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By Christopher Dabe - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Jerry Jones remembers the first time Sean Payton took his New Orleans Saints team to Dallas and beat the Cowboys. This was 2006, Payton’s first season after he left the Cowboys as an assistant coach.
The Saints won 42-17, and fullback Mike Karney scored three touchdowns. Karney played seven NFL seasons, and those turned out to be nearly half the seven touchdowns he scored in his career.
It’s something Jones hasn’t forgotten.
“They came in here and beat us when Bill Parcells was coaching,” Jones recalled Tuesday (Nov. 27) during his weekly radio segment on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “Tactically, I think they scored three or four touchdowns with their fullback. We hadn’t figured that out yet, and we got beat by the fullback really, which we hadn’t planned on. That’s just a part, of course, of his strategy.”
The Saints now, just as they did back then, have Drew Brees at quarterback, and he’s now surrounded by key offensive players Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara in the backfield and Michael Thomas as a wideout. But the genius of Payton, Jones said, is how he gets other players involved in his offensive play-calling. ...
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