Quantcast

Payton ready to get back on sideline - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Payton ready to get back on sideline

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Finally, Saints coach Sean Payton gets to do what he loves the most. Nearly 19 months after he coached his last game, Payton will be back on the sideline when New Orleans plays the Kansas City Chiefs in an exhibition opener Friday night at the Superdome.

It won't come close to matching the intensity of his last game, a pulsating, excruciating 36-32 loss at San Francisco in the divisional round of the 2011 playoffs. But the dome should be rocking for his return from an unprecedented year-long suspension for his role in the bounty scandal.

"Just getting back to being out on the field in practice and having a chance to coach in a regular game, that part of it is exciting," Payton said. "The fans have been great. They get excited about our team, especially at the start of the season after everything that went on a year ago. I know our players are excited to play."

Much has changed since Payton walked off the field at Candlestick Park on Jan. 14, 2012, ruing a heartbreaking end to the Saints' season.

In a game with four lead changes in the last 4:02, the 49ers won on a 14-yard touchdown reception with 9 seconds left. New Orleans, which was 9-0 at home, would have played host to the New York Giants in the NFC championship game the following week.

Without Payton, the Saints slipped to 7-9 last year, losing their first four games en route to their first sub-.500 season since 2007. After setting an NFL record for most yards gained in 2011, New Orleans shattered the mark for most yards allowed in 2012. Then-defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, hired by Payton before his suspension, was fired and replaced by Rob Ryan.

The Saints have changed to a 3-4 alignment from a 4-3. Drew Brees, who threw for an NFL-record 5,476 yards in 2011, tied the NFL high with 19 interceptions in 2012. Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel, slated to play the second quarter after spending the last three years with the Saints as Brees' backup, had an inside view of the New Orleans locker room without Payton.

"It was one of the toughest years professionally in my short career that I've been through," Daniel said. "It's hard when you lose your rock and your head coach like Sean Payton is down there. I think Drew put a little extra pressure on himself to fill the player and the head coach void. "

Daniel knows it will not be the normal preseason atmosphere at the dome. "Well, I talked to the ticket guy a couple days ago, and it's sold out," he said. "It's Sean Payton's first game really in like two years. The New Orleans fans love their football and it doesn't matter if it's preseason, offseason, Super Bowl, regular season. They're going to be out in full force, and it's going to be loud."

Payton's last game in the Superdome was a 45-28 win against Detroit on Jan. 7, 2012 in the NFC wild-card round. He will call plays for the first time since Nov. 6, 2011, when he tore his left MCL and broke his leg in a sideline collision during a game at Tampa Bay.

He gave up the play calling to offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael for the rest of 2011, but has reclaimed that duty. Payton played down his emotions a bit Thursday, but his players anticipate a raucous atmosphere.

"It's going to be live," safety Malcolm Jenkins said. "It's loud every time we go into the dome, and with Sean's return and just the anticipation that seems to be buzzing around this season, everyone is going to be very excited."

NOTES: Payton said the starters would play 14 to 16 snaps. After Brees leaves, Luke McCown will replace him, with undrafted rookie Ryan Griffin following McCown. Payton said Seneca Wallace, the other quarterback competing for the backup spot, likely would not play to rest a pulled groin.

  • College FootballMore>>

  • Cop once drew gun on squirrel-hunting QB Winston

    Cop once drew gun on squirrel-hunting QB Winston

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:56:45 GMT
    Police say Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun.
    Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun, police say.
  • Cincinnati picked to win American

    Cincinnati picked to win American

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:19:15 GMT
    Cincinnati has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference, with defending champion Central Florida second.
    Cincinnati has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference, with defending champion Central Florida second.
  • Penn State hires former Cal AD to lead program

    Penn State hires former Cal AD to lead program

    Saturday, July 26 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-26 19:54:18 GMT
    Penn State has hired Sandy Barbour as athletic director, a month after she stepped down as AD at the University of California-Berkeley.
    Penn State hired Sandy Barbour as athletic director, a month after she stepped down as AD at the University of California-Berkeley.
1 AUG 8 7:00pm CDT at Rams
2 AUG 15 7:00pm CDT Titans
3 AUG 23 7:00pm CDT at Colts
4 AUG 28 7:00pm CDT Ravens
1 SEP 7 12:00pm CDT at Falcons
2 SEP 14 12:00pm CDT at Browns
3 SEP 21 12:00pm CDT Vikings
4 SEP 28 7:30pm CDT at Dallas
5 OCT 5 12:00pm CDT Tampa Bay
6 BYE
7 OCT 19 12:00pm CDT at Lions
8 OCT 26 7:30pm CDT Packers
9 OCT 30 7:25pm CDT at Panthers
10 NOV 9 12:00pm CDT 49ers
11 NOV 16 12:00pm CDT Bengals
12 NOV 24 7:30pm CDT Ravens
13 NOV 30 12:00pm CDT at Steelers
14 DEC 7 12:00pm CDT Panthers
15 DEC 15 7:30pm CDT at Bears
16 DEC 21 12:00pm CDT Falcons
17 DEC 28 12:00pm CDT at Buccaneers
  • SportsMore>>

  • Dixie World Series heads to Bossier City

    Dixie World Series heads to Bossier City

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:26:41 GMT
    22 state champion teams from eleven states and two local teams will converge on Bossier City this weekend for the Dixie Boys and Junior Boys World Series which begins Friday night with opening ceremonies at the Centurylink Center.
    22 state champion teams from eleven states and two local teams will converge on Bossier City this weekend for the Dixie Boys and Junior Boys World Series which begins Friday night with opening ceremonies at the Centurylink Center.
  • Shreveport golfers shine again at Junior PGA Championship

    Shreveport golfers shine again at Junior PGA Championship

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:55:56 GMT
    The Junior PGA Championship continuing Wednesday in Bryan, Texas with Shreveport well represented on the leaderboard once again. 
    The Junior PGA Championship continuing Wednesday in Bryan, Texas with Shreveport well represented on the leaderboard once again. 
  • Ready for some football; NSU Victory Tour stops by Shreveport

    Ready for some football; NSU Victory Tour stops by Shreveport

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:09:37 GMT
    Northwestern State's Victory Tour made it's way to Superior Steakhouse in Shreveport Wednesday and football was in the air.
    Northwestern State's Victory Tour made it's way to Superior Steakhouse in Shreveport Wednesday and football was in the air.
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File