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Payton won’t say if he’ll call plays from booth

Sean Payton

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton arrives for news conference on crutches at the NFL football team’s training facility in Metairie, La., Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. This Payton’s first event since breaking his left leg on the sidelines during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)


Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael called his first game on Sunday night against the Colts.

It worked out fairly well: The team won 62-7.

Head coach Sean Payton isn’t saying whether Carmichael will keep the role in the short term while Payton watches the game from the coaches booth. Payton doesn’t want to give the team’s next opponent (St. Louis) a better feel for the playcaller.

Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune believes Payton will take the role back. Payton made general suggestions last week during the game largely because he was out early last week when the gameplan was decided.

Payton focused his energy during last week on motivational aspects. He told the Saints that they haven’t lived up to their potential as a team yet.

“It was the thinking that at some point here if we’re wanting to be a really, really good football team, we need to see it,” Payton said.

Whatever the Saints did last week, it worked. We’d be afraid to make any changes after that game.