As the New Orleans Saints season comes to an end, we have to pay tribute to our head coach Sean Payton who carried through with good football coaching many years for the team next door to our hometowns of Luling, Destrehan, etc., etc.
Yes, we’re praising the Saints though they are just wrapping up their third season in a row with a less than spectacular record of seven wins and nine losses.
But during that time, the team has given us much to cheer about.
After rumors that Payton was interested in joining the Los Angeles Rams, when asked what he planned to do next year by announcer Bobby Hebert at the Saints last game Sunday,Payton replied very uprightly that he intends to return to the New Orleans Saints for the 2017 season and beyond. “Shoot, I’ve got four years here on a contract and I plan on honoring that.”
Those are strong words from a coach who seldom fails to say what he thinks. And, he added that he is focused on shifting from end of the 2016 season into the process of building the Saints roster for 2017 and beyond.
We would say that is looking ahead to the future. “We start on evaluations this week. And that’s what I’m doing,” he continued.
In Sunday’s game with Atlanta, the Saints started off slow but as the game moved on they became better. And if there had been more time at the end, it is possible the Saints could have won it, even in Atlanta.
Reports claimed that Payton and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis met for an hour following the game Sunday which they usually do after each game. This led to the suspicion that they were discussing the future of the coach but Payton denies it.
He said they mainly have a Gatorade and a cheeseburger and go over the accuracy of the refereeing calls as games end.
Let us not forget that it was only six years ago when the Saints emerged with a Super Bowl win. And the Saints playing has been relatively impressive on the field even at games away from their home base such as the one Sunday in Atlanta.
So let us continue with our coach who our fans like very much, and let him move into the winning fields in the seasons ahead which we feel likely Coach Sean Payton will do. And let’s give him time to add to our Super Bowl victories.
We feel that the Saints, under Coach Payton, can do it.