Sean Payton, Dirk Koetter had words after Saints-Bucs game

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After the Buccaneers beat the Saints on Sunday, coaches Dirk Koetter and Sean Payton had a postgame handshake that seemed to show there are still hard feelings over the ugly incident in the teams’ previous meeting.

The two shook hands near midfield and smiled, but as they exchanged shoulder slaps they looked less like friends than like two guys who wanted to exert dominance by slapping shoulders harder than necessary. Payton started to walk off, but then Koetter appeared to want to say something about the teams’ previous meeting, when Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans cheap-shotted Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, resulting in a suspension.

As Koetter tried to say something, Payton explained why he was upset.

“Here’s the thing: I got pissed in the last game,” Payton said.

“I couldn’t see it,” Koetter replied, apparently indicating he didn’t see the hit his player delivered on Payton’s player.

Payton didn’t buy that explanation, replying, “Come on.”

Koetter then began trying to explain himself by saying, “Sean, if I had seen it–” but Payton walked away before Koetter could finish.

FOX 13 in Tampa has video of the exchange, and it appears that these two coaches don’t like each other very much. So everyone will be sure to keep an eye out when they meet twice more in 2018.

51 responses to “Sean Payton, Dirk Koetter had words after Saints-Bucs game

  1. Sean Payton has ALWAYS been one of those arrogant coaches who thinks his s—t doesn’t stink!
    It’s not the coach’s fault his player went rogue and cheap shorted someone, unless Sean Payton believes Dirk Koetter told the player to do it
    Which is ludicrous!

    Payton complains about every call against his team
    Blames losses on refs
    Never takes responsibility for his poor drafting, mediocre coaching the past 5 years
    I can’t wait until the Vikings get their revenge on the Saints in the NFC title game!

  2. I see Sean Payton telling Koetter “Good job” twice in the exchange. You catch a glimpse of Koetter smiling and the cameraman in the background laughing.

  3. Payton is acting like a big baby. Mike Evans thought he saw something that he really didn’t see, so he did something really, really stupid. Coach has no control over that. I’m no fan of Dirk Koetter, but Payton needs to move past this.

  4. .
    A review of the Evens- Lattimore situation would show that the incident took place along the sideline during a chaotic exchange between the two teams. It’s possible that Koetter did not see it.
    .

  5. Isn’t keeping your players under part of the coaches Job? I don’t blame Payton for being pissed. Koetter has had a hard time keeping that thing they call a qb so it’s rightfully so that people get mad at koetter as well. Time to move past it but i still can believe the nfl only suspended gronk and Evans 1 game for what they did.

  6. Payton is an arrogant little chipmunk-looking punk. He of all people should complain about cheap shots after his DC and him were suspended for putting bounties on players.
    I hope Payton loses in the first round so we don’t have to look at his chipmunk face.

  7. This from the same coach who’s staff was ordering hits on the 49ers qb during the playoffs and ended up getting his dc blackballed from the nfl while he took a suspension. Those who live in glass houses Sean. Freaking laughable.

  8. I hate Payton and the Aints. The guy is just a sore loser and complains about everything. How about taking a loss against a poor team in stride? All we’ve been hearing is how different this team is since early in the season, dude, you lost against Tampa in the last game of the season before the playoffs start.

  9. The irony of Payton complaining about a dirty hit… The guy is a big baby and if he didn’t have Brees, he’d be another has-been.

  10. Sean, while you’re complaining about cheap shots by other teams, I’ve got one word for you “BOUNTYGATE”!

  11. A few thoughts on Payton.
    He reminds me of Jeff Fischer but with a great QB.
    This is a guy crying yet he makes a choke sign to another teams player.
    Next year is his last year as a head coach watch.

  12. Talking about dirty hit Payton should be pointing fingers at himself. Matter of fact, NFL should’ve taken their trophy away. Karma Payton.

  13. The guy that says this:
    “Get over it, that was long time ago. People who live in the past will never accomplish anything.”

    Posts this 9 minutes later:

    codylaws says:
    Talking about dirty hit Payton should be pointing fingers at himself. Matter of fact, NFL should’ve taken their trophy away. Karma Payton.

    Hypocrite much?

  14. That’s Sean just keeping it classy, Dirk should’ve hit him with the ‘I don’t remember that” like Sean said after asked if he threw out the choking sign to Devanta Freeman a few weeks back. Keep it classy Aintz

  15. Congrats to the Saints. They have a good team and should do well in the playoffs. I’m sorry M. Evans & Jameis aren’t more mature, how they behaved in game 1 was embarrassing for all Bucs fans. Hopefully that will change.

    Fun Fact: No team that has been defeated by the Bucs has EVER gone on to win the Super Bowl in the same season! (Most recent; ATL. in 2016)

    Sleep tight Who Dat Nation.

  16. Tampa Bay is an amateur football team. They have no coach. They have no QB. They have no team. Filled with the worst kind of men.

  17. Foe all of these people taking jabs at Sean Payton, just remember they’d all love to have him as the head coach of their teams. And the bounty gate was proven to be false accusations by Goodell when Tagliabue tossed out the player suspensions for lack of evidence. Unfortunately, in spite of no evidence against him, Payton got a year’s suspension anyway. So yeah, he has a right to be a little mad. Especially when people still act like bounty gate really happened when in fact it was only the same pay for performance that every other team was doing.

  18. ackattack22 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 7:10 pm
    Sean, while you’re complaining about cheap shots by other teams, I’ve got one word for you “BOUNTYGATE”!

    ——————————————–

    The reason Payton and Williams are still in the league is because there was NO bounty to INTENTIONALLY hurt anyone. Yes, there was a bounty to deliver big hits (which EVERY defensive player wants to deliver) but NOT to intentionally hurt anyone. Folks also need to realize that at least two of the Saints were EXONERATED that had been found guilty by Goodell’s Kangaroo Court investigation. Former Commissioner Taglibue’s THOROUGH investigation could not substantiate most of Goodell’s “findings” about a bounty to INTENTIONALLY hurt anyone.

  19. there was no confrontation. the media just made something out of a few hard pats to the chest.

    the saints and rams are the best teams in the nfc and will prolly meet in the nfccg. the saints screwed up by losing to the bucs and blowing a shot at the 3rd seed

  20. Hahaha so many salty Vikings fans. That NFCCG loss still stings that bad eh? More than the missed 27 yd FG? Don’t worry, soon you’ll have a whole new gut-wrenching heartbreak to swallow

  21. —-1pavikingfan says:
    January 1, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    As head coach during the whole Bounty Gate fiasco, I’m surprised Sean is still allowed in the league, if the NFL takes player safety seriously.—-

    I love how all Vikings fans somehow think that the Saints are responsible for every bad thing that ever happened in the league.

    Know your history. The Vikings are every bit as guilty of having a bounty system, if not more so. But if you want to somehow blame some nebulous bounty system (which a million different teams were doing) for the Vikings having 12 men on the field, by all means, go ahead.

  22. goawayeverybody says:

    I love how all Vikings fans somehow think that the Saints are responsible for every bad thing that ever happened in the league.

    —-

    They think the Saints are guilty of institutionalized headhunting, proven by existing audio of a coach explicitly telling players to target concussions and injured ACLs of opposing players. This culture was so ingrained and accepted in their franchise that players felt safe publicly boasting about targeting injuries. None of this is even remotely disputable.

    And besides, if a “million different teams” are allegedly doing this, why again is Payton upset about a single, isolated incident? He of all people should know that allegedly all coaches always instruct their players to play dirty, right? See how that narrative doesn’t add up? Maybe, just maybe, other coaches take pride in instructing their players to play hard, but clean. Maybe, just maybe, Payton really is exactly the kind of smug and hypocritical [insert expletive] that he repeatedly appears to be.

  23. Congrats to the Saints. They have a good team and should do well in the playoffs. I’m sorry M. Evans & Jameis aren’t more mature, how they behaved in game 1 was embarrassing for all Bucs fans. Hopefully that will change.

    Fun Fact: No team that has been defeated by the Bucs has EVER gone on to win the Super Bowl in the same season! (Most recent; ATL. in 2016)

    Sleep tight Who Dat Nation.

    Wrong! The Saints lost to the Bucs in 2009 and won the Super Bowl!

  24. Maybe, just maybe, Payton really is exactly the kind of smug and hypocritical [insert expletive] that he repeatedly appears to be.
    =======================================
    Yep the trait of a good head coach (see Bill Belichick, Parcells etc.)

  25. bringbucsback says:
    January 1, 2018 at 10:02 pm
    Congrats to the Saints. They have a good team and should do well in the playoffs. I’m sorry M. Evans & Jameis aren’t more mature, how they behaved in game 1 was embarrassing for all Bucs fans. Hopefully that will change.

    Fun Fact: No team that has been defeated by the Bucs has EVER gone on to win the Super Bowl in the same season! (Most recent; ATL. in 2016)

    Sleep tight Who Dat Nation

    Thanks beingbucsback for the well wishes, we appreciate it. However, you are mistaken on your stats. In 2009, week 16, the Bucs beat the Saints in the Mercedes. Benz Superdome. That year we won Super Bowl XLIV.

    The WhoDatNation will surely sleep soundly tonight. Enjoy your off season.

  26. It’s kind of ironic that the only head coach to get suspended for overseeing a longstanding bounty program on his team is upset about a cheap-shot on one of his players.

  27. Look at all the hypocrisy. You people will sit there and dog Goodell claiming he is the most untrustworthy person ever, but magically believe every word he said about the bounty farce. It was proven that it was bogus, but you can’t fix stupid. Keep blaming a made up bounty system, while ignoring Favre throwing across his body for an int, or 12 men in the huddle, or AP fumbling four times. But yeah, it was the refs and a imaginary bounty that caused you not to lose to Peyton in the SuperBowl.

  28. Look at all the hypocrisy. You people will sit there and dog Goodell claiming he is the most untrustworthy person ever, but magically believe every word he said about the bounty farce. It was proven that it was bogus, but you can’t fix stupid. Keep blaming a made up bounty system, while ignoring Favre throwing across his body for an int, or 12 men in the huddle, or AP fumbling four times. But yeah, it was the refs and a imaginary bounty that caused you not to lose to Peyton in the SuperBowl.
    ======================================
    Couldn’t have said it better myself…

  29. Dirk Koetter is just like the rest of us, he could see the replay of the dirty hit, Belichick, called Gronk’s play bull, Dirk could have done the same, I don’t buy the “I didn’t see it” and Payton didn’t either.

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