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Local New Orleans paper discusses Payton

The Times-Picayune in New Orleans ran a couple of articles on Sean Payton and our old coordinator Maurice Carthon and their pursuit of the Saints job.

From the Payton article comes this factoid that was news to me.

From a success point of view, Sean Payton was hoping that his interview for the head coaching position with the Saints went better than the time he opposed the team as a professional quarterback. It was during the 1987 players strike, the final replacement game, when Payton was a quarterback for the Chicago Bears and played against the Saints' replacement team at Soldier Field on Oct. 18.

Facing a veteran-fortified Saints defense, where about a half-dozen regulars had crossed union picket lines, including much of the defensive line and secondary, Payton, alternating every play with Steve Bradley, was 3-of-11 for 28 yards, no touchdowns and one interception on an exceptionally windy day as the Saints won 19-17. "You're being nice," Payton said Thursday, when the elements were brought up to ease the unkind memory. "Offensively, we were in trouble."

From the Carthon article we get the usual references to Bill Parcells.

Maurice Carthon insisted Wednesday that he is not a Bill Parcells clone. But Carthon is well aware that he always will be linked to his long-time mentor. And he also knows that's not a bad thing when it comes to making a name for yourself in the NFL.

"There will never be another Bill Parcells, and I'm not him," Carthon said Wednesday after wrapping up his two-day interview for the Saints' head coaching job. "But I've learned a lot of things from Bill, and I know one of the main reasons I'm standing here is because of Bill."
Carthon, 44, has spent 14 of his 22 years as a player or assistant coach under Parcells. He left Parcells in 2005 to serve as offensive coordinator in Cleveland under long-time Parcells assistant Romeo Crennel.

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