clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Saints News, 12/31/14: Payton Promises Change After 7-9 Finish

From USA Today: "What is important is we are looking closely at ways to fix the things that kept us from winning games, and making sure that we are not fixing something that wasn't a part of the problem," Payton said. "We have to look closely at the teaching, the coaching. We have to look closely at the players."

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Tweets

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/HallmannJoy71">@HallmannJoy71</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a> always love to hear your New Years resolution. What&#39;s yours this year?" To read, pray, and love more. Simple</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/550158065794691072">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Nothing like a 2 am wake up call to go smash some ducks! <a href="https://twitter.com/SouthernChaosTV">@SouthernChaosTV</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SPORTSMANchnl">@SPORTSMANchnl</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BadlandsPacks">@BadlandsPacks</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/continuedchaos?src=hash">#continuedchaos</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NOoffseason?src=hash">#NOoffseason</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/status/550224008377937920">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Right back on it!!! <a href="http://t.co/m8Sl2BtMs3">pic.twitter.com/m8Sl2BtMs3</a></p>&mdash; Terron Armstead (@T_Armstead72) <a href="https://twitter.com/T_Armstead72/status/550158012011544577">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>That is some quality cabinetry. &quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93">@JuniorG93</a>: PROPOFOL....I Know They Hope I Fall.... <a href="http://t.co/P9qFRYv3Gy">pic.twitter.com/P9qFRYv3Gy</a>&quot;</p>&mdash; Sean Orleans (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/status/550157455385460738">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/Twofivewinston">@Twofivewinston</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FlashBackFriday?src=hash">#FlashBackFriday</a>- Two Five, <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a>, &amp; Coach Olson...<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gamerecognizegame?src=hash">#gamerecognizegame</a> <a href="http://t.co/zp7l6HXNj7">http://t.co/zp7l6HXNj7</a>" Brings back memories!</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/550157159128776705">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/HspncElvis">@HspncElvis</a>: A little throwback for <a href="https://twitter.com/LT_21">@LT_21</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a> <a href="http://t.co/YxxE53fSTs">pic.twitter.com/YxxE53fSTs</a>" I love that one!</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/550155296706809856">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/melbell15">@melbell15</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a> fellow boilermaker alum at your old stomping grounds! <a href="http://t.co/vnDmYqO71z">pic.twitter.com/vnDmYqO71z</a>" Whoa, blast from the past! Young stud!</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/550155116313976832">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Debating whether I should go to the Sugar Bowl while I am here!! Alabama vs Ohio State!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SugarBowl?src=hash">#SugarBowl</a></p>&mdash; Brandin Cooks (@brandincooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/brandincooks/status/550154817004650496">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/KevinMawae">@KevinMawae</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/AintThatAmazin">@AintThatAmazin</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDarlington">@JeffDarlington</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Manny13z">@Manny13z</a> Saban didn&#39;t pass on me or <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a> we both passed on him" Ha, I love it Mawae!</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/550153958115639296">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Happy New Year Who Dats!</p>&mdash; Joe Horn (@JoeHorn87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHorn87/status/550148448805482496">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/johnreport">@johnreport</a>: The most impressive part of this photo? Andre&#39;s ability to fit on that tiny chair. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoyalRumble1988?src=hash">#RoyalRumble1988</a> <a href="http://t.co/rfd0YZMKTo">pic.twitter.com/rfd0YZMKTo</a>"</p>&mdash; Old Wrestling Pics (@OldWrestlingPic) <a href="https://twitter.com/OldWrestlingPic/status/550136189748269056">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The reason I know I&#39;m ugly, cause I only use SnapChat when I have a haircut <a href="http://t.co/uMSxWsgFaf">pic.twitter.com/uMSxWsgFaf</a></p>&mdash; Terron Armstead (@T_Armstead72) <a href="https://twitter.com/T_Armstead72/status/550135069747478529">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/DanielWiley83">@DanielWiley83</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/T_Armstead72">@T_Armstead72</a> You look like a $80,000,000 LT to me and the best damn lineman the <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> have." Can I be on your payroll? </p>&mdash; Terron Armstead (@T_Armstead72) <a href="https://twitter.com/T_Armstead72/status/550136053617926144">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/Jeff_Rushing">@Jeff_Rushing</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/T_Armstead72">@T_Armstead72</a> Never finished a game without someone getting mad and quitting" tempers flare lol</p>&mdash; Terron Armstead (@T_Armstead72) <a href="https://twitter.com/T_Armstead72/status/550131564697640960">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Group selfie at the Pelicans game. <a href="http://t.co/b8uVtFk8V6">http://t.co/b8uVtFk8V6</a></p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/status/550119214561120256">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>His season was cut short, but <a href="https://twitter.com/brandincooks">@brandincooks</a> was an elite WR for the Saints&#10;53 REC. 550 YDS. 3 TD&#10;7 RUSH. 73 YDS. 1 TD <a href="http://t.co/uzWtzvdane">pic.twitter.com/uzWtzvdane</a></p>&mdash; Beavers In The NFL (@NFLBeavers) <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLBeavers/status/549666959659646977">December 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/markschlereth">@markschlereth</a> <a href="http://t.co/4DbNXxXpvm">pic.twitter.com/4DbNXxXpvm</a></p>&mdash; KillingMe$aufley (@NolanSwagmire) <a href="https://twitter.com/NolanSwagmire/status/550077601654378496">December 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>N. Suh will be fined $70,000 and get to play game in which each Lions player collects $22K for WC round, per <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTaxMan">@SportsTaxMan</a>. Costs Suh $48K.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/550072817799421953">December 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Should be no $urprise the NFL didn&#39;t su$pend suh. Playoff games are just better when superstar talent is playing and that equals rating$</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/550071156389064704">December 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good thing the league spent months on a new personal conduct policy. I guess that they didn&#39;t have time to deal with idiots on the field.</p>&mdash; mark schlereth (@markschlereth) <a href="https://twitter.com/markschlereth/status/550061622577078272">December 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ff?src=hash">#ff</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/celebrityhottub">@celebrityhottub</a> RT <a href="https://twitter.com/History_Pics">@History_Pics</a>: Eddie Murphy eating steak off a model&#39;s back in the 80&#39;s. <a href="http://t.co/Xvq6mwYDEQ">pic.twitter.com/Xvq6mwYDEQ</a></p>&mdash; Dan Rubenstein (@DanRubenstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanRubenstein/status/550115024039968768">December 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

_________________________

Saints News

Payton promises change after Saints go 7-9
"What is important is we are looking closely at ways to fix the things that kept us from winning games, and making sure that we are not fixing something that wasn't a part of the problem," Payton said. "We have to look closely at the teaching, the coaching. We have to look closely at the players."

Payton: changes coming after 'brutally honest' evaluation
METAIRIE – As the New Orleans Saints transition into the offseason after limping to a disappointing 7-9 finish, head coach Sean Payton said Monday

Saints head to offseason disappointed, but hopeful
Fans are looking for the Saints to fix the problems that left them on the outside looking in come playoff time, despite lots of preseason hype.

Forecast: Why Saints final win of 2014 felt like a loss
Whether it's the Super Bowl or a meaningless season final against a terrible Tampa team we are Saints fans and we always watch.

Saints OL Zach Strief receives 'Good Guy' Award
New Orleans' source for complete news coverage of the Saints football team with schedules, scores and stats. WWLTV.com

New Orleans Saints signed practice-squad players to future contracts - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints signed seven practice-squad players to future contracts on Monday.

A win-win contract extension would make sense for Saints, Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
For the second time in two years, Tom Brady and the Patriots worked out a contract restructure. No, the Saints and Drew Brees won't do the same thing.

Saints need better health, bigger impact from Jimmy Graham - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Figuring out how to make tight end Jimmy Graham more dominant going forward has to be a top priority for the Saints.

Sixteen plays that made but mostly broke the 2014 Saints | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Week 1: Falcons 37, Saints 34: In overtime, Marques Colston caught a pass, traveling 13 yards when Atlanta strong safety Williams Moore forces him to fumble at the Saints 38, setting up a game-winning field goal for the Falcons.

Robert Meachem, who now calls New Orleans home, hopes trust earns him another stint with Saints | NOLA.com
"When you see a sign a one-year deal, there's always uncertainty," Meachem said. "You just hope it was enough to sway them to bring you back."

New Orleans Saints defense stops Bucs run game late, but was that by design?: Film Study | NOLA.com
Tampa Bay rushes the ball 14 consecutive times in the second half as Saints sneak out the win

New Orleans Saints' uncertainty on defense has Corey White feeling in limbo | NOLA.com
White, Stanley Jean-Baptiste both said they have no idea what their roles are

RICK CLEVELAND: 7-win Saints seasons no longer reason to celebrate | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
The New Orleans Saints limped, not marched, home with a 7-9 record, disappointing for a team that entered 2014 with Super Bowl hopes and a future Hall of Fame quarterback.

2015 Moves Will MAKE OR BREAK Saints Future
As we enter the year 2015, the off-season that lies ahead in the next few months for the Saints will ultimately determine their success or failure for the

Brees, Roethlisberger have NFL’s first tie for passing yardage lead | ProFootballTalk
For the first time in NFL history, two players finished tied for the league lead in passing yards. Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger each finished the 2014 season with 4,952 passing yards, tied for the top spot in the NFL.

_________________________

NFL News

Bucs casting a wide net in search for offensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
No one goes into a hiring process planning for a rush job, but the Buccaneers have to be particularly deliberate while filling their vacant offensive coordinator post.

Ted Cottrell doesn’t believe Suh didn’t feel Rodgers’s leg | ProFootballTalk
Despite overturning Ndamukong Suh's one-game suspension for stepping on the leg of Aaron Rodgers, hearing officer Ted Cottrell is not convinced that Suh was innocent.

Falcons, 49ers to interview Rex Ryan | ProFootballTalk
Rex Ryan may not be out of work for long. Ryan, the head coach who was fired by the Jets yesterday, has already lined up two interviews with teams that have coaching vacancies. The 49ers and Falcons will both interview Ryan next week, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

When it comes to Rex Ryan, Blank could be a hard sell | ProFootballTalk
Per a league source, a perception exists that Rex has been politicking too aggressively for the gig.  A December 6 article from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News lobbying for Ryan to be the next coach of the Falcons (complete with Photoshopped image of Rex in Falcons gear) was received in Flowery Branch as a deliberate effort by Rex to position himself for a job that was not yet vacant.

_________________________

Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton reviews the 2014 Saints season
Sean Payton reviews the 2014 season. Video provided by WVUE FOX-8

VIDEO: Marques Colston talks about his future
Marques Colston speaks with reporters on Monday, December 29, 2014. Video provided by WVUE FOX-8.

VIDEO: Kenny Vaccaro talks about the offseason
Kenny Vaccaro speaks with reporters on Monday, December 29, 2014. Video by Justin Stout. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Terron Armstead on his injury, the offseason
Terron Armstead speaks with reporters on Monday, December 29, 2014. Video by Justin Stout. (New Orleans Saints video)