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January 23, 2013

Saints' Sean Payton returns to work at Senior Bowl

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"I think he had a different view of the game and he's going to use that to his" advantage, Evans said.

One advantage of the forced hiatus for Payton was getting to coach his son's youth league team for two practices and a game each week.

"We got to the Super Bowl but we lost that game," Payton said. "I needed those players on that team probably more than they needed me."

He has had quite a bit of success with big boy football, too.

Payton, who recently signed a five-year contract extension through 2017, has steered the franchise to its most successful period, including three NFC South division titles and four postseason appearances. Two of his teams advanced to the NFC Championship and the 2009 squad won Super Bowl XLIV.

He said the challenges of rebuilding after a losing season will be painful and that his comeback won't guarantee an immediate return to winning.

Payton said the Saints' struggles defensively and running the ball early in the season, along with problems with special teams at times, made it tough to win — with or without the bounty scandal.

Payton, citing advice from Bill Parcells, noted that his presence won't mean an automatic return to big success. It was the Saints first losing season since 2007

"Coach Parcells said to me that this mind-set that you're back and all of a sudden you're back to winning 11, 12, 13 games doesn't exist, because you very well could win five the next year," he said. "He's right. We've got a lot of things we've got to correct to get to where we want to go. That's just the truth."

He said he hadn't started talking to Loomis regarding any possible changes in the coaching staff . The rest of the staff conducted its evaluation of the offense on Tuesday.

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