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Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:29:21 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton gave play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael for Week 1. Payton did say that the move is a "week-to-week thing" and that he would still be involved in a handful of calls.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:06:25 -0700
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller was a healthy scratch in Week 1, according to head coach Sean Payton, who also stated RB Travaris Cadet was going to have a bigger role on offense and rookie Daniel Lasco was going to contribute more on special teams.
Fantasy Tip: The hope Spiller owners had following the Saints' encouraging use of him in the third preseason game appears to have been for naught. Tim Hightower operated as Mark Ingram's direct backup like he did last season, while Cadet had four touches - including three catches for 14 yards and a score - in what was expected to be Spiller's role. With Cadet and Lasco almost certainly locked into their roles, it is quite likely Spiller will be a healthy scratch most of the season and could be cut in the offseason.
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:39:15 -0700
Updating an earlier report, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton's five-year deal is worth slightly more than $45 million, according to a source. He was making $8.5 million per season.
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 05:50:18 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced he agreed to a five-year extension with the Saints Wednesday, March 23, that goes through the 2020 season.
Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:10:35 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he is close to finalizing a new contract with the Saints. Payton added that he sees himself staying with New Orleans for at least the next four or five years.
Fantasy Tip: Rumors about Payton staying or going have been going on for a while now, especially after the 2015 season. Those rumors can be put to rest once Payton signs his imminent new deal. He's regarded as one of the best offensive minds in the game, and as long as he and Drew Brees are on the same team, Brees will be a QB1.
Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:48:15 -0800
New Orleans head coach Sean Payton will remain with the team in 2016.
Fantasy Tip: It's big news for the offense, but he can't suit up and catch passes or run the football. QB Drew Brees is aging, and his shoulder was an issue this year. He needs weapons around him. His fantasy stock as an upper-middle QB has little upside until that happens.
Wed, 06 Jan 2016 10:31:06 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will be recruited to stay by general manager Mickey Loomis, or the team will try to drive up the price to acquire him.
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:49:38 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has privately discussed his interest in an opening with the San Diego Chargers, and he's also let it be known that he's interested in the San Francisco 49ers head coaching opening.
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 09:20:46 -0800
The San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles are expected to explore the possibility of adding New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton as their next head coach if the Saints make him available, according to sources. Payton and the Saints met Monday, Jan. 4, to discuss his future and are expected to meet again Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:04:55 -0800
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton didn't have discussions with the Indianapolis Colts before the Colts re-signed head coach Chuck Pagano, according to NFL insider Jason La Canfora.
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 06:48:41 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was involved in discussions with the Indianapolis Colts before they re-signed head coach Chuck Pagano, according to sources.
Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:40:26 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will command a second-round pick by the team for another team to hire him, according to sources.
Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:07:52 -0800
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he doesn't see any scenario where he or head coach Sean Payton aren't back with the team next season. Brees has a $30 million salary cap figure next season. If the Saints were to trade or release Brees, they would have to do it by Feb. 10, when $10.85 million of his salary becomes fully guaranteed.
Fantasy Tip: Brees has fallen out of the elite QB1 category, but he can still be among that second or third tier if he has weapons added in the offseason around him.
Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:29:27 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he intends to coach the Saints long past this season. "This is where I call home," Payton said. "I just finished building a home here. I'm close enough to my son back in Dallas where I'm pretty much back there once a week or he's over here; my daughter is off in college now. So, I see myself coaching this team long past this season."
Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:14:30 -0800
The New Orleans Saints defense under head coach Sean Payton has allowed 39 total touchdowns this year after allowing three more in Week 15's loss to the Detroit Lions. The 39 touchdowns allowed if the most since the 1970 merger.
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:26:09 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton seems to have a "steadily increasing possibility" that he and some front-office executives will depart the franchise in the offseason due to owner Tom Benson's legal battle and the NFL keeping close tabs on a potential ownership change, a league source told Yahoo Sports. "Sean has some outs in his deal," a source said. "If there is an ownership change, he has an out. He has some other outs, too. There would be a lot of interest in him - maybe four or five other teams would be interested. I don't think he's thinking about it right now. He's not pursuing anything. I think he wants to see what happens like everyone else. But considering everything, if I put a percentage on whether he'd be the Saints coach next year, I'd say (it's) 50-50."
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:04:00 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he doesn't have any interest in leaving the Saints after a report surfaced Sunday, Oct. 11, that multiple teams, including the Miami Dolphins, are expected to ask about his availability at the end of this year. "I'll say what I've said before: This is where I see myself. And I've said that now for however many years," said Payton, who is in his 10th year as coach of the Saints with two years left on his contract.
Sat, 02 May 2015 01:53:39 -0700
LSU OT La'el Collins may be drafted by the New Orleans during the fourth round or lower on Saturday, May 2. Saints coach Sean Payton said the team would not take Collins off its draft board even though Collins said he would not sign if drafted on Saturday.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:46:15 -0700
Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) visited the New Orleans Saints this week, but Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters there have been no contract talks with Spencer.
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:18:38 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said the only coaching job he's interested in is the one he has now. This was in regards to speculation that he might leave for the head coaching position at the University of Michigan.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:34:41 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said there is no chance he is leaving the team after this season.
Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:02:35 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan allegedly strongly dislike one another, and change is expected at the end of the season.
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.