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Saints point to return of “genius” coach for 4-0 start

Sean Payton

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks at his play chart in the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)


The difference in feeling in New Orleans from this time a year ago is obvious.

“Oh-and-4 to 4-0, I’d say this feels better,” quarterback Drew Brees said.

And so is the reason for the flip, the return of coach Sean Payton, who has his team playing like nothing we saw from them during his suspension.

Running back Darren Sproles, who was moved around like a chess piece to remarkable effect last night, said of his coach “He’s a genius.”

“He’s our lead man,” Brees explained, via Ashley Fox of “I tell you what, from the moment he stepped back in the facility in April, he’s been locked in. He’s never let an opportunity go by without communicating a message. He has not let anything go unsaid. Maybe that’s the perspective coming off last year. Maybe it’s just feeling like he hasn’t been around, so he wants to make sure everything is communicated, especially to a lot of these young players, about our program and what we do on a daily basis, our work ethic, building a foundation, the history.

“I feel like we’re building some history here.”

And after making the wrong kind a year ago, it’s history they’re glad to be making.