Posted March 20, 2013 on
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Sean Payton is trying to guard against anyone in the New Orleans Saints' organization thinking the team will return to its playoff form of recent seasons just because he's back.
''That's a dangerous mindset for a team to have. That's not real,'' Payton said when NFL coaches met with reporters Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings. ''We could turn around and win five games.''
Payton returned to work a little over two months ago following a full-season suspension - which lasted about nine months - in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints.
Since then, he's made several substantial changes, most notably firing defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and hiring Rob Ryan to not only replace him, but to overhaul the defensive scheme from a 4-3 alignment to a 3-4.
Payton also has hired several new assistants and taken part in key personnel decisions, including ones that brought in cornerback Keenan Lewis in free...
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I don't have much for you today so I suggest you head over to NOLA.com and check out Larry Holder's piece on the interview with Sean Payton yesterday. Nice to hear a little bit from coach! Full steam ahead.
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Another one to visit is Victor Butler, the free agent linebacker according to the Times-Picayune:
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