Copy Cat League.
In an interview with NFL Network’s Steve Wyche this week, Payton said the search for the next McVay left out worthy candidates, but he’s happy to face those teams that ended up erring with their choice.
“I think we’ve got a diversity problem, like this season, what took place, that’s hitting us square in the face. I think that not a lot was written or discussed about it,” Payton said. “There are a handful of coaches that I know that if I was a GM who I would be interested in hiring.
“So, I think more and more it’s season-by-season and ‘I want Alvin Kamara.’ Well, you can’t have him. You can go draft 10 more running backs and be 0 for 10 trying to find him or (Sean) McVay (as a coach). And so I see a lot of mistakes made in that process I feel like this long in and so we’re excited to play those teams.”
I asked @Saints Coach Sean Payton about the trend of teams hiring young, offensive-minded head coaches. He delivered a strong, honest response, capped by him saying some teams are making mistakes and the Saints can’t wait to play them. This is damn good. 🔥🔥🔥@nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/AOiAsLCXeO
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) March 28, 2019
Sean Payton just gave a bunch of teams, specifically the head coaches, bulletin board material. Eight teams hired new coaches for the 2019 season. Six of those men coach offense, Bruce Arians (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Adam Gase (New York Jets), Kliff Kingsbury (Arizona Cardinals), Freddie Kitchens (Cleveland Browns), Matt LaFleur (Green Bay Packers) and Zac Taylor (Cincinnati Bengals). Only two of those six (Arians, Gase) have previous head coaching experience. The other four have a combined 29 games experience as NFL play callers.
Sean Payton’s Saints will face two of those newly hired coaches this year: division rival Tampa Bay and Arizona.
Let’s hope he backs up his tough talk.
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