Stephone Anthony says Sean Payton 'right on' about second-year struggles (1 Viewer)


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Stephone Anthony as a rookie in 2015 led the New Orleans Saints in tackles as a first-round drafted middle linebacker, giving the appearance of someone who would be the defensive centerpiece for years to come.

Then came this season, which included a move to strong-side linebacker and an eventual demotion to the sideline.

Saints coach Sean Payton on Wednesday offered a pointed critique of Anthony's play, including his inability to "diagnose some very simple reads" between run and pass plays.

On Thursday, Anthony owned up to those mistakes during a brief session with local media, particularly with his agreement that Payton was "right on" with his assessment.

"I think it's fair," he said of Payton's critique. "I think everybody goes through a growth stage, you know. Sometimes as a linebacker you can have a misread. I think there are certain things I can get better at, but I think coach Payton was right on."

By Christopher Dabe, | The Times-Picayune

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