Sean Payton says his sixth grade team is running the Saints offense
Sean Payton is currently serving his one-year suspension from the NFL, but he’s still coaching. Of course, not on a major level. Sean has become more of a family man and turned down gigs on broadcasting networks around the league to spend more time with his kids.
Payton sat down with the New Orleans Times-Picayune Tuesday and gave an idea of what he’s been doing as NFL Camps come to an end and we enter the Regular Season.
He was asked about his time away and said that he is happy with the way the Saints have been run in his absence. Saying “I think probably a lot of what I expected. I have a chance now from afar to really study the game.” He said. “Of course, I’m following the Saints real closely with the TV copy and the coaches tape and all those other things. But there are still days where obviously you miss it, because this is what you’ve done for so long. But really overall, looking from afar, the preseason seems to have gone well. Everyone has really come together.”
He also says he’s spending a lot of time running the offense on his son Connor’s Sixth Grade football team, and they are running an offense familiar to him – the New Orleans Saints offense.
“We have 12 plays on the wristband. The terminology is the same as we used in New Orleans. The kids said, ‘This looks hard.’ But I said, ‘I’ve seen your homework. That’s a lot harder.’ And they’ve done a great job with it.”
Yes, Sixth Graders, running an NFL Offense.
When asked about his role on the team he said “I run the offense. The head coach is Brennan Hardy, who does a great job. We had our first game Saturday, and we won 30-0. Obviously it’s a completely different element. Yet you get just as excited to see the team you’re a part of do well. It was about 110 degrees on the Astroturf, I was just glad no one melted. But it was a good win for us to start the season. We scored a lot of points and created some turnovers. And they get excited about it, which is great to see.”
Yeah, it must be working. A 30-0 stomping!
No wonder Drew Brees looks like a beast out on the field. The offense is so easy, even a sixth grader can do it!