Dec 18, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches as his team plays the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Saints win 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
During an NFL forum on Tuesday, Saints suspended head coach Sean Payton insists that the team would “turn this thing around.”
The meeting was held at the PWC SMU Athletic Forum in Dallas, Texas. Payton replied to multiple questions saying,
"“I do think that they’ll turn this thing around, and I think that they’ve got the right people in that locker room, the right assistant coaches. Granted it’s a tough challenge, but I just know how that team is made up, and i know how we put together the parameters of what we look for in character and toughness and intelligence, and I think it’s the one thing, that foundation, that gives them a chance. And without that it would be much more difficult.”"
What Payton is referring to is the team’s 0-4 start from 2007, followed by the Saints winning four games in a row to get the team back to .500.
Payton also admits that when he was first suspended he was upset and “bitter”. Looking at things now, he’s actually happy to spend more time with his family. He practice’s twice a week with his son and is actually able to attend his games every Saturday.
"“The time I’m able to spend with my son and daughter has been invaluable.”"
Let’s hope the coach is right in a time of much needed optimism.