Sean Payton on benching Charles Brown: I saw enough

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The Saints offensive line had a dreadful day against the Rams on Sunday as they struggled to keep Rams pass rushers from getting to Drew Brees without committing penalties that wound up driving the offense backward at the same rate.

Left tackle Charles Brown topped the list of culprits for that performance. Rams defensive end Robert Quinn sacked Brees twice, forced a fumble and provided pressure that led to an interception on the first Saints play of the game while Brown was flagged for two penalties, one of which wiped out a touchdown New Orleans could have used in a 27-16 loss. Brown was eventually taken out of the game, a decision that coach Sean Payton explained in straightforward fashion after the loss.

“I saw enough,” Payton said, via “I saw enough, period. It was enough penalties, pressures, sacks. It was enough. At some point you can’t just keep watching it. Feelings get hurt, it is tough.”

Good grief!

Payton wouldn’t say whether this was a permanent switch. Brown had done a solid job this season, but Sunday was a nightmare on the level of having the ball pulled away just before you try to kick a field goal.

Brown had called the team’s 2011 trip to St. Louis, a loss that saw Brown give up two sacks and get hurt, the worst game of his NFL career. If the Saints are scheduled there again next season, it might be a good idea for Brown to be something else.

20 responses to “Sean Payton on benching Charles Brown: I saw enough

  1. Where’s Bushrod? Oh, yeah. He’s in Chicago. Had to pay Drew. The offensive line was very offensive.

  2. Brown was having a solid season? I’m not sure what Brown you were watching all year, but he has not been what I would call solid…

  3. Now if we can get Sean to feel the same way about our center DeLaPushover and Garrett ”Kid Miss Em”’ Hartley. While we are at it, my man Curtis Lofton couldn’t cover a bed. Ugh!!! They better get it together and fast…..

  4. How this kid still has a job is beyond me? Apler says he’s done a solid job this year but I guess he is watching different Saints games than the rest of us. This guy is always getting penalties for hands to the face or holding. It’s obvious if he has to hold on almost every play he’s not cut out to either play the tackle position or even play in the league. Maybe we should try moving Evans out to LT and put this plug in at Guard, if he doesn’t work then cut him.

  5. “Charlie Brown, He’s A Clown. Charlie Brown”. Also, The Mighty Quinn is a beast at defensive end.

  6. Amazed it took this long. I remember watching the game vs the Cowboys and he was getting consistently beat by a hobbled Demarcus Ware who ended up a step or two away from Brees several times.

    Of course, the last time the Saints lost at St. Louis in Week 8 of 2011, Brees got sacked like 6 times, the O-Line got together and said “that can’t happen again” and then they ended up not losing another game until the Divisional round at the 49ers and broke about a million offensive records. Maybe this will be another wake-up call.

  7. Maybe Payton should look in the mirror.

    How about getting the running game going to slow down a pass rush.

    Saints don’t stand a chance on the road in the playoffs without a credible running attack, and that is on the HC.

  8. I’m a Rams fan so haven’t seen Brown play much but Robert Quinn has 15 sacks on the year and has abused many a LT’s so Saints fans shouldn’t feel too bad.

  9. Let’s just call it what it is. Charles Brown just isn’t that good. I understand that Quinn is a great pass rusher, but this isn’t just this week that he has struggled. The guy is good for at least one hold and one hands to the face penalty. He struggles against players that have more than one move. Weighing in at 297 he gets pushed around with the bull rush. His athleticism allows him to hang with speed rushers. But when they have the ability to switch from speed to power then Charles Brown is on skates. I’d like to see them give Armstead a chance…can’t be much worse can he??

  10. I wasn’t surprised the Rams beat the Saints- the Saints drop back a little to much, and the Long-Quinn tandem is terrifying. Even Russell Wilson took a pounding from them (although the Seahawks were missing their starting tackles at the time) and barely escaped with a win. Because of that pass rush, the Rams have almost always been competitive at home this year, even with Clemens at QB. Unfortunately, they play in the toughest division in football, and happen to be the 4th best team in that division. Imagine what they would do in the NFC East with a better QB than Bradford.

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