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Sean Payton: Our structure is why I want to stay with Saints for rest of career

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When the offseason began in New Orleans, there was some question about whether the team might part ways with coach Sean Payton.

That didn’t wind up happening and it won’t happen until Payton’s ready to stop coaching the NFL altogether if he has his way. During an interview with ESPN, Payton said the only other place he could see himself coaching is for his son’s school team and said that the team’s “structure” is a big reason why he doesn’t find the grass greener elsewhere.

Payton said he thinks “more than half” the teams in the NFL are “dysfunctional” when it comes to how the coach, owner and General Manager work together and that’s not something he feels with Tom Benson and Mickey Loomis.

“The communication between that triangle of ownership, general manager and head coach,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “And I see each year things that take place and I think ‘man, we don’t have to worry about them.’ Now we might on that Sunday. But we don’t have to worry about them winning the whole thing. And that’s something that changes. It’s not a permanent thing for any team, nor is it permanent for us. We don’t take it for granted in any way. We’ve got to find a way to do a better job in personnel. We’ve got to find a way to get north of this 7-9 season we just had. I don’t take that triangle for granted at all because, man, what would be more frustrating than coaching somewhere where you had no chance?”

The point about needing to do a better job in personnel is the one that could be the biggest stumbling block to Payton realizing his goal. The Saints have missed the playoffs two years running and much longer on that side of the fence isn’t going to speak well of the structure that’s currently in place in New Orleans even if things run more smoothly than they do for other teams.

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22 Responses to “Sean Payton: Our structure is why I want to stay with Saints for rest of career”
  1. sb44champs says: Feb 19, 2016 12:12 PM

    Structure = SB44championship

  2. abninf says: Feb 19, 2016 12:13 PM

    Right. He would be on the first plane back to Dallas (his home) if Jerry wanted him.

  3. patsbrat says: Feb 19, 2016 12:19 PM

    Payton is dead on here. It takes 3 things to consistantly win in the NFL – strategy, execution, and organization. Organization is the aspect that is most overlooked, but without cohesiveness in this area it becomes pretty impossible to effectively implement strategy and execution beyond a game here and there.

  4. thepftpoet says: Feb 19, 2016 12:20 PM

    The New Orleans Saints can’t get out of their own way.

    Ever since the tainted 2009 Super Bowl win* (Which should be Minnesotas) they have been on the decline.

    This whole Saints team will be exposed and most likely drafting #1 overall next year.

  5. saints12013 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:21 PM

    Ya and maybe if there was a ” structure” to Brees’ existing contract we could get north of 7-9.

    We need help in so many areas it seems almost impossible that it’s gonna happen especially with our cap problems.

    But I’ll remain optimistic cause that’s my team.

  6. mysterytonite says: Feb 19, 2016 12:25 PM

    Translation: I have the key to the training staffs closet, why ruin a good thing?

  7. hawkwind8 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:38 PM

    Thumbs up, Brees plays 4 or less more years.
    Thumbs down Brees plays 5 or more additional years.

  8. ariani1985 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:45 PM

    Well what ever you are doing it sure is not working!

    Restructure gate!

  9. klutch14u says: Feb 19, 2016 12:49 PM

    I agree with him. So many times hit the complete reset button every year or 2 they never have a chance to build anything. Pretty clear who those teams are.

    But yes, eventually you are expected to win

  10. ronin36 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:54 PM

    The cycle of nearly every NFL team..

    1. They get good and either win Lombardi, or very close.
    2. They are forced (supply/demand) to pay the QB a ton of money
    3. The rest of the team suffers because they can’t afford to keep talent around the (now) highly paid QB.
    4. They limp along either “just getting into” the playoffs, or narrowly missing.
    5. The QB gets old and traded/retires and frees up cap space.
    6. They suck for a year and get high draft pick.
    7. They get young QB and high draft picks.

    and the cycle restarts.

  11. RegisHawk says: Feb 19, 2016 1:00 PM

    Was he drunk when he said that? Or just whacked out on Vicodin?

  12. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 19, 2016 1:02 PM

    There’s supposedly great communication in Dallas between the owner, GM and HC, yet the team continues to under perform. The current HC has only been there 6 seasons but the team has disappointed since 1993 when Jimmy Johnson was fired and the current GM took over. I’m thinking the maybe the communication between the owner and GM isn’t so good.

  13. gromit45 says: Feb 19, 2016 1:26 PM

    No….there’s not good communication in Dallas

    Even though the Owner, GM, and (de facto) HC are all Jerry Jones

  14. mymanotis says: Feb 19, 2016 1:30 PM

    Structure my $%#. You need a quarterback and he has got one. A franchise quarterback cures almost everything and gives you chance every single week and season.

  15. sb44champs says: Feb 19, 2016 1:31 PM

    Right. He would be on the first plane back to Dallas (his home) if Jerry wanted him.
    ==========================
    Then why did Jerry ride his yacht in the sky all the way down to NOLA right before Payton announced he was staying? LOL

  16. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 19, 2016 1:36 PM

    Dallas can’t have Payton just get over it. Who would want to live in that pretentious parking lot of a city anyway?

  17. bears5683 says: Feb 19, 2016 1:59 PM

    Brees will be a HOFer. He probably won’t win another SB. Likely will end up with 0 MVPs (although several top 5 finishes), but one thing he does is put up numbers and likely with pass up Manning in career Yards and maybe even TDs. Still probably has at least 3 4500-5000 yd 25-35 TD seasons left.

  18. sb44champs says: Feb 19, 2016 2:19 PM

    Brees should’ve won the MVP in 2009 over Manning as he had a better TD/INT ratio and was the better QB that year. But the love fest for Manning getting his record 4th MVP proved too much to overcome despite Brees having the better season. At least Brees won SB44MVP over Manning that same year.

  19. magikk337 says: Feb 19, 2016 3:17 PM

    I see people still butt hurt that Minnesota lost in 09.. Get over it.. We need Greg Williams back!!!

  20. noringsforvikings says: Feb 19, 2016 4:43 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Feb 19, 2016 12:20 PM

    The New Orleans Saints can’t get out of their own way.

    Ever since the tainted 2009 Super Bowl win* (Which should be Minnesotas) they have been on the decline.

    This whole Saints team will be exposed and most likely drafting #1 overall next year.
    ———————————————————ariani1985 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 12:45 PM

    Well what ever you are doing it sure is not working!

    Restructure gate!
    ———————————————————
    Why aren’t you guys commenting on the article about the leaky roof on the new Vikings stadium that will cost $4 million to repair? You’re both clearly on the wrong “structure” post today.

  21. balt88 says: Feb 19, 2016 6:06 PM

    Why are the Minnesota Vikings just like 7Up?

    “Never had it, never will.”

    Hope you enjoyed your one and out playoffs this year… lol

  22. purplegreenandgold says: Feb 20, 2016 5:47 PM

    I see the amount of Vikings trolls have dwindled down to a couple of lone wolves after ” WIDE LEFT ” gate…

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