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Saints point to return of “genius” coach for 4-0 start

Sean Payton AP

The difference in feeling in New Orleans from this time a year ago is obvious.

“Oh-and-4 to 4-0, I’d say this feels better,” quarterback Drew Brees said.

And so is the reason for the flip, the return of coach Sean Payton, who has his team playing like nothing we saw from them during his suspension.

Running back Darren Sproles, who was moved around like a chess piece to remarkable effect last night, said of his coach “He’s a genius.”

“He’s our lead man,” Brees explained, via Ashley Fox of ESPN.com. “I tell you what, from the moment he stepped back in the facility in April, he’s been locked in. He’s never let an opportunity go by without communicating a message. He has not let anything go unsaid. Maybe that’s the perspective coming off last year. Maybe it’s just feeling like he hasn’t been around, so he wants to make sure everything is communicated, especially to a lot of these young players, about our program and what we do on a daily basis, our work ethic, building a foundation, the history.

“I feel like we’re building some history here.”

And after making the wrong kind a year ago, it’s history they’re glad to be making.

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26 Responses to “Saints point to return of “genius” coach for 4-0 start”
  1. cardsfann1 says: Oct 1, 2013 6:58 AM

    Hard to argue with Brees right now…

  2. whodatsaybaby says: Oct 1, 2013 7:35 AM

    FIRST POST, WHO DAT BABY!!!!!!! Where is all the Tampa and Atlanta haters saying the Saints were done… Hahahahhaaaa.
    Saints 4-0
    Panthers 1-2
    Falcons 1-3
    Bucs 0-4…

    Saints have more wins than the NFC South combined +2…

  3. colv says: Oct 1, 2013 7:42 AM

    I’m a Ravens and football fan and one that’s always rooted for NO ( underdog fan) and ever so happy about SB run. To be honest I didn’t expect the return of the HC would be as dramatic a change in wins and losses from last year. I’m wrong and very happy for NO fans.

  4. DaveKShape says: Oct 1, 2013 7:49 AM

    Imean, what can you say? They look great. Improved defense too.

  5. duece5 says: Oct 1, 2013 8:04 AM

    “…….and to make sure all the new guys understand the payment system under our non-bounty, bounty program!”

  6. bruiseddeath says: Oct 1, 2013 8:17 AM

    Rob Ryan should also get Kudos for his job with that defense. Especially missing a couple big names from said defense.

  7. nflpoker says: Oct 1, 2013 9:23 AM

    I guess the team is as only good as its coach, huh. So does that mean the Saints are 4-0 or is it only Payton who is 4-0? Last year’s Saints weren’t exactly impressive yah know.

  8. turtlehut says: Oct 1, 2013 9:34 AM

    Genus at cheating and lying to his owner – which did let him hoist the Lombardi Trophy – so what’s not to love?

  9. thedownwardspiral says: Oct 1, 2013 9:39 AM

    He’s the anti-Schiano

  10. trollhammer20 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:50 AM

    Offense appears to be just as capable as ever, and the defense is looking better as well.

    It’s a ways away, but, that December 2nd Monday Night game at Seattle is looking a little more compelling with each passing week. Noted Brees excellent MNF record last night…Seattle has the best MNF record of any franchise….irresistible force meets immovable object? Battle for homefield? Eh…it’s a ways away, but…could be a huge one.

  11. quintorisjones says: Oct 1, 2013 9:58 AM

    Sean Payton is great, but their offense is statistically off to a worse start than they have since Sean Payton and Drew Brees connected.

    The difference? Rob Ryan. Take a top 2 offense and give them any type of defense that resembles an NFL squad, much less a top 5 defense, and they will win lots of games…

    and they are.

  12. shayeezy says: Oct 1, 2013 10:31 AM

    brees and payton > peyton

  13. cuda1234 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:50 AM

    So throwing the ball on EVERY play now makes you a genius. Brees’s records should all have an asterisk next to them with a note that broke some passing records by passing on every down, something never before done in the NFL. *

  14. rondayne33 says: Oct 1, 2013 12:00 PM

    You mean genius enough not to get caught breaking the rules? Oh wait….

  15. johnclaytonsponytail says: Oct 1, 2013 12:02 PM

    I know huh cuda. How dare a QB throw the ball when his team is having issues running the ball. They should just punt it on 1st down according to your logic.

  16. doubleogator says: Oct 1, 2013 12:42 PM

    Looks like there will always be the haters, I wonder how many of those are fans of a team that is 4-0 right now…

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 1, 2013 3:18 PM

    Helps to have opposing team’s rooms bugged.

  18. akasaintsbaby says: Oct 1, 2013 3:18 PM

    Lots of haters out there right now so they must be doing something right. Saints are running away with the NFC south. The next two games on the road will tell us a lot about what they are capable of this year.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 1, 2013 3:34 PM

    akasaintsbaby says: Oct 1, 2013 3:18 PM

    Lots of haters out there right now so they must be doing something right. Saints are running away with the NFC south. The next two games on the road will tell us a lot about what they are capable of this year.
    —————-

    Whatever you want to call it. We were “hating” when they were 0-4 last year, and my guys dismantled them at MetLife? This team is New England 2.0. Bounty Gate, tapping opposing teams’ lines, inflated stats because of the dome, and being decidedly average in real elements. People are tired of tuning in and listening to Saints fans act like they run something, and hearing Tirico and other idiots worship them all game is annoying and unwarranted.

    Again, can’t wait until December 2.

  20. 504in860 says: Oct 1, 2013 4:39 PM

    Mr. Wright:

    Your team is 0-4, and looks like the worst team in the NFC. You might want to lay low right now bud.

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 1, 2013 4:58 PM

    Talk deflects off me. I give it to the Giants better than any Giants hater could. That’s not the point here, and it doesn’t negate the FACTS.

    I don’t lay low. That’s for you loser fans who run and hide when your teams lose, like Saints fans last season.

    Again, can’t wait until December 2.

    Hell, can’t wait until THIS WEEKEND.

  22. 504in860 says: Oct 1, 2013 6:40 PM

    Your team sucking deflects off you as well.

  23. scooter4154 says: Oct 1, 2013 7:21 PM

    Bottom line is, the saints are 4-0 weither you like them or not. Nuff said!

  24. goawayeverybody says: Oct 1, 2013 8:31 PM

    ————————–
    colv says:
    Oct 1, 2013 7:42 AM
    I’m a Ravens and football fan and one that’s always rooted for NO ( underdog fan) and ever so happy about SB run. To be honest I didn’t expect the return of the HC would be as dramatic a change in wins and losses from last year. I’m wrong and very happy for NO fans.
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    Saints fans love the Ravens too!!!

  25. goawayeverybody says: Oct 1, 2013 8:32 PM

    The haters are becoming more and more illogical and non-factual. Sigh.

  26. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 2, 2013 10:59 AM

    colv says:
    Oct 1, 2013 7:42 AM
    I’m a Ravens and football fan and one that’s always rooted for NO ( underdog fan) and ever so happy about SB run. To be honest I didn’t expect the return of the HC would be as dramatic a change in wins and losses from last year. I’m wrong and very happy for NO fans
    ____
    Thanks buddy. I was pulling for your Ravens in the Superbowl to take down those egotistical 9ers and your squad didn’t disappoint. Baltimore fans were way more fun to be around than the stuck up west coasters.

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