Payton's Place Becoming Perfect Home For Saints (1 Viewer)


Gone but will never forgotten. R.I.P. Nate
Aug 13, 1998
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Anniston, AL

NBC 4 (Columbus, OH)

(Sports Network) - The New Orleans Saints, the last team you'd expect to be atop the competitive NFC South Division at the midway point of this season, are still going strong. And their first-year head coach, Sean Payton, is halfway towards earning some significant individual hardware at year's end.

There's no debating the team markedly improved itself during the offseason, landing a franchise quarterback in Drew Brees and putting together a bountiful draft which not only produced dynamic running back Reggie Bush, but also manchild wideout Marques Colston and two other starters in guard Jahri Evans and injured safety Roman Harper.

But none of those moves -- not even the sorely-needed addition of Brees -- made by general manager Mickey Loomis over the spring has been as important as his decision to hire the 42-year-old Payton, who's quickly assembled this rag- tag bunch of castoffs and greenhorns into one of the dangerous offenses in the NFL.

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