New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton plans on lying low during his year-long suspension, but he did take the time out to do an interview with Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Payton admitted it’s hard staying away from the Saints organization.
“Listen, it’s hard to do. And we’re in a much different position than the players, in regards to players having a union. I think ultimately our goal is to get reinstated at the right time. Yeah, it’s frustrating at times to sit back and hear a lot of things that have been painted in a certain way that you know aren’t true. But that being said, I support every one of those guys and pay close attention to what’s going on with Jon and the rest of those players and Mickey (Loomis) and Joe (Vitt) and everyone.”
Payton admits he should have paid closer attention to what was going on with his team.
“When you’re the head coach, you’ve got to pay attention to all areas of your football team. I’m going to leave it just at that. And I think right now the bigger picture is what’s in front of us — I say us, I mean our team, and not so much what’s behind us. Certainly you learn from mistakes and certainly you learn from what’s happened. There’s a lot that went into this, and I think fortunately there’s a lot more that’s come out after the fact and I think will continue to surface.”
Payton says he’s been paying close attention to what’s been going on in the NFL as well as the Saints.
“There’s so many avenues now between all the different networks. I really try to stay on top of the news and transactions, especially paying close attention to our team. And I’ve taken out a few pads and papers, making notes. You obviously get a much different perspective watching games on TV and film than being on the sideline and actually being in them. When you step away, you can see things you might not have seen otherwise from sideline.”
Payton says he’s ready to root on the Saints this season.
“No, I’m going to be on the edge of my chair rooting for them every game. This is our team. Not any individual. A group of people have worked very hard together to have success. We’ve always preached about eliminating the ‘Is’ and ‘mes’ and creating a team element to the sport. Coaches, offensive line, defensive line, the whole building. Everyone’s got a part in it.”
Payton is a heck of a coach and I certainly hope he’s learned a lot from this experience.