This time, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton wont be anywhere in reach of the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Hell be safely perched in his Superdome coaches box Sunday afternoon, calling offensive plays from a distance and recovering from the torn MCL and fractured tibia he sustained when the teams met three weeks ago in Tampa.
One minute, he was busy watching New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham catch a pass in the first quarter the next Graham was getting tackled into him amid a pile of bodies on the sidelines.
Payton did his best to shake off the injury, calling plays from the bench until intermission, but ultimately he was knocked out of the game on a day the Bucs knocked the Saints and star quarterback Drew Brees for a loop, 26-20.
Now comes Round Two, with the NFC South Division lead once again up for grabs, pitting the 5-3 Saints against the 4-3 Bucs. The thing that hurts Payton the most these days is the lingering pain from a 31-21 upset loss to the previously winless Rams last Sunda...