Sean Payton opens up on Saints bounty scandal
By Sean Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org March 27, 2012 9:20AM
Updated: March 27, 2012 11:32AM
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who attended Naperville Central and Eastern Illinois, spoke candidly about his role in his team’s bounty scandal Tuesday morning at the NFL Owners meeting.
“You’re disappointed in yourself that it got to this point then I think we’re trained as coaches to begin preparation right away,” Payton said. “I find myself reflecting on it. You go through a lot of emotions.”
Payton was suspended a year for his role in the bounty scandal, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the coach has until April 2 to file an appeal.
Payton hasn’t decided whether he will or not.
“I’m trying to get through all of that very quickly and then I think by the end of this month we’ll make the decision on that,” he said.
As for rumors that he’s asked Bill Parcells to coach the Saints, Payton said he speaks to his mentor every offseason.
“We’ll be considering all options,” Payton said.
As for his future, Payton said he certainly would return to the Saints for the 2013 season.