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Saints' Payton comfortable delegating play-calls again

8 months 1 week 3 days ago September 15, 2016 Sep 15, 2016 Thursday, September 15 2016 September 15, 2016 3:18 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

METAIRIE - Saints coach Sean Payton is prepared to quit calling offensive plays - something he loves and has done most of his career - if it helps him manage his entire football team better.

He also figures he has the luxury of delegating play-calling because his offensive coordinator, Pete Carmichael Junior, has done it before - and done it well.

"He's been with us now, with me now, for going on 11 years," Payton said of his bespectacled, baby-faced offensive assistant. "He has a great feel for what we're looking to do.

Carmichael was the primary play caller in Drew Brees' ear in Sunday's season-opener against the Oakland Raiders. New Orleans lost, 35-34, but the performance of the offense was hardly to blame. Brees eclipsed 400 yards passing for the 14th time in his 16-year career, finishing with 423 yards and four touchdown passes.

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