Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints fell 23-21 to the Tennessee Titans and it came down to a two-point conversion to tie the game and have a shot at winning it. Well, the team didn’t come through, thanks to an Adam Trautman false start that backed the Saints up and put them in an even more difficult spot.
Saints fans are all too familiar with Trautman’s struggles since he entered the league last year. New Orleans spent a third-round pick on the Dayton product expecting him to be that same guy who had over 900 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior in 2019.
Well, he’s been anything but.
Not only has Trautman been ineffective as a pass-catcher but he keeps making dumb mental mistakes too. The aforementioned Trautman false start very well could have cost New Orleans this win — a win they desperately needed — and Sean Payton was not happy about it.
Sean Payton is all of Saints nation after yelling at Adam Trautman
Per Luke Johnson’s tweet above, Payton was steaming mad when Trautman came off the field following the penalty. He mentions that, per what he could detect in the lip-reading department, Payton yelled some not-so-nice words at his tight end. Some well-deserved, not-so-nice words might I add.
This isn’t the first time Trautman has cost his team points or potential points. In the Week 4 loss to the Giants — who were winless at the time — Trautman had a brutal holding penalty that negated a Jameis Winston to Kenny Stills touchdown. The Saints went on to lose that game and Trautman played a factor as to why.
I’ve been hard on Trautman all season but can anyone tell me he doesn’t deserve the criticism? If he’s not making an impact as a pass-catcher, then he needs to be a better blocker and make better decisions. He’s not doing either.
I’m done with the Adam Trautman experiment and hopefully, after this game, so is Sean Payton.