What Happened To The Once Most Unpredictable and Aggressive Coaches in The NFL?
Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton against the New York Giants during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Giants 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Since Payton was suspended for the 2012 season for bounty gate him and the Saints offense just doesn’t seem the same. Even in 2013, the Saints most successful season since his suspension, he just didn’t seem the same.
The guy who came out from halftime in the Super Bowl and did one of the ballsiest things he could have possibly done, and ran a surprise onside kick, just doesn’t seem to be here anymore.
We have seen glimpses of that guy, the Colts game this year, against Green Bay last year, so I know he is still in there. He just doesn’t seem to be there every week.
I want to see plays along the line of Brees throwing 40 yards downfield to Cooks in the shadow of his own end zone EVERY week. I do not want to see us punting on 4th down, down 7 with only 3 minutes left in the ball game.
So what happened to Payton? Nobody really knows, but I have a theory.
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I think the year he was suspended and watching from his own home, he saw something. I am not sure what it was that he saw exactly, but he saw something that made him become more of a conventional and predictable coach.
Maybe its that he’s just tired of coaching the Saints and isn’t interested enough to be unpredictable and come up with unstoppable game plans.
Our Editor and Columnist here at the Big Easy Believer, Barry Hirstius; suggested in his article yesterday that perhaps Sean Payton is “burned out” — not on coaching the sport of football, but on being in New Orleans and with the Saints for the last 10 years.
We can debate all night whether Barry is actually on to something; or if he’s just wildly speculating, at best.
Either way, clearly something is not quite right with Payton.
Maybe — just maybe — there’s nothing “wrong” with Sean Payton at all.
Maybe we have been spoiled by 3 division championships, 2 NFC Championship games, and a Super Bowl title during an unprecedented Era of success.
Maybe it’s our expectations for the Saints to continue winning double-digit games, in spite of a roster that’s clearly in “rebuild” mode with a mixture of aging veterans (some clearly past their prime) and a handful of rookies, to be a Playoff contender; that is where the fault truly lies.
Regardless of how you choose to look at it, we may not ever really know what happened to our beloved coach.
But I just want the REAL Sean Payton to please stand up….