Sean Payton suggests he can’t explain leaving competition committee without getting fined

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Saints coach Sean Payton is one of three people who is no longer on the NFL’s competition committee as of this week, but he’s not saying why.

Asked about the competition committee today, Payton said it was the right time, and that he wouldn’t go into more details.

“I’ll leave it at that so I don’t get fined,” Payton said, via Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football.

Payton left the committee along with Packers president Mark Murphy and Broncos president of football operations John Elway. Newcomers on the committee are Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn, Colts coach Frank Reich, Titans coach Mike Vrabel and Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier.

27 responses to “Sean Payton suggests he can’t explain leaving competition committee without getting fined

  1. Hmmmmm. I wonder what could have happened recently to make 3 people leave the competition commitee……

  2. Did those teams recently get bs taunting calls? McKay is all in on enforcing taunting penalties, maybe they wanted him to back off on that?

  3. Maybe having a year suspension on your record for attempting to physically harm players might have led to this “diversity” move. Diversity as in, those who have NOT tried targeting players to end their careers.

  4. The 3 who are leaving are either tired of seeing Rodgers coddled (Payton and Elway) or tired of coddling him (Murphy).

  5. I see no common thread that links the three on one issue that I’m aware of. Payton I can guess at the other two I do t know how’s they would come at a given issue. This is a little inside i don’t know who refused to support the other or was there a faction pushing for one thing versus another and to the victors go the spoils. I’ll wait for the final tale I cannot solve the wheel of fortune puzzle with the letters I now have sorry.

  6. Could also be they were on the other end of some of Gruden’s emails which weren’t released and this is a preemptive move.

    All speculation. It will all come out sooner or later.

  7. May be worth the fine to get all the cards on the table. Better yet, get one of the other two no ex-members to spill the beans as they are not frequent nfl “bad boys”.

  8. Anyone know how often the NFL turns over competition committee members?
    This might just be routine….

  9. I’m thinking those who were removed were getting very vocal in private committee meetings about the extremely arbitrary taunting calls. It’s almost as though the league decided on a penalty that would purposely give the officials power over the outcome of games, and when one was called this past weekend that was obviously arbitrary and unwarranted, the explanation was laughable, thus likely bringing out anger on the part of these who were removed. The recent explanation of how the rule would be enforced, despite how the rule is written, could have a lot to do with these changes. Payton has been on this committee for years, so it had to be something big like this that the league doesn’t want to be made public.

  10. Change is good. Get some new blood in there. Some better ideas. I like it. It will be good for the league.

  11. cronos1973 says:

    Anyone know how often the NFL turns over competition committee members?
    This might just be routine….
    From the NFL Football Operations: The NFL commissioner selects the members of the Competition Committee, which currently consists of two owners, two club presidents, two general managers and three head coaches:

    Rich McKay (Chairman) – Atlanta
    Katie Blackburn – Cincinnati
    Chris Grier – Miami
    Stephen Jones – Dallas
    John Mara – NY Giants
    Ozzie Newsome – Baltimore
    Frank Reich – Indianapolis
    Ron Rivera – Washington
    Mike Tomlin – Pittsburgh
    Mike Vrabel – Tennessee

    Doesn’t mention how often they’re changed.

  12. cronos1973 says:
    November 12, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Anyone know how often the NFL turns over competition committee members?
    This might just be routine….


    Not during the season it wouldn’t be. And if that was the case, he wouldn’t be worried about a fine for explaining it.

  13. The fact that he basically said he was removed tells me that 3 guys did not mesh with the others on the committee and were told to shut their yaps or else.

  14. This is the so-called Rule Committee from the past. A bit strange that Payton, Elway & Murphy would all leave at the same time. It would be fun to find out why. Maybe the NFL can leak it like they did with Gruden. Stay tuned.

  15. I can’t speak about the other two departures, though other posters thoughts about the three being removed for being vocal about issues with the officiating are likely on point. As for Payton, while he has gotten more diplomatic over the years, he learned under Parcells about the need to be direct and blunt. Speculating here, but the targeting of Taysom Hill by William Jackson that led to Hill’s concussion (with no followup action by the NFL on Jackson), on top of the NFL referees blatant refusal to overturn blown pass interference calls during the one year experiment with challenges being allowed for PI calls (implemented after the NFC title game no-call) was probably the last straw for Payton – he likely spoke his mind and suffered the consequences

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