Below are answers to this weeks reader question . There will be more answers to your questions later today. Special thanks to all those that participated. Feel free to continue the discussion in the comment section below.
What's the biggest coaching blunder Payton has made since taking over? - Snowboard K.
I'm going to stick with on-field blunders because front office and personnel decisions are also made by others and not just Payton. It's also tough to peg Payton alone for anything that happens on the field because the players are expected to execute. But the one play that sticks out in my mind is the reverse Payton called with 3:36 left in a Week 13 2007 game against Tampa Bay. The Saints were ahead by four points and needed only to run the clock out to assure victory. The Bucs were out of timeouts. Payton has always been known for his ballsy playcalling and many times, it works out. But this time he got a little too cute. Bush wound up botching the reverse pitch, the Bucs recovered, scored the go-ahead touchdown and wound up winning the game. It wasn't pretty but I'd say Ambushmore than made up for it.
Which draft pick will make the most impact for the next few years. Which draft pick will be a fan favorite (Not including Ingram). Finally, which draft pick will bust or not make it on to the 53-man roster or whatever the new CBA allows. - Jon B.
I think given the nature of his position, RB Mark Ingram is most likely to have the most impact in the short term. As for fan favorites, if Nate Bussey or Greg Romeus manage to outperform their late round draft positions, they are sure to be loved. Saints fans can't get enough of a good underdog story. I doubt any of the players drafted by the Saints this year won't make the 2011 final roster but if I had to pick a player who will struggle most, my money might be on Johnny Patrick given the depth and competition already at the cornerback position.
How many Saints jerseys do you own? Which players are they? Which one is your favorite? - Hans D.
I actually only own two jerseys. My first one is a replica black Marques Colston jersey with the screenprinted name and numbers. I've had that since his rookie season when they first became available so the printing is beginning to fade. My second jersey is an authentic black Drew Brees jersey with the single-stitched lettering. My favorite of the two is probably the Colston simply because it was my first ever. I really need a white jersey and I'll probably make it Pierre Thomas.
If it were up to you, how would you settle the lockout? What would be your proposal? - Breesus C.
Fortunately, it's not up to me. I think the revenue sharing system was fine the way it was before the owners opted out of the previous CBA so my proposal would include that. The one thing I would really love to see come out of the lockout is an overhaul of the rookie wage scale. That certainly needs to change. I also have no qualms with an 18-game season barring an increase in roster limits.
Do you ever get to truly enjoy CSC like the rest of us? Or is it just a job? - CSC M.
Honestly, I'd say it's somewhere in the middle. Some days are more enjoyable than others. In some ways I get more enjoyment out of it than anyone else, like when interviewing players and getting positive feedback from readers. Other times it feels like work when I have to come up with something to write about, there's no NFL news and I've got more important things happening in my personal life. Overall, it's enjoyable and when the work outweighs the rewards, I'll stop.