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Sean Payton says he’s treating this year like his first

Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton AP

Saints coach Sean Payton is back to work, and working hard to make sure all his focus and the focus of his team is forward.

During an interview with ESPN Radio Chicago (via SportsRadioInterviews.com), Payton said it’s easy to approach his return to the Saints as a fresh start.

“I’m coming in with the mindset that this is my first year here and I just got hired,” he said.

Payton admitted the difficulty of watching games from afar during his suspension, and it was difficult to watch at times as the Saints slumped to 7-9, with the league’s worst defense.

“It would be like taking you away from your restaurant, if you had one, and you had a security camera that you looked at for eight months, and there were things that you saw being done that maybe you wouldn’t do the same way,” Payton said. “And so absolutely that happens. And yet you know that the guys there, back in the building, players and coaches, they’re all trying to keep the program kind of in the same direction.”

Payton said the most difficult part was the lack of contact with long-time co-workers and friends, admitting it took a toll on him emotionally.

“You’re going to drive yourself crazy if you continue to live each day that way,” he said of the bitterness about his suspension. And so probably for the first two to three weeks you go through those mood swings where you’re angry, you’re disappointed, all those things. And then at some point you gotta kind of turn the page, and it probably took at least two to three weeks to do that.”

That left nine months and change to plot, and apparently fume at his defense, as he’s still in the act of replacing fired coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

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13 Responses to “Sean Payton says he’s treating this year like his first”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 8, 2013 2:02 PM

    His first year at technical college. Sean met a voodoo shaman in the French Quarter, who told him he could always look like a nerdy freshman in exchange for his shriveled little soul. Which explains why he shows no emotion and does not need blood in his body.

  2. geauxsaintsforever says: Feb 8, 2013 2:17 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Feb 8, 2013 2:02 PM
    His first year at technical college. Sean met a voodoo shaman in the French Quarter, who told him he could always look like a nerdy freshman in exchange for his shriveled little soul. Which explains why he shows no emotion and does not need blood in his body.
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    Shows no emotion? Have you ever seen him on the sidelines? He’s basically emotion with a visor.

    You must’ve been looking at the wrong sideline during Super Bowl 44; that was Jim Caldwell showing no emotion over there.

  3. sb44champs says: Feb 8, 2013 2:28 PM

    “Sean Payton says he’s treating this year like his first”
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    That’s good, we got to the NFCC game in his first year so watch out, Payton’s on a mission…

  4. godofwine330 says: Feb 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    Listen to Jay-Z’s “My FIrst Song”, treating each day like your first so you stay just as hungry, just as motivated as you were when you first started.

    “Y’all wanna know why he don’t stop, y’all wanna know why he don’t flop…It’s my life – it’s my pain and my struggle, The song that I sing to you it’s my ev-ery-thing, Treat my first like my last, and my last like my first, And my thirst is the same as – when I came

  5. dexterismyhero says: Feb 8, 2013 2:52 PM

    7-9….yee haa!!! You were told to stop and you didn’t!!!

  6. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 8, 2013 2:52 PM

    Good to have coach back.
    Also it’s funny to hear thegreatgabbert talk smack when we all know his team is a cellar dweller and will be for a very long time.

    The bitterness of men will pass, and as long as we have the Jaguars in the league, there will always be a doormat to wipe your feet clean.

  7. silentcount says: Feb 8, 2013 3:27 PM

    It’s like driving the same speed as everyone else, and a judge pulls you over and suspends your license for a year. And then later, another judge says the suspension was too harsh.

  8. wwttww says: Feb 8, 2013 3:46 PM

    Except you are intentionally running other cars off the road and targeting any stray animals in the way…but yeah it’s kinda like what you said….

  9. onebucplace says: Feb 8, 2013 4:21 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Feb 8, 2013 2:02 PM
    His first year at technical college. Sean met a voodoo shaman in the French Quarter, who told him he could always look like a nerdy freshman in exchange for his shriveled little soul. Which explains why he shows no emotion and does not need blood in his body.

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    Shows no emotion? Didn’t you see him when the Bucs player broke his leg? He was screaming at his players telling them that’s how you’re supposed to tackle – late and out of bounds.

  10. larryjames836 says: Feb 8, 2013 9:54 PM

    Don’t nobody knows the New Orleans Saints like Sean Payton does, this is why he talks the way he do about his team. I don’t care what anyone says know team cannot play they best without their head coach, mainly if there is know contact with the team or coaches. Sean Payton built this team he knows what make them tick, watch the 2013 season a different team.

  11. vtopa says: Feb 8, 2013 10:45 PM

    The Saints are going to destroy other teams. I feel sorry for the rest if the league. Feel the rage.

  12. bartlettruss says: Feb 10, 2013 8:19 AM

    That’s good because he’ll probably win like a first year coach too.

  13. goodolebaghead says: Feb 11, 2013 4:50 PM

    That’s good because he’ll probably win like a first year coach too.
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    Work on your reading comprehension. His ‘first year here…’ That means his first year with the Saints. The same year he got them to NFCCG2006, with a 50% rookie team.

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