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Sean Payton discusses New Orleans Saints season, future

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appeared on NBC’s Pro Football Talk Live with Mike Florio today to discuss several things related to the team, including the horrid 7-9 season, and looking towards the future.

A lack of leadership at key positions was the prevailing theme when looking at the woes of 2014.

"“I think we struggled with some leadership positions. I think, overall, there was a big change when guys like Will Smith. John Vilma, Jabari Greer, Malcolm Jenkins, Roman Harper, those are a number of players — Darren Sproles — in one offseason leave. I think losing that experience and leadership hurt us some.”"

When asked about Drew Brees’ contract situation, Payton said, “I don’t think that’s something that’s going to be happening anytime soon or something that he or his agent have talked to Mickey [Loomis] about.”

The largest needs, in the eyes of Coach Payton, are cornerback, offensive line, and ‘possibly’ a pass rusher. That’s the specific order Payton said, at least.

It’s good to hear Sean Payton talk about things from last season, and not ignore it like an elephant in the room. The Saints were among the top of the chart in terms of disappointment in 2014, and change is the only way that the team will change their course of misfortune.

Coaching additions are one thing, free agency is another, and the draft tends to be the ‘final piece’. However, it all means nothing if this unit can’t pull together and deliver.

You can hear the full segment here.

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