Sean Payton media availability | Friday December 10


Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints coach
Media availability
Friday, December 10, 2021

Are you okay with Taysom Hill’s overall health to start at the Sunday shift?
“Yeah, look, if I wasn’t I wouldn’t play against him. I mean, honestly. You know, we’re going to have to throw the ball, shuffle in the race, all of that stuff. a good week (training). “

Do Taysom Hill’s throws have the speed they normally have?
“I didn’t feel like I saw anything different.”

Is Taysom Hill’s selflessness in all the roles he’s played a rare thing to see?
“Look, this is unique. You know I hear this all the time from staff or other coaches, they’re all looking for a Taysom Hill now. It’s unique. Part of it is his sound. athleticism, his size and strength. In the division, teams see it twice a year and some of those non-divisional opponents see it for the first time and (it’s hard to prepare). When you kick that out with these endearing qualities up to a teammate, the selflessness of covering a punt or covering a kick. Here’s one thing; when I was watching the preseason tape of him at Green Bay, I once said that , there was a play, I think it was the third down in the second half, the play broke down when they (the Packers) were in midfield, maybe the 40-yard line. stepped in the pocket and he runs and scores a touchdown on a long run, 35 or 40 yard run. it really telling is that within two seconds the other 10 pla Yers were on top (celebrating) with him. Sometimes if you really pay attention to these things you can really tell how much a player is respected (by their peers). He was just a rookie and it was something like “woah”. It was very striking. “

When did you first discover the hybrid role of Taysom Hill?
“How did that happen? Well, we claimed him (from Green Bay) as a quarterback. He came in as a quarterback. We had a week four or week game. five where we had a few injuries. Our inactive before Covid-19 were a bit more defined. So we had three healthy players who could be on special teams. When that usually happens, we asked if there had someone who could help on special teams. I turned to Mike (Westhoff) and I said: Taysom helping us in the kicking game? ‘ Mike was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll take it.’ It was the first game he covered the kicks. Fox called the play and I remember telling (Troy) Aikman he covered the kicks. After that his role kinda evolved (role hybrid) We saw the speed and saw (the athleticism) Part of that opener was the result of injuries and grabbing a healthy inactive player who could help in the kicking game. “

Was Taysom Hill reluctant to help in positions other than quarterback?
“No. Shoot, he was a rookie at the time. He was a rookie, a free agent. It comes back to his features. He said, ‘Yeah, I’d love to do that.'”

Can you talk about your first game against the Jets in 1999?
“No, it was against the New York Giants. It was a Sunday, (Bill) Parcells was the head coach and (Bill) Belichick was the defensive coordinator. Coach (Jim) Fassel, the late Coach Fassel, had lost his father that week. I think this is the game you are talking about. It was the first game I called in a regular season game. Obviously the stage is different (now). When I was with New York (Giants) we played the Jets every preseason and once every four years you didn’t play them preseason because you had them in a regular season game. It would spin whether it was green or blue in the stadium. The old stadium was Giants Stadium and the Jets played there. It was always (a little strange). The new is different, of course. That’s what I remember from that match in 1999. “

How much have you missed Alvin Kamara over the past five weeks?
“Obviously you’re talking about one of the best running backs in the league. So yeah, not bad. We’ve had some stretches without Alvin (before). A few years ago, I remember, I was Went to Chicago. Equally important, with a Pro Bowl running back, the two Pro Bowl tackles (Ryan Ramczyk, Terron Armstead) (were also eliminated). That’s important. It’s important. So , you feel it in relation to the running or passing game. We have built this team in some ways through the defensive and offensive lines. I would say we appreciate those choices from the start. They are players hard to find in the agency. free and in the offseason. Definitely cover the corners too, there is a roster So when you look at those tackles and the inside line, and you look at the ends, sometimes it’s hard for the eye to look to the television and recognize (the difference) from Alvin (not to be there) o u a corner or middle linebacker or a catcher, these are easier to see. These row positions are something th at, this is the first stretch having games with both (Ramczyk and Armstead). It’s a challenge.”

How close was Alvin Kamara to playing against Dallas?
“He was close last week. He was really close (to play). Obviously, I just felt like I didn’t want to back him up. It was a hamstring, not the knee (injury). He’s very healthy this week. “

Has the past five weeks been the most difficult times you’ve had calling and designing parts in your career?
“Well let’s take last week for example with the two tackles down (Armstead, Ramczyk) against a pretty good front, let’s look back and make sure we didn’t put those two tackles (James Hurst, Jordan Mills) in bad positions. Now there may be other things happening, but it’s our responsibility (as coaches) I think. So there is a cause and an effect with some of those things when you do that. Then you find out what you are missing. Part of that may be flares control on a pass road or part of that because you are pushing or nipping and it there are some leads, you don’t run because of the guys there instead of Ryan (Ramczyk) or Terron (Armstead). Yeah, I would say yes. Meetings are longer, you think about how we win matches with this group. “

How do the Covid testing rules work?
“I don’t want to answer that exactly. It would be two negative tests. I would either agree to Shone (Gipson) or I can find out for you. I think it must have been two negative tests the day before. The negative test that passed. one Saturday, we find out at 3 o’clock in the morning on Sunday the result, because of the courier and this setting up. “

Are there certain shots that get more difficult for Taysom due to his injuries?
“I think you’d have to ask (Taysom). He looked good. At the start of the week there was an 80% chance of rain (in New York). It came down to less than 5%, 40s, 12mph winds. There will be a favorable wind in this stadium which means that you will see kickoffs going out of the end zone in one direction and an unfavorable wind in the other end zone. it’s 12 mph. This is nothing like what we saw on Monday night (in Buffalo). It was extreme. These things have an impact on the passer and obviously anything on your throwing hand that you have to adapt to. . Really, I’m saying this, I didn’t ask him. I just looked, and it looked good. He’s smart enough to play with any kind of splint he needs. ‘today was precise. It was really precise and yet I’m sure there is something different (his take) than normal, but yes. “

How much has Taysom’s grip on the ball changed with his splint?
“I don’t think we’re changing the overall grip; you know, I think about what that feels like in his hand. When I see the finishes going to the right place, I don’t ask about the golf swing. asks about when I don’t see him going to the right place. “

How does the weather impact the game plan?
“It’s hard to play in these extreme conditions where everyone knows you’re running (the ball). It’s also hard when you’re watching a game on TV to really appreciate, not so much the weather, but the wind. You don’t see the wind on TV. You just hear the announcers and take your word for it, but you don’t see the wind. Yeah, when I got injured in Tampa in 2011 on the sidelines. It was one of those shinbone fractures where your body goes into shock and you get a bullet and you’re dizzy sitting on the bench, it was about 80 degrees outside, it was pretty hot. It was the fourth or the fifth week.We were going from right to left when Jimmy graham took a slope. Anyway, I was a little beside myself, I tried to call the game from the bench while looking at the scoreboard. When the shift changed, I looked at Pete (Carmichael) and said, “You’re going to have to announce plays.” I felt it like a strong wind, from right to left. I said to (Carmichael) ‘stay away from the gunfire, I feel like we’re here in the wind.’ You know Pete now, he’s been here sixteen years. He said to me: ‘We agree with the wind coach. I think he’s the touch fan. I looked at all the flags in the stadium and they were all still. I knew I had to go to the locker room after that. I said, ‘Okay, we’re fine.’ It was the classic Pete Carmichael. I almost apologize for correcting myself. “


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