On Friday night, Saints head coach Sean Payton participated in an NFL game for the first time in close to 20 months.
He believes his performance left something to be desired.
“There are a lot of new faces and certainly as a play-caller and getting the call in on offense, I wasn’t very good,” Payton said after the game, per Glenn Guilbeau of USA Today.
On multiple occasions in their preseason-opening win vs. Kansas City, the Saints used timeouts on offense, burning two in the same second-quarter drive.
The NFL suspended Payton was for the 2012 season in connection with New Orleans’ bounty scandal.
Widely regarded as one of the NFL’s top offensive minds and play-callers, Payton has three more games to get back up to speed — something that seems likely to happen, given the Saints’ success with him in control of the offense.