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Payton takes Brees off the hook for poor 2012

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08:01 AM ET 03.22 | Sean Payton didn't have the option of coaching Drew Brees through his passing woes this past season, which wasn't easy for the Saints coach. "I would be shouting it on the couch like, 'Hey, well you know. That might be something that I would be saying at that moment over the headset.' So yeah," a resigned Payton said during the NFL owners meetings this week. Payton knew Brees wasn't the same quarterback last season. ... But Payton pointed to two key factors as to why Brees didn't have a Brees-type year. ..." When you tell me a team is last in the league in defense and last in the running game, I'm telling you the quarterback's job description is entirely different."

The Times-Picayune

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March 22, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Well coach, it was the team you helped greatly to put together. Best not to say too much.

March 22, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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Well coach, it was the team you helped greatly to put together. Best not to say too much.

And I'm sure Payton's suspension had absolutley nothing to do with it, either.

March 22, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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And I'm sure Payton's suspension had absolutley nothing to do with it, either.

Sure, but payton and the writer start from a false premise. Brees had one of his BEST years. Look it up. He threw for over 5,000 yards and his TD/ INT ratio was better than the previous years with Payton around. He has been a turnover leader for years now.

Brees was never the problem. The defense was horrible and the reason the running game was so poor was because they were behind so much and had to pass the ball so much. They went 7-9. OK, well two years ago with Payton there they went 8-8.

March 22, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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Sure, but payton and the writer start from a false premise. Brees had one of his BEST years. Look it up. He threw for over 5,000 yards and his TD/ INT ratio was better than the previous years with Payton around. He has been a turnover leader for years now.Brees was never the problem. The defense was horrible and the reason the running game was so poor was because they were behind so much and had to pass the ball so much. They went 7-9. OK, well two years ago with Payton there they went 8-8.

That story came from the Times-Picayune. In a way, I'm surprised it didn't begin with a blanket condemnation of Roger Goodell.

March 22, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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That story came from the Times-Picayune. In a way, I'm surprised it didn't begin with a blanket condemnation of Roger Goodell.

I think they are still not happy. Mardi Gras should have lightened them up, guess not. Maybe living below sea level changes your thinking process? Like being a fish or something?

March 22, 2013  09:52 AM ET

They also lost a ProBowl lineman and a receiver but the record was an indication of how horrid the defense was.

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March 22, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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Good politics there.

Except no one was blaming Brees for the Saints record last year.

March 23, 2013  07:09 AM ET

You can bet Payton is talking differently in private. I bet he's lectured Brees on his 2012 miscues.

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March 25, 2013  08:40 AM ET

They will be fine this year, and back in contention...Payton and Brees will bring New Orleans back to life and they have something to prove this year and screw Goodell, he's and idiot anyway...

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