not managing his staff better

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In his first public comments since being reinstated from his season-long suspension for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal, coach Sean Payton hinted that his biggest regret is that he didn’t crack down on his defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, who has been singled out as the mastermind of the bounty program.

Although Payton declined to go into specifics, the one specific matter that he admitted not doing well enough was managing his coaching staff.

“There’s certain things that, you know, as you have a chance to look back on it that I would want to look back on differently and I would want to handle differently, with the challenges of managing a staff,” Payton said.

That strongly suggests that Payton believes the bounty scandal was Williams’ fault, but that Payton himself also acknowledges that he should have prevented Williams from running a bounty program. Williams is still suspended indefinitely and will be permitted to apply for reinstatement only if a team wants to hire him. So far, no team has shown an inclination to do so.

Payton said it was hard to spend a year away from his team, but what was harder than anything was being away from the players he cares about and from co-workers like Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis and owner Tom Benson.

“I think the hardest part, though, was not football,” Payton said. “The hardest part was so many of these people we’re talking about — Mickey Loomis, Mr. Benson, a number of the players — you’re used to talking to them in a regular basis. So the difficult part for me was not having the personal interaction. Not necessarily football related, but just as you would as a friend. That was what I found to be more difficult than football.”

Now Payton is back to work with Loomis, Benson and his players. But not with Williams. Managing Williams again is not something Payton sounds interested in.

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47 Responses to “Sean Payton says he regrets not managing his staff better”
  1. johnnycamparm says: Jan 23, 2013 12:44 PM

    Manti Te’o says he regrets not managing his dating life better…

  2. spicymudbugs says: Jan 23, 2013 12:44 PM

    13 – 3 and Super Bowl next year
    You had your chance Matty Lice

  3. jikkle49 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:50 PM

    All you regret is being caught.

    You knew what was going on but it didn’t bother you as long as you were getting results it’s as simple as that.

  4. skoobyfl says: Jan 23, 2013 12:50 PM

    Usually when people talk about injuring other players, a line gets drawn. The bounty part just put it out of anything normal. What if another coach hired a guy to physical hurt another coach ?

  5. geauxjay says: Jan 23, 2013 12:51 PM

    He didn’t confess that there was a bounty. It has never been proven that there was a bounty. All he said was that he made mistakes in running the team.

  6. mungman69 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:05 PM

    Yeah: The Saints will be back in the mix next year. But so will Atlanta. They will fight it out for the NFC south.

  7. cwwgk says: Jan 23, 2013 1:05 PM

    If there was no bounty program, Payton would not have any regrets about his failure to manage. It existed, the league and Goodell were right, and Payton wishes he had stepped in to stop Williams.

  8. turtlehut says: Jan 23, 2013 1:08 PM

    And Drew Brees wants an explanation NOW!

  9. yourignorancespreads says: Jan 23, 2013 1:08 PM

    I love how they keep saying BOUNTY like there was one in place. What a bunch of ridiculous writers. Has everyone lost there mind. It was proven in court that there was no evidence if a bounty and then even tagliabue himself said the very same thing but did say there was illegal paying out of money for performance. So just knock it off people

  10. tjacks7 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:10 PM

    AKA “I regret getting caught and punished.”

  11. geauxjay says: Jan 23, 2013 1:13 PM

    If there was no bounty program, Payton would not have any regrets about his failure to manage. It existed, the league and Goodell were right, and Payton wishes he had stepped in to stop Williams.
    ____________________________________

    No. This goes all the way back to 2009 and their first year together. Gregg Williams likes to run his mouth, and Payton never told him to shut up. Remember Gregg’s “Remember Me Shot” controversy before the Super Bowl? Or the pre-game rant before the 49ers game? That’s what he’s talking about.

    And oh, by the way, neither of those are proof of a bounty. It’s proof that Payton let a loose-cannon loudmouth go unpunished for too long.

  12. saintsfan1981 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:18 PM

    Wow. You people really are idiots.

  13. melikefootball says: Jan 23, 2013 1:21 PM

    Sounds like the bounty did take place, wonder why the players aren’t.

  14. ldfontenot says: Jan 23, 2013 1:26 PM

    Coach Payton is the only player in this drama who has taken the high road from the very beginning. The ONLY one. Not the NFL. Not the NFLPA. Not the Media. Only Coach. He took responsibility and paid a huge price for his failure to manage his slightly psycho DC; that should be enough for most reasonable people, but we know that it won’t be.

  15. jpb12 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:29 PM

    There was clearly a bounty program.

    The only question is whether or not it had an impact on any games. That much is open for debate.

    Payton hired Williams and even had some of his own salary deferred to Williams when he was hired… that’s how bad he wanted to change the culture of his defense.

    In hindsight… maybe he could’ve handled things better.

  16. goodolebaghead says: Jan 23, 2013 1:32 PM

    Hard for there to be bounties when their rules for P4P specifically stated no hits allowed outside the rules.

  17. bartlettruss says: Jan 23, 2013 1:40 PM

    It didn’t sound like to me that Payton said anything of note. The old “mistakes were made” speech came out, but where is the “Yes, we were wrong to try to send Favre out on a stretcher and even more wrong to offer money for it.”?

    Payton basically is pulling a Nolo Contendre, accepting his punishment without admitting specific wrong doings. Cheap PR.

  18. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 23, 2013 1:40 PM

    Taking the rap for someone elses stupid idea. Biggest man EVER.

  19. marcinhouston says: Jan 23, 2013 1:43 PM

    Paul Tagliabue also says he regrets not managing his staff better. It can be difficult when your second in command goes rogue. Also, everything Payton says must be understood in the context that Goodell would have suspended him for life if he disagreed with Goodell but he would have lost the players if he went against them publicly, so all he can do is make vague statements about taking responsibility.

  20. infectorman says: Jan 23, 2013 1:44 PM

    yourignorancespreads
    says: Jan 23, 2013 1:08 PM

    I love how they keep saying BOUNTY like there was one in place. What a bunch of ridiculous writers. Has everyone lost there mind. It was proven in court that there was no evidence if a bounty and then even tagliabue himself said the very same thing but did say there was illegal paying out of money for performance. So just knock it off people

    __________

    Still waiting for someone to explain the difference between “Bounty” and “pay-for-performance”

    No one has. Maybe you can?
    Practically speaking, there is no difference

  21. geauxjay says: Jan 23, 2013 1:55 PM

    Payton did not “take the high road.” He couldn’t fight the punishment because he had no recourse, no union, no deSmith. If he wanted to be reinstated, he had to do what Roger told him to do. So he confessed without actually confessing.

    It’s a shame all of you can’t or refuse to see that.

  22. gochargersgo says: Jan 23, 2013 2:08 PM

    Brees should take a page out of Paytons book and man up. Payton will quickly be forgiven and people will once again respect him. With all his bickering and finger pointing Brees has allowed the mess to linger longer than it should have, and has lost the respect of many as a result.

  23. fuglyflorio says: Jan 23, 2013 2:22 PM

    Translation … it happened. Get over it Saints fans, and stop denying the obvious.

  24. fuglyflorio says: Jan 23, 2013 2:25 PM

    Still waiting for someone to explain the difference between “Bounty” and “pay-for-performance”

    Easy … one doesn’t include intentionally injuring people. Guess which.

  25. yooperman says: Jan 23, 2013 2:34 PM

    goodolebaghead says:
    Jan 23, 2013 1:32 PM
    Hard for there to be bounties when their rules for P4P specifically stated no hits allowed outside the rules.

    Are you saying they had rules for breaking rules?

  26. purpleguy says: Jan 23, 2013 2:37 PM

    According to Saints fans he has nothing to apologize for — apparently Payton is lying about cheating. Do juries even bother to convict criminals in New Orleans, or are only New Orleans Saints representatives viewed through fault-free glasses?

  27. hor2012 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:00 PM

    This is my last post on the bounty issue Whodat Nation. After this moment I’m moving on to next year. This is what I think happen. I believe that this starting the year we won the Super Bowl. Media Day there was some confusion about something that occurred there. I don’t remember what it was but I remember looking at the NFL network and some of the reports saying that Roger Goodell was pissed off. Then it was the stunt Shawn Peyton pulled at the scouting combine when the liquor that Jerry Jones provided for the Cowboys. I remember laughing about that but, when Roger Goodell was interviewed he didn’t come across like he found it funny. So, the bounty scandal starts. And, Roger sees an opportunity to put the Saints in their place. He tells that he heard that they were running a bounty program. Shaw Peyton is aware of the PFP but he never associates with what Roger Goodel calls a bounty. “SO, he says there’s not bounty program in place. Then you have the former employee who comes forth, and in the mind of RG this Saints have lied to him. He’s angry in the height of his anger he hands down punishment. At some point in this process he realizes that he went overboard. But, the players complicates things because the fight back. Now, there’s no way Roger can reverse course on the suspensions without looking weak. He sticks to his guns and the rest his history.
    I honestly don’t think that Roger wanted to suspension to Peyton for the year. But, when the players pushed this into the public he had no choice but to stick to his guns.

  28. bearasstruth says: Jan 23, 2013 3:21 PM

    DUH! The smartess thing I’have heard from Coach in 12 months!!

  29. ejmat2 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:27 PM

    geauxjay says:
    Jan 23, 2013 12:51 PM
    He didn’t confess that there was a bounty. It has never been proven that there was a bounty. All he said was that he made mistakes in running the team.
    ——————————————–
    So that is what you get out of his statements??? It’s very clear his issue was with Gregg Williams and he was the leader of the bounty. Payton even goes as far as saying he could have prevented it. What do you get out of his comments? Just curious. It’s pretty clear to me and every other football fan that isn’t a Saint fan.

  30. infectorman says: Jan 23, 2013 3:29 PM

    @fuglyflorio:

    so now you’re getting into intent.

    As in a player didn’t intentionally hurt another.

    A player is playing so hard and fast during the game that they certainly cannot stop, think about whether or not the blow they are about to deliver is going to injure the other player and then take something off of the hit to make sure the other player isn’t hurt.

    Therein lies the issue.
    As I said, practically speaking, there is no difference.

    I still don’t see how it helped them win any games.
    These guys play in an insane fashion ALL of the TIME,

  31. sb44champs says: Jan 23, 2013 3:31 PM

    He did it, he didn’t do it… There was a bounty, no there was not a bounty.. Make up your minds, followers..

  32. meldrel says: Jan 23, 2013 3:32 PM

    Ok Coach Payton did his thing for the media now let him get back to doing his job.

    Will this *bounty crap ever end? Those that hate the Saints will continue to hate the Saints and those that don’t can move on and never will the two agree.

  33. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 23, 2013 3:39 PM

    So flipping a story into what you want it to mean apparently is a great trait of Saints haters. There were rules to the P4P. But as I see many or you are either the most misinformed sports fans or just conveniently forget the details of the case to fit your own loathing agendas.

  34. wiley16350 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:46 PM

    NFL definition of a bounty- Exchange of money for injury to opposing player.

    Saints Fan definition of bounty- Exchange of money for INTENTIONALLY injuring opposing player.

    This is how Saints fans can say with a straight face that there was no bounties, they change the definition of what a bounty is. The problem is, they don’t define what it is, the NFL does. While the Saints version is much worse, neither version would is a positive situation for the NFL.

  35. vtopa says: Jan 23, 2013 3:55 PM

    I think the Payton/Saints haters on this site are hilarious. I can’t tell whether what they are saying is anger over the supposed “bounty gate” or the fact that they are terrified of having to play a motivated, angry Saints team complete with hypercompetetive Payton, Brees, and the rest for the next few years.

  36. geauxsaintsforever says: Jan 23, 2013 3:56 PM

    yooperman says:
    Jan 23, 2013 2:34 PM
    goodolebaghead says:
    Jan 23, 2013 1:32 PM
    Hard for there to be bounties when their rules for P4P specifically stated no hits allowed outside the rules.

    Are you saying they had rules for breaking rules?

    ___________________________

    Yes, the Saints pay for performance program included cash incentives for good plays (e.g., fumble recoveries, pick-six, hard hits, etc.) and fines for illegal hits (e.g., personal fouls).

    I understand how you could be unaware of this facet of the program. The media tended to ignore this key fact because it made the Saints pay for performance system seem much less sinister, and therefore, would take away from their sensationalist headlines. Can’t let facts get in the way of a good story, you know. Who Dat!

  37. mydroopysack says: Jan 23, 2013 4:08 PM

    Sean Payton didn’t manage his staff well this season either. Something that no one talks about is how he purposely set the team up to fail. He picks a position coach to be the interim HC for 10 games because he too was suspended 6 weeks for his participation in the bounty stuff. Then there’s an interim-interim HC for the other 6 games. There is ZERO chance a team can succeed like that.

    So why do I think he did it purposely? To remind everyone that he is irreplaceable. If he selects someone capable to be the interim HC throughout the season and the team does well, makes the playoffs, etc., then it looks real bad for Payton considering he was implicated in the scandal and his contract ended this year. You’d have a Bruce Arians in Indy situation, except no one would fire the guy who has cancer. You’d cut loose the guy whose contract was ending and who was held responsible for the bounty program.

    Sean Payton looked out for only himself, set the team up to fail, but the people of New Orleans are too busy directing their anger at the NFL and Goodell to notice.

  38. mydroopysack says: Jan 23, 2013 4:14 PM

    I have to say Sean Payton is a dam genius too. Look how pissed off everyone in NO is at Goodell. They think he sunk the team by suspending Payton for the year. But look at how the Saints played this year. They went 0-6 under the interim-interim coach. Then they went 7-3 after Joe Vitt stepped in. Imagine if the person picked to be interim HC was someone who could do it the entire season. The team could have made the playoffs if a better plan was in place, but of course, Payton could never risk his career like that. From a human standpoint, you totally understand what he did, but if you’re a Saints fan, you care about the Saints well-being and not just an individual that works for them. Payton screwed the team over this year, but the music is solely being directed at Goodell. What a genius.

  39. wiley16350 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    Hard for there to be bounties when their rules for P4P specifically stated no hits allowed outside the rules.

    Are you saying they had rules for breaking rules?
    ___________________________________

    This shows a complete lack of understanding what the NFL determined a bounty was. It DID NOT matter if an injury happened with-in the rules or outside of the rules. It DID NOT matter if the injuries were accomplished intentionally or unintentionally. All that mattered was the fact that players WERE PAYING each other when an opponent was injured. Exchanging MONEY for INJURIES is basically CELEBRATING that injury. That paints a negative light on the NFL, especially if the information got out that the NFL knew about it and did nothing. Stop acting like the NFL said the Saints were intentionally injuring opponents and playing outside of the rules on the field for money. That is a falsehood and complete misreprensentation of what the NFL accused the Saints of.

  40. geauxsaintsforever says: Jan 23, 2013 4:25 PM

    mydroopysack says:
    Jan 23, 2013 4:14 PM
    I have to say Sean Payton is a dam genius too. Look how pissed off everyone in NO is at Goodell. They think he sunk the team by suspending Payton for the year. But look at how the Saints played this year. They went 0-6 under the interim-interim coach. Then they went 7-3 after Joe Vitt stepped in. Imagine if the person picked to be interim HC was someone who could do it the entire season. The team could have made the playoffs if a better plan was in place, but of course, Payton could never risk his career like that. From a human standpoint, you totally understand what he did, but if you’re a Saints fan, you care about the Saints well-being and not just an individual that works for them. Payton screwed the team over this year, but the music is solely being directed at Goodell. What a genius.

    _______________________

    Wrong, the Saints went 2-4 under Aaron Kromer, and then 5-5 under Joe Vitt. If you don’t believe me, google 2012 Saints and look at their results on profootballreference.com.

  41. nothinbutathang says: Jan 23, 2013 4:27 PM

    wiley16350 says:
    Jan 23, 2013 3:46 PM
    NFL definition of a bounty- Exchange of money for injury to opposing player.

    Saints Fan definition of bounty- Exchange of money for INTENTIONALLY injuring opposing player.

    This is how Saints fans can say with a straight face that there was no bounties, they change the definition of what a bounty is. The problem is, they don’t define what it is, the NFL does. While the Saints version is much worse, neither version would is a positive situation for the NFL

    ————————————————–

    What injuries? I don’t think one person has been able to say that any Saints player intentionally
    injured another player. Your own statement indicates the NFL definition says: Exchange of Money for injury to a player. I ask you again, what injuries were committed? By your premise, it’s like arresting someone for murder, but no murder has been committed.

  42. brettfavresmidget says: Jan 23, 2013 5:12 PM

    Drew Brees is a NightQuil addict. Dude can barely stay awake anymore. He surely needs a 12-step program.

  43. td30 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:08 PM

    thats what he said

  44. bigalhebdman says: Jan 23, 2013 6:40 PM

    Also, if you check the facts you will notice that in the 3 years for which they were accused, the Saints were in the 4th of teams for penalties assessed.
    Name ONE player, the Saints actually carted off. Favre was injured in a playoff game the week BEFORE they played the Saints.
    Fact: The only “cartoff”, that happened was Pierre Thomas RB New Orleans Saints getting knocked out during a playoff game on the goal line against the 49ers last year. Oh, yes, GODdell did not hand out a fine or suspension for that knockout.

  45. bigalhebdman says: Jan 23, 2013 6:42 PM

    That should say the lower fourth of teams for penalties assessed.

  46. nawlinssaints1956 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:55 PM

    Sean didn’t make the call on either the interim HC (Vitt), or the interim interim HC (Kromer); he had been suspended since April. There was never any doubt Sean was coming back to the Saints; they have built a solid organization over the last seven years and he would have been crazy to walk away from that. Saints fans are moving in and looking forward to 2013. All you Vikings and Falcons fans, along with the other assorted haters, can continue to live in the past. Looking forward to the Saints making the off season moves needed to manage the cap, and also the draft. Hope you enjoyed your one year at the top Falcon fans; your Daddy is back to spank you again next season. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

  47. purplepunisher says: Jan 24, 2013 9:26 AM

    Face it Saints fans your team sucks! That little weasel coming back wont change the fact your players are not good.

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