Sean Payton walked off the field after the first game against Tampa Bay feeling relieved and dejected.
His Saints managed to beat Tampa Bay, which was good, but he felt like he called one of the worst games of his career. The type of runs, the timing of things -- none of it went together and told the flowing kind of story he likes to tell with his play calling.
Payton figured it out. The game he called during Sunday’s 38-3 win over the Bucs was one of his finest moments as a coach. He was at his creative best, consistently moving and misplacing Tampa Bay defenders to create advantages through formational changes, a variety of personnel groupings and motions.