Chat with Sean Payton
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM ETSean Payton
Super Bowl-winning coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints took some time from his work at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to join us for a live chat on Monday, March 1.
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsHey NFL Nation. It's been a busy week in Indianapolis here at the combine. We appreciate all the Who Dat support the last few weeks and it's a pleasure ti chat. Let's roll...
4:00 PM ETGO SAINTS what was the first thing that went though your head when you saw tracy porter ran that interception for a touchdown?
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsHi Sam. I think all of us at that point in the game understood what a 14-point lead meant. and when you face a QB like Peyton Manning, the lead can't be big enough. The first thing was the excitement of the touchdown and that we'd be up 14 points and that was significant.
Jared, Baton Rouge, LA
4:02 PM ETWhat are the Saints plans concerning safety Darren Sharper?
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsHi Jared. He was certainly a big part of our success this season and as we start the free agent signing period this week, he'll be one of the guys we look to have back. He is very talented and brings a lot of play-making ability to our defense. We'd love to have him back and that process starts in three days.
Marcel Who Dat!!!, Santa Barbara, CA
4:03 PM ETFrom Bush in 06 to Thomas Morstead in 09, how has your draft evaluation process evolved?
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsMarcel, each year our scouts and personnel people along with the coaches have done a great job of looking at need as well as best player. Picking 32nd ths year, it's important to have a good grasp. We've been able to grab players such as Jahri Evans and Thomas Morstead and Marques Colston. The significance of the later rounds are just as important as the first, and we want to be well-rounded in our scouting.
Jamar, Anchorage, Alaska
4:06 PM ETI was born and raised a die hard Saints fan, but the same goes to my brother-in-law with Dallas. Needless to say, that loss to the Cowboys crushed me, especially when I hosted a house full of Dallas fans for bragging rights. After the beat down we handed them in 08' I was sure you had their number. With your recent dinner prank on Jerry Jones, could this turn into a rivalry and how comfortable do you feel going into Dallas next season, hopefully to make a statement?
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsJamar, any time you play the Cowboys you know you are in for a challenge. I think the uniqueness the other night is that I have a great relationship with Jerry Jones. The three years I spent there as an assistant gave me great memories. I have great respect for Jerry and the entire family and the entire organization, and I am very close to them.
I was at the Dallas dinner Saturday -- stopped by at the end of their dinner, and we had some good laughs. Jerry and I chatted, and we had the empty wine bottle right next to us. Jerry was going to bring it back to Dallas with him as a keepsake, but it accidentally broke that night at the restaurant!
4:10 PM ETFirst off coach CONGRATS!! I saw on inside the NFL you were speaking to officials prior to kickoff..you were speaking of onside kicks....did you tell them you were going onside prior to the 2nd half kickoff...or start of the game?
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsSebastian, it was before the start of the game -- common to go through any unusual plays with officials. So we had the conversation prior to the game. We knew we wanted to attempt it.
When we did it, we were supposed to go left to right but that would have meant the kick went toward the Colts sideline, which we didn't want. I told the officials that the captains were wrong and we wanted to go right to left -- so the onside kick was toward our sideline.
Josh, Morgan City
4:14 PM ETThanks so much Coach to you, Drew Brees and the rest of the team for taking a chance and coming to New Orleans. I am sure you have felt just how much it meant to this entire state over the last couple weeks. How do you continue the success and keep the guys motivated for another run. How do you keep them Humble and Hungry?
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsThanks, Josh. I think it starts with the people and players in the building. The competitive nature that all of us have. We all recognize the challenge of following up the season we just had, and all the hard work that really goes into one of those moments we had in this past Super Bowl.
Dianna Lavidalie, Gonzales, LA
4:16 PM ETHi Coach P! You have spoken greatly on how much the Who Dat Nation has meant to our team. Can you discuss any one fan, in particular, who has made a personal impact on you.
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsDianna, I think it's the masses. Each one fan represents really so many others. Since we arrived in 2006, we were welcomed and received so well and it's something our coaches and players never take for granted.
patrick costello, ireland
4:17 PM ETDid you ever learn any tips from your coaching and playing days in Britain
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsWell, Patrick, it was so long ago. The time spent there in England was great for someone just out of college like myself. The experiecne to live in another country and still be around people with a passion for the game of football was so bebneficial to me.
memj23, Clearwater Fl
4:21 PM ETHow have things changed in New Orleans since the Saints won the Superbowl? < Brees4MVP >
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsI think there is a spirit and it really starts with the pride in the region. The team just had a chance to enhance the spirit. The city and the region is a special place.
4:22 PM ETWho is really catching your eye in this year's draft?
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsGilgamesh, there have been a few position groups that have stood out here. Defensive linemen, the running backs and tight ends have stood out.
4:24 PM ETHey Coach! I love your gutsy calls. Which place that you have coached in has contributed the most to making the decision to call this way?
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsBransen, I think the the years in Dallas with Bill Parcells really helped me as an assistant really understand and appreciate the various sttrategies required to win - and also how those strategies can change, game by game.
4:25 PM ETCoach, I have been a deployed MedEvac pilot from Meraux, LA since June of last year. My unit flew countless missions during Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. Thank you so much for everything you have brought to the city. Watching you guys every Monday morning at 2am was the highlight of our week here. You really lifted our spirits and kept us going for another week. There are two jerseys hanging up in my closet: Jackson #57, and Brees #9. My question is: What was your most memorable moment after you won the Super Bowl and returned to New Orleans?
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsThanks, Chris. First off, I'm honored and thankful for all that you do for our country. We pray for not only you but all the troops that do so much for us to enjoy the Super Bowl memories and one of those special moments of grace.
Before we returned to New Orleans, standing on the podium with the Lombardi Trophy was truly one of those momnents of grace for me.
Sean Payton, New Orleans SaintsThanks for the questions from all of you. We look forward to the upcoming draft and appreciate your support for the greatest sport in our country.
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