A look at the Saints coaching crew and team staff in Tampa Bay.
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton held a conference call with the media Monday afternoon to review Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. A few takeaways:
- Payton said the penalties (13 accepted for 104 yards) impacted what the team was trying to accomplish, especially on offense. Payton said the team's low rate of conversion on third down (4 of 13) impacted the team's ability to have more running plays. The Saints ran the ball 16 times for 46 yards and had just 58 total plays. It was the second consecutive week the Saints had an off day on third down.
- Payton said after reviewing the defensive film "there are a lot of things we're doing well on that side of the ball." The defense gave up just 270 yards and 16 points to the Bucs and played without starting middle linebacker Craig Robertson and starting safety Kenny Vaccaro. Payton said Stephone Anthony "gave us a definite winning performance" filling in for Robertson.
- When asked about the verdict in the trial of Cardell Hayes, the man who killed former Saints star Will Smith this past April, Payton said the manslaughter conviction should start to bring closure for Smith's widow, Racquel. "She showed amazing strength through it all," said Payton, who made it to the courtroom Sunday night to hear the verdict announced.