Sean Payton’s game plans help Saints win without Drew Brees

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The Saints have gotten a glimpse of an eventual future without Drew Brees. And it looks better than expected.

It looks better than expected because Teddy Bridgewater is becoming the guy he was supposed to be in 2016 (he told PFT on Sunday that his knee is better than it was before that devastating fluke of a non-contact injury), and because the Saints’ success since 2006 has had something to do with coach Sean Payton.

Payton already has entered the coach of the year conversation for his ability to take the Saints to wins over the Seahawks in Seattle and the Cowboys and Buccaneers at home, one after another after another. In that post-game conversation with PFT, Bridgewater praised Payton for understanding the positioning of all 22 players on the field and how to exploit the openings that necessarily exist in any defense. Against the Seahawks, who take away the deep ball, shorter passes were more effective, so that’s what they did. Against the Bucs, Bridgewater explained that Payton understood that the defense would be more aggressive, allowing the Saints to take some shots. Payton dialed up the right plays at the right time, and with the ability of Bridgewater and his teammates to execute the plays, it worked.

It needs to keep working, but maybe not for much longer. As PFT reported on Sunday, the current target for Brees’ return is Week Eight against the Cardinals. If Bridgewater and Payton can keep racking up wins, the Saints will be in great position to make another run deep into the playoffs.

And whenever the 2019 season ends, things could get very interesting. With both Brees and Bridgewater due to become free agents in 2020, the Saints may have to choose between them. Keep Brees, and someone else may offer Bridgewater a starting job. Keep Bridgewater, and risk seeing Brees finish his career elsewhere.

However it plays out, this problem falls squarely into the “good problem to have” category, especially since the architect of the offense and ultimate leader of the team recently signed a five-year extension.

14 responses to “Sean Payton’s game plans help Saints win without Drew Brees

  1. He is an incredibly talented coach. His team is, once again, stacked! The only thing that’s going to stop the Saints, are the Saints themselves…well, them and Bill Vinovich.

    WHO DAT!!

  2. What Sean Payton has done since the Rams game has been nothing short of impressive. If Brees comes back and returns to form – look out NFC

  3. terrystown says:
    October 7, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Watch Teddy go on to a nice career in NO as Vikings continue to wallow in QB hell. Not sure why they gave up on this guy…maybe he wanted out?
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    Coming off a 13-3 season, the Vikings couldn’t take a chance on Teddy coming back from that injury and making him the starter. They would have loved keeping him as a backup but he wanted the opportunity to start. In hindsight, I’m sure they wish they would have kept him instead of signing Cousins but it just didn’t make sense at the time.

  4. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:

    Coming off a 13-3 season, the Vikings couldn’t take a chance on Teddy coming back from that injury and making him the starter. They would have loved keeping him as a backup but he wanted the opportunity to start. In hindsight, I’m sure they wish they would have kept him instead of signing Cousins but it just didn’t make sense at the time.
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    I think your timelines are mixed up along with other misinformation. When the Vikings negotiated with Teddy they didn’t HAVE a quarterback for him to backup. They let Teddy walk because they were afraid he couldn’t play with that knee anymore. THAT was their risk and it turns out they were quite wrong. and it made plenty of sense to go with Teddy instead of Case or Kirk to all sorts of people other than the Vikings, and they were wrong. And with 2 more years of Kirk, 2020 free agent Teddy would not even be an option anymore

  5. Since 2006 Payton’s Saints have won 131 games, Won a Super Bowl, Averaged over 400 yds per games offense (Brees has thrown for over 35 miles and become the All-Time leader) …
    but Sean McVey, Cliff Kingsbury, Matt LeFluer and Andy Reed are the Offense Gurus?

  6. The crazy part is that Payton is in the minority in doing this. The majority of NFL coaches make ZERO adjustments when their backup enters the game even though the guy has limited practice and even when he has a totally different skillset from the starter. Guys are so in love with their system they can’t be bothered adapting to the players they have.

  7. I seem to recall a story last week where Pete Carroll was going to be coach of the year. If the Packers win next week will we read a similar story about Matt LaFleur.

  8. Couldn’t be happier for Teddy. I don’t care how bad it does or doesn’t make the Vikings look — I’m rooting for the guy.

  9. I initially thought the Saints were crazy to pay Teddy $7 Million to back up Drew Brees, seeing as we had Taysom Hill on the roster. I’m extremely glad Sean Payton and “Teddy two-gloves” proved me wrong. With wins @Seattle and home against Dallas and Tampa, along with good odds to win @ Jacksonville and home against Arizona, plus even odds to win @ Chicago, we could very well be 6-2 or 7-1 at the break, when Drew Brees returns. That makes me a BIG Teddy Bridgewater fan, who I now believe was worth every dollar of that $7 million.

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