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Sean Payton Forced To Carry The Blame For Saints Fiasco


Aug 8, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome. The Saints defeated the Rams 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Holder did the situation justice in his article while my friend Gregg Doyle focussed entirely on Jimmy Graham. Was that fair? From the standpoint of leadership it certainly was, for the rookies are expected to emulate the highest paid tight end in the history of the NFL.

You know all the quotes already, like Sean’s opening quote about how “painful the game was to watch”, but I came away from Payton’s interview with a different take – it was Sean Payton’s interview that was painful to watch. I’ve seen some NFL coaches that deserved to be embarrassed in my day, but Sean isn’t one of them.

You might think Payton was embarrassed to face the media and you would be right, but it went deeper than that. He knew his boss Mickey Loomis was going to have some hard questions for him after the game. What about the New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson? Perhaps he had already had to face him on the field, but there was still Rita Benson to contend with.

The Saints team twitter site was caught in the middle. Doug Tatum felt compelled to ‘put on a happy face’ and tweet this at the fans:

However there were three times as many that looked like this:

You’ll no doubt recall these words written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer:
“Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville – “

Nor will there be any on the Saints practice field Sunday.
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Mac Gyver is a free-lance sports journalist, the owner of the SaintsTailgate Forum and its Saints News outlet.