Saints coach Sean Payton relishing opportunity to overcome Drew Brees’ absence
The New Orleans Saints were dealt a crucial blow to their offense with the injury to quarterback Drew Brees. Regardless, the Saints are not ready to press the panic button so long as Sean Payton is their head coach.
The onus has now fallen on Payton to ensure that the offense continues to meet the high standards it has set over the years. According to ESPN’s Mike Triplett, guard Larry Warford feels he is more than up to the task.
“I think this is what he lives for, making these types of game plans and being tested in certain situations like this,” Saints guard Larry Warford said. “I mean, he’s Sean Payton. So you couldn’t ask for a better coach to draw something up for us.”
Running back Alvin Kamara echoed Warford’s notion that he is viewing it as a new challenge.
“Sean’s ready, like he’s ready for the challenge,” running back Alvin Kamara said.
It is encouraging to see the players have the utmost confidence in Payton. It is part of the reason why the Saints’ brass signed him to a five-year extension just prior to their loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. Fate has wasted no time in giving him an opportunity to provide them with some bang for their buck.
It is easy to see why those in New Orleans are still optimistic. Payton has long been revered as one of the best offensive minds in the NFL. Furthermore, they still have more than enough pieces on offense to help the backups thrive with Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas still in the mix.
Although quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is slated to take over as the starter, Payton has indicated that he may look to rely on two quarterbacks under center to get the job done. This means quarterback Taysom Hill will also see his role increase exponentially in Brees’ absence.