Sean Payton explains why Alvin Kamara played fewest snaps of the season

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October 15, 2019 - 7:29 pm

by Tim Zimmer 

The Saints picked up their second win on the road this past Sunday when they defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-6.  Saints head coach Sean Payton talked about his team’s hard fought victory during the Saints Coaches Show Monday night.

The Saints defense was able to shutout the Jaguars in the 4th quarter.  So far this season the Saints have outscored only two opponents in the 4th quarter.  Coach Sean Payton talked about playing in games that come down to the wire.

“I think its field position, its turnovers.  It’s all the things we preach. I thought defensively we got off the field on 3rd down exceptionally well.  I thought we played a lot of that game on their side of the field, so when a mistake is made it’s magnified,” said Coach Payton.  “Each one of these games can unfold differently.  I do think there are certain things that winning teams do.  Hopefully, we can continue to do those things while continuing to improve.”

Coach Payton says the influence of former NFL coach Bill Parcells has given him the understanding about how to finish games…particularly in games like the matchup with the Jaguars. “You play in games and sometimes things unfold.  Bill Parcells was real smart and he understood that you may play in a real low scoring game.  He always talked about…it doesn’t have to be aesthetically pleasing,” explained Payton.  “A lot of those things we talked about entering that game took place.  It took a while offensively to get going and we’re going to have to improve in that area.  I was encouraged on how we protected the football and encouraged how our players handled that specific game.”

One of the big keys to the game was containing Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette.  The former LSU Tiger finished the game with 72 yards rushing on 20 carries. 

“I thought we did a good job at containing Leonard,” concluded Payton.  “He’s going to have his plays.  I thought Dennis Allen and the staff did a good job at forcing Minshew to stay in the pocket and not allow plays outside the pocket where he can extend.”

Two players Coach Payton focused on was the play of running back Latavius Murray and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.  Murray got a season-high eight carries along with 35 yards on three receptions.  With Kamara’s health in question, Coach Payton thinks Murray is the type of back to carry the team. 

“Latavius is a slash-outside zone runner.  We saw some good carries from him. Late in the game he had a reception on a screen play, and I just think you need that.  I think the two of them compliment them really well.”

Bridgewater wasn’t anywhere near as textbook against Jacksonville as he was against Tampa Bay.  Teddy finished with a clean game of zero interceptions and one touchdown pass.  Good enough to get the win. 

“There are a few plays, when you look at the tape, where Teddy will say…I know I can be better than that,” explained Coach Payton. “But that’s what you want in your players that really want to improve and that aren’t thin skinned, when it comes to directions.  The thing I enjoy most about coaching this team is these guys are eager to improve and they all want to play for each other.”

The Saints will travel again Sunday to Chicago to face the Bears.  Chicago is coming off a bye week, but before that, a loss to the Oakland Raiders in London. Kickoff is 3:25pm in Solider Field. 

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