Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the 49ers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton Not Thrilled With Saints Stereotypes

The New Orleans Saints are not a bad  road team. Far from it. But the fact the Saints are an elite team at home creates the perception they suffer on the road.

Head coach Sean Payton is not too happy with that stereotype.  Terry Blount and Mike Triplett of ESPN have the quote:

“I think it’s a typical stereotype with a dome team,” said Payton, who knows the topic will come up often this week as the Saints prepare for a Monday night road game in chilly weather against the Seahawks. “Someone needs to do a little research on it so that we don’t spend time answering dumb questions.”

We’re inclined to agree with Payton. Of course the Saints will struggle in Seattle—what team doesn’t? The Seahawks have not lost at home since December of 2011.

The Saints have a major opportunity to break the stereotype with a win against the Seahawks. Break the streak? Stereotype goes away. Then we won’t have silly media questions about the Saints struggles on the road.


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  • CajunPatriot

    Payton is correct. Silly and erroneous stereotypes based on false perceptions and lack of research and a reality check. Nothing a win at Seattle won’t cure? That may be true. Or maybe the lazy reporters will continue to abide by the inaccurate stereotype even after the Saints beat the ratbirds. This is sad. Reporters used to investigate before they came into interviews and press conferences where they would interview a coach or owner. They would ask informed questions, not stupid ones. But sports reporters are not alone. News reporters do the same lazy things nowadays. This is not what journalism is supposed to be about. Maybe that is what “yellow journalism” was known for, but not legitimate journalism.

    • tap

      totally agree,,,good post