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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:59:07 -0700
New Orleans Saints FB Erik Lorig (undisclosed) may miss the regular season opener due to an undisclosed injury. Saints coach Sean Payton did not indicate what was wrong with Lorig but said FBs Greg Jones and Austin Johnson are competing for the spot.
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:51:57 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was upset with TE Jimmy Graham earning two 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties in the team's preseason game for dunking the ball over the goal posts. Graham and Payton appeared to get into tense verbal sparring after the second penalty was called. Payton confirmed he was upset after the game. "Yes, I was," Payton said. "I'm very upset. Would you be upset? I was, particularly."
Thu, 29 May 2014 11:02:51 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said FS Jairus Byrd (back) underwent back surgery Thursday, May 29, and will return to the team in a week. Payton said the surgery did not need to be done, but the team wanted to get this cleared up now. Payton said Byrd will be ready to go for training camp.
Sat, 10 May 2014 14:25:44 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said S Vinnie Sunseri (knee) will be able to participate in organized team activities after undergoing knee surgery.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:01:16 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is attending the Louisiana State Pro Day Wednesday, April 9.
Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:24:30 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton wanted to set off the fire alarms at the Saints practice facility so the sprinklers would go off and the team could practice in rain conditions in preparation for their divisional round game against the Seattle Seahawks. Payton was talked out of that idea.
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 07:06:52 -0800
The New Orleans Saints are using patience as a part of their success, especially in close games. "I think patience is part of it," head coach Sean Payton said after the Saints won the turnover battle 1-0 in a 17-13 victory at Atlanta last Thursday night. "There's an old saying, 'It doesn't have to be aesthetically pleasing to be effective.' At times, that's just being smart."
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 09:29:39 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton praised TE Josh Hill Monday, Sept. 9, saying he played extremely well on special teams.
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:37:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he would lean toward sitting WR Marques Colston (foot) in the team's third preseason game, but nothing is set for sure.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:59:48 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he's unsure who will be calling the offensive plays for the team this year. Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael called the plays last year with Payton serving his year-long suspension. The offense under Carmichael put up 28.8 points per game, which was third highest in the league.
Fantasy Tip: Regardless of whether it's Payton or Carmichael calling the offensive shots, the Saints offense should be in good shape. The high-flying aerial attack led by Drew Brees is expected to continue, and they have enough options in the running game to keep defenses honest.
Fri, 31 May 2013 12:46:45 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton praised QB Ryan W. Griffin, saying he is not your typical first year quarterback. "It's noticeably different than maybe most first-year quarterbacks coming in and trying to pick things up right away," Payton said of Griffin's understanding of the offense. "You know, there's a lot of things that are familiar. That's a big plus for him."
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:46:07 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he will study the read-option offense this offseason, because the offense is not going away any time soon and several teams in the NFC are using it.
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:54:20 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he believes LB Jonathan Vilma, a prototypical 4-3 middle linebacker, can make the switch to the team's new 3-4 scheme under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Vilma is considered undersized to play middle linebacker in the 3-4; however, Payton can envision Vilma playing in a weakside linebacker spot with LB Curtis Lofton staying as a middle linebacker.
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 08:34:01 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced Saturday, Feb. 9, the team has hired Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator and Stan Kwan as assistant special teams coordinator. Payton said he was intrigued by Ryan's aggressiveness as a coordinator and the different looks his defenses can give to opponents. "In regards to Rob, we have experience in preparing and playing against his defenses and they've always been challenging in terms of the different looks and pressures that they feature," Payton said. "We've had the chance to visit with each other and talk about our visions for our team and I'm excited about moving forward as we prepare for the 2013 season. Rob is enthusiastic about joining our team and getting right to work."
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 05:42:25 -0800
The New Orleans Saints hope to conclude their search for a new defensive coordinator by Tuesday, Feb. 12, according to head coach Sean Payton; however, the team is having a difficult time receiving permission to interview position coaches around the league.
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:30:58 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed Wednesday, Feb. 6, in a radio interview that former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is a candidate to become the team's next defensive coordinator. There are other candidates, however, for the job. "We're going to bring in two to three candidates," Payton said. "I think we'll know in a week. Much was reported about Rob Ryan, and he's going to come in and interview here at the end of this week. We'll have, I'd say, at least between two and four candidates."
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:47:39 -0800
The New Orleans Saints will be moving to a 3-4 defensive alignment in 2013. "I personally want to thank Steve and Ken for their contributions during what was an unprecedented 2012 season," said head coach Sean Payton. "Philosophically we are changing our defense to a 3-4 alignment and right now is the best time to accomplish this transition."
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:34:08 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said there was no way he was going to another team while his contract situation was being worked out with New Orleans. "There was no way I was going to another team," Payton said in his first public statements since getting reinstated for his role in the bounty scandal. "The issue was a minor technicality. There was a minor clause, (the media) had it right, there was a minor clause in there that wasn't approved. What became more challenging really, was being out of the building and then trying to work through the specifics to get the contract done."
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:05:25 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said QB Drew Brees' performance this season was not affected by Payton's absence due to suspension.
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:02:08 -0800
The NFL has reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:31:57 -0800
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he does not have any meeting scheduled with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton to discuss Payton's reinstatement but does expect to talk with Payton in the near future.
Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:45:19 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton officially agreed to a five-year contract extension Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Sun, 06 Jan 2013 12:11:51 -0800
The New Orleans Saints are still working on the language in head coach Sean Payton's new contract but no setbacks are expected to happen before the deal becomes official. The two sides have agreed on the terms of the contract.
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 12:56:15 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been informed by the NFL that his suspension will end Sunday, Feb. 3. It is not known if Payton will have to undergo a reinstatement hearing before returning to work.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:47:21 -0800
The New Orleans Saints agreed to a five-year deal with suspended head coach Sean Payton Friday, Dec. 28, according to a league source. Financial terms of the extension weren't disclosed.
Fantasy Tip: Payton's return means status quo for all involved in Drew Brees' passing attack. The Saints have featured the running game more often with Payton exiled, but that approach may dwindle when things return to normal. Darren Sproles will remain the most trusted fantasy option from this backfield.
Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:06:06 -0800
Contract talks between the New Orleans Saints and head coach Sean Payton are reportedly moving slow. The best-case scenario was a quick resolution; however, it seems more clear now that Payton is weighing all his options.
Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:26:48 -0800
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said his office has communicated with suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton about his eventual reinstatement, and Goodell did not eliminate the possibility of Payton rejoining the organization prior to the Super Bowl. Payton, however, would like an adjustment on the suspension so it would end at the end of the regular season as opposed to after the Super Bowl, according to a source close to the head coach.
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:32:32 -0800
The New Orleans Saints could sue the NFL for millions of dollars if head coach Sean Payton leaves for Dallas or any other NFL team in the offseason.
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 05:50:47 -0800
Several New York Giants players think New Orleans Saints suspended head coach Sean Payton has been communicating with his team. A Saints spokesman declined to comment.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:27:41 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and his agent, Don Yee, are finalizing conditions that will allow the suspended head coach to work with the team on a contract extension.
Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:07:09 -0800
The New Orleans Saints have not started contract talks with head coach Sean Payton at this point but are expected to begin negotiations in the near future.
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:22:04 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton wants to keep his options open and doesn't want to make a decision on his contract in the immediate future.
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 06:42:51 -0800
Sources say the Dallas Cowboys, barring a total collapse, are unlikely to fire head coach Jason Garrett and hire New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. The total cost to pay Garrett and Payton would be around $50 million.
Wed, 07 Nov 2012 04:15:03 -0800
There is reportedly a real possibility New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton could join the Dallas Cowboys in 2013. Payton "loved coaching and living in Dallas" when he was with the organization, according to one person who worked for the Cowboys during that time. Payton's daughter and son live in the Dallas area as well. "I could see it happening," one team source said. "You know the relationship. Jerry really respects (Sean). To be honest, I think he was hoping that Jason would be what Sean is - the personality, the creativity. That's who he wanted with Jason, was another Sean."
Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:04:00 -0800
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was back on the job Tuesday, Nov. 6, after serving his eight-week suspension. He said that he has "absolute" confidence that the team and head coach Sean Payton will reach a contract agreement to keep Payton in New Orleans beyond this season. Sources indicated the two sides are waiting to resume talks until they receive specific written permission from the league to do so.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 09:58:07 -0800
The New Orleans Saints and suspended head coach Sean Payton are allowed to negotiate a contract extension right now despite the league's no-contact policy as a stipulation for Payton's season-long suspension connected to the bounty scandal, according to a source. Payton has said he plans on remaining with the team.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 07:22:03 -0800
If New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton does become a free agent in the offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles could be one of the teams to pursue him if head coach Andy Reid is relieved of his duties. Payton coached quarterbacks in Philadelphia in 1997 and 1998, and owner Jeffrey Lurie would try hard to get him, particularly with the Dallas Cowboys reportedly interested.
Sun, 04 Nov 2012 07:11:01 -0800
There is already speculation the Dallas Cowboys could make a run at New Orleans Saints suspended head coach Sean Payton after this season because he is without a contract. Payton was an assistant head coach from 2003 to 2005 with the Cowboys.
Sun, 04 Nov 2012 07:10:22 -0800
The NFL has voided the contract extension the New Orleans Saints gave head coach Sean Payton in September 2011. Payton is now without a contract following this season, which has created questions about how long he will remain with the Saints. He'll likely become the league's most sought-after coach following the season. Some believe his strong relationship with team owner Tom Benson will be enough to keep him with the Saints.
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:45:19 -0700
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson may ask the NFL to reduce head coach Sean Payton's season-long suspension for his role in the bounty gate scandal, if Paul Tagliabue reduces player suspensions on appeal this week.
Fri, 05 Oct 2012 09:15:40 -0700
New Orleans Saints suspended head coach Sean Payton will attend the team's game against the San Diego Chargers in Week 5, but general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt will not be present.
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:53:39 -0700
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees requested that suspended head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and linebackers coach Joe Vitt be allowed to attend the Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers, as he attempts to break the NFL record with a touchdown pass in 48 consecutive games. The NFL granted permission for the suspended coaches to attend, according to a source. "Commissioner (Roger) Goodell has granted that permission. Coaches Payton and Vitt and Mickey Loomis will be permitted to watch the game in a private area of the stadium and will have no contact with the team," the NFL said Wednesday, Oct. 3, in a statement.
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 08:03:54 -0700
New Orleans Saints suspended head coach Sean Payton said he expects the team to do well without him this season. "I think this program, we've worked hard on it, really invested a lot of time. Coaches, everyone in that organization. We've overcome a lot of challenges in the past. I'm excited to watch them play," Payton said.
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 05:36:43 -0700
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees discussed Tuesday, July 24, his expectation that his team would rise to meet its own unusual set of challenges, which include being without suspended head coach Sean Payton for the entire season. "I'm excited about the unknown because in a lot of ways, we don't necessarily know what to expect," Brees said. "With all this stuff swirling around us, in the end, all we can worry about is what we can control ... I know the type of guys we have. I know the coaches we have. I'm excited to watch it all come together."
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:55:35 -0700
The NFL's evidence against the suspended New Orleans Saints coaches, players and former players included emails that Sean Payton's close friend and confidant, Mike Ornstein, sent from prison, offering up bounties for hits. However, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation, Ornstein insisted his emails were jokes, and he unsuccessfully attempted to convince commissioner Roger Goodell of this during their conversations. Ornstein reportedly gave the NFL and the NFL Players Association a text that he said came from former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, saying, "I stood up for you and told them just that. I told them we never took that (stuff) serious. I never ever saw you ever give money and that's just the truth."
Tue, 17 Apr 2012 08:22:16 -0700
Suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton cannot have contact with anyone on the team or in the NFL during his season-long suspension.
Sat, 14 Apr 2012 05:52:08 -0700
New Orleans Saints franchise free-agent QB Drew Brees said Joe Vitt is "the obvious choice" to take over as interim head coach for the team while head coach Sean Payton spends the entire 2012 season serving a suspension for his role in the club's bounty system. "Joe Vitt is one of the most respected coaches I have ever been around," Brees said. "His ability to lead this team in an uncertain time throughout this offseason and for whatever term we have him during the regular season is undeniable in our locker room."
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:30:38 -0700
Updating a previous item, former NFL head coach Bill Parcells said Wednesday, April 11, that he talked to suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis about the team's interim opening for 2012 but he's enjoying his life away from the sidelines and will stay retired. "I've been out quite a while now. I have another life. I'm very happy with that," Parcells said.
Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:47:25 -0700
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, head coach Sean Payton and linebackers coach Joe Vitt will not be able to contact players or coaches during their suspensions and will not be allowed to visit the team's facility either.
Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:14:19 -0700
The NFL has upheld the one-year suspension given to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for his involvement in the team's bounty program after hearing his appeal. His suspension will begin Monday, April 16.