New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton that his punishment for the bounty scandal was “unprecedented” and “stands out,” but he doesn’t believe it will tarnish the Saints as an organization.
“I don’t think it at all tarnishes the accomplishments of this team,” Payton told ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show, per NFL.com. “When it’s all said and done, and we look at this stretch, however long this stretch goes, I think the accomplishments and what we do and how we earn what we earn on the field, is most important and what’s most remembered.”
Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently admitted he’s still mad at the NFL, but Payton says it’s time to move on and he’ll address that with his players.
“For me to be removed from it for eight months,” Payton said. “I wasn’t going to able to spend months feeling that same anger without going crazy, and I think it’s going to be important for all of us to move forward.”