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Saints News, 1/14/16: Sean Payton on Alabama's Onside Kick: Unbelievable...and a lot less sweat

From Mike Triplett: Payton said he was watching the national championship game live at home Monday night when coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide pulled off the perfectly-executed surprise in the fourth quarter of their 45-40 win over Clemson. “It was unbelievable,” Payton said -- though he then cracked, “It was a lot less sweat...The timing of it, it was a huge, huge play. I’m telling you what, it was significant in their win.”

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Saints News

New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton on Alabama's onside kick: Unbelievable - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN
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NFL News

Former Rams RB Lawrence Phillips found dead in prison |
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Tom Coughlin is gone, but it appears things aren't going to look much different on the team's coaching staff next season. Ben McAdoo is getting bumped up to head coach and, according to multiple reports, Steve Spagnuolo will remain the team's defensive coordinator.