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The logic behind Payton's appeal

Saints coach needed to buy his team time and learn parameters of suspension

Originally Published: April 2, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Appealing a suspension from a commissioner angry enough to kick a coach out of the league for a year might not seem like the smartest decision, but in Sean Payton's case, it was the right decision.

For Payton, his season is now. Simply accepting the decision to be suspended would have been foolish. Asking for an appeal to fully understand the parameters of the suspension gives all involved the chance to figure out how to get through what might be the craziest year in Saints ...

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