Payton: Saints could be back in Super Bowl

July, 19, 2011
7/19/11
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I just received a paperback copy of Sean Payton’s book, “Home Team’’, which includes a new epilogue on the 2010 season.

The book, which first came out about a year ago, focused mostly on Payton’s arrival in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and how the 2009 Saints won the Super Bowl. The 2010 epilogue is short and Payton doesn’t put blame on anyone but himself for falling short of last season’s Super Bowl. In fact, he again questions his decision to play his starters in the regular-season finale.

The Saints got some players hurt in that game and were without them for a playoff loss to Seattle. Payton’s disappointment with losing to the Seahawks is obvious, but there’s one paragraph in the epilogue that really caught my eye.

“Sitting here now, I am convinced that that loss to Seattle has a chance to be a big reason why we end up back in the Super Bowl,’’ Payton wrote. “The sting of that loss is motivating, and it really doesn’t go away until you start playing again.’’

The Saints should be back on the practice field before long. Payton is a master motivator. I think it’s pretty safe to assume the Saints will be hearing a lot about the Seattle loss throughout training camp.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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