Sean Payton waxes nostalgic about media ethics and Drew Brees

The Saints have done a pretty good job of blowing up their roster, trading away three guys including Jimmy Graham, and cutting other longtime fixtures such as Pierre Thomas and Curtis Lofton.

But coach Sean Payton said he could only laugh at some of the internet chatter this offseason which suggested they might be interested in turning it into a complete fire sale and trading quarterback Drew Brees.

For the sake of accuracy, no one actually reported that they were going to. But when players such as Graham start hitting the door, some took that as a sign that other shoes might be falling, and some corners of the Internet ran with it.

“We can’t control it,” Payton said of the rumors. “What do you do when there’s no truth to any of it? There’s not one iota [of truth]. So if someone’s written something like that, it’s either been taken out of context completely or just fabricated. I think we’re in an age where we’re seeing a lot of speculative reporting, as opposed to a story.

“And then if a fan’s reading it and they don’t understand, then, ‘Holy cow, I heard this is gonna happen.’ So that speculative, whatever you want to call it, reporting can’t affect us.

“There’s no truth to any of that. He’s a part of where we’re going.”

Payton said he didn’t bother going to players with such talk in an effort to do damage control.

“You just wad that up and throw it in the garbage, and hopefully it doesn’t come across your eyes again,” he said. “How do you react to it all? You’d go nuts.”

Likewise, Payton downplayed suggestions that he had problems on his hands with other players, such as when Keenan Lewis initially said he wanted his contract guaranteed or for the team to let him go, a problem that was resolved quickly.

“It’s part of the deal that always existed, but is just visible now,” Payton said. “He was up in my office two days later and that all went away.”

For a guy who has a huge rebuilding job in front of him — and who hasn’t always been a friend of the media — Payton was upbeat and positive.

Killing the “speculative reporting” can only make it easier.

25 responses to “Sean Payton waxes nostalgic about media ethics and Drew Brees

  1. Why not let the front office PR folks issue press releases? That’s what professional organizations in the NFL do.

  2. So, what he really meant was that Drew Brees is on the block for the right offer?

  3. Fact: Sean Payton’s waxing about how the sports media is largely speculative under-researched garbage today was the best thing said at that meeting this morning.

    2nd in line was chip kelly answering concerns about him not knowing how to make calls around the nfl cuz he is new at it by explaining it was tough cuz he didn’t know what the buttons on the phone did.

  4. Considering Brees counts for $26.4 million against the cap in 2015, it’s probably impossible to trade him.

  5. I took the Saints drastic offseason as a Payton-Brees agreement on cleaning house. Brees was never getting traded because he was in on all of it.

  6. On the block, or not… Drew will not see another contract from the Saints. He has maxed out his earnings vs. rewards, and they will draft a QB this year.

  7. Brees will show his age even more this year than he did last. So when Payton say’s he’s part of their future, he means the very near future. Sad to think that he will have to be cut after such a fine career but no team in their right mind would trade for an over the hill, diminutive QB with that ridiculous contract.

  8. Well, one thing is “fact.” The Saints and Drew Brees won’t have Jimmy Graham to throw to any longer.
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    How long did it take you to come up with that one?

  9. I don’t know why you wouldn’t at least listen to trades for Brees. You’ve decimated his supporting cast, he makes 26$M a year, and he’s 37.. If you can get a good package of picks/players, why not click the reboot button before things get truly
    Ugly when he retires?

  10. About time somebody called out the fake internet media for this crap. The problem is the people that spread these things aren’t really reporters, they’re crap bloggers. People are dumb enough to actually take the stuff they see on SB Nation and Bleacher Report as fact.

  11. “I think we’re in an age where we’re seeing a lot of speculative reporting, as opposed to a story.”

    you mean media writers create stories based on absolutely nothing? well I never!

  12. if this kind of pervasive make-stuff-up-itis is present in SPORTS news, you can imagine what it must be like in other news.

  13. Being that the 2009 Curse of Brett Favre is full bloom.. expect many bad things to happen to the Saints in the future. Voodoo is real.

  14. jfcol says:
    Mar 25, 2015 2:28 PM

    Brees will show his age even more this year than he did last. So when Payton say’s he’s part of their future, he means the very near future. Sad to think that he will have to be cut after such a fine career but no team in their right mind would trade for an over the hill, diminutive QB with that ridiculous contract.

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    Yeah, having the number one offense just doesn’t cut it nowadays….

    “Stupid Brees, leading the number one offense.” obviously he’s overpaid…

  15. ““There’s no truth to any of that. He’s a part of where we’re going.”
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    Most of us know where the saints are going and I suspect even Payton does even though he won’t admit it. Like a previous poster stated, it doesn’t make any sense to gut the team and keep a 37 yr old QB who’s contract is responsible for the fire sale. Reminds me of all the years the saints had one of the best QB’s in Archie Manning but nobody else and many of us remember how that went….time to get the bags out saint’s fans. When you couldn’t win the weakest division in the NFL last year with guys like Graham and Stills etc. how the hell do you plan to improve this year??

  16. Drew Brees has seen his best days. They happened several years ago. He’s not quite Peyton Manning, but nearly as washed up and equally responsible for the ails of his team, especially in the post season. The ‘aints are the ‘Aints again, and will be until they get rid of that greedy monster hogging all the cash. After gutting the entire roster, they are barely $2 mil under the cap. That’s laughable.

  17. Remind me to come laugh at this post when Saints have a great season. Which BTW, they will. Last season is the reason they are doing what they just did. Cleaning house works.

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