MOBILE, Ala. – Amid 45 minutes of contrite, turn-the-page talk, coach Sean Payton said all the right things to soothe the savage feelings that New Orleans Saints fans have for the NFL right now.
In other words, Payton did NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a serious solid in his return news conference on Wednesday at the Senior Bowl. As Goodell and the rest of the NFL set to descend upon New Orleans in force in the next few days, more than a few people have wondered if some ex-lax might get cooked into Goodell's bread pudding.
If not worse.
Instead, Payton, when asked how New Orleans should receive the commissioner, paved the way for a more peaceable week for Goodell and other league folk.
"I think it should be the same way our city has hosted the previous nine Super Bowls," said Payton, who was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday after serving a season-long suspension for his role in the team's bounty scandal.
In other words: As much as Saints fans might want revenge, don't screw up the Super Bowl business.