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Takeaways from Coach Sean Payton's Wednesday conference call

Saints coach took questions from New Orleans media

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A few takeaways from New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton's conference call with media Wednesday morning:

  1. With quarterback Drew Brees throwing for a combined six interceptions in the past two games - both losses - Payton said Brees needs to be good with his decisions and he needs to coach up the rest of the players on offense to make sure they're providing Brees as clear of a picture as possible. Payton also mentioned two drops in the end zone vs. the Buccaneers as plays that hurt the Saints. "Those are big plays, those are scores," he said.
  1. With the Saints guaranteed their third consecutive non-winning season Payton was asked if there are similarities in the seasons and teams, a suggestion he disagreed with. "This is a different team," he said, adding "we've lost a few games that I've never seen before." Payton said it will be important how the team finishes in its final three games.
  1. Payton provided his most specific explanation of what has been holding back second-year linebacker Stephone Anthony, a first-round draft pick who started all 16 games in 2015 but has started just three games this season and played in 10. Payton said Anthony's "key and diagnose are off occasionally." Payton said he needs to be able to identify which plays are run plays and which plays are pass plays. Payton said that's also holding the Clemson product back on special teams where he's "just been OK in that area."
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