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Coach Sean Payton is proud of the progression and unselfishness of his Saints team

Kristian Garic
December 10, 2018 - 11:53 pm
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The Saints are sitting pretty at 11-2 with three games remaining in the regular season.  The Black & Gold have already advance to post season play as NFC South Champions, and are currently in control of the NFC’s number one seed in the playoffs, gaining home field advantage. Saints head coach Sean Payton really likes the makeup of his team.  “I’ve enjoyed watching the progression of this team, and the unselfishness from the offense, defense and special teams,” said Coach Payton. “Reaching our goals, winning our division, achieving the best playoff seed possible, and all of that is in front of us,” said Payton. 

All things are possible for this New Orleans Saints team…the number one seed in the NFC, Super Bowl contender and potential Super Bowl champions…all of it!  First things first; the Saints have to win three more games.  Two are against the sputtering Carolina Panthers, who have lost five straight games; the other against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Coach Payton took some time to breakdown the Saints win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Defensively we did a good job on third down in the second half,” said Payton.  “Taysom Hill’s blocked punt changed the game.  The block he made was on a return, not even a block per say.  The momentum completely shifted in the fourth quarter off that block,” admitted Coach Payton.  The Saints scored 25 un-answered points to win the game 28-14 and clinch the NFC South.

In the win over Tampa Bay, running back Mark Ingram put the exclamation point on the victory in the fourth quarter with a physical 17 yard touchdown run.  That put the game on ice.  “That was a stamp for our offensive line, and defensive line,” continued Coach Payton. “For him to be able to put a physical run to it, there is an energy that goes into your team,” Payton said.  Coach Payton even acknowledged he probably should have called for more of those physical style running plays a little earlier in the ball game.

Everybody’s looking in the mirror.  That’s what winning teams do. 

Listen to another WWL exclusive, the Saints Coaches Show - head coach Sean Payton interviewed by Bobby Hebert and Zach Strief.

 

 

 

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