Panthers-Saints Preview: Sean Payton and “Men Who Stare At Goats”

October 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

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Carolina @ New Orleans (-13½) The Saints were a 29-yard Garrett Hartley field goal away from an overtime win over Atlanta and the outright lead in the NFC South. Unfortunately, Hartley hooked the attempt and the Falcons won on Matt Bryant's 46-yard kick just seconds after Bryant's first attempt was blocked, a play that was nullified by Sean Payton's timeout just beforehand.
"There's 'icing the kicker,'" Payton said, "and then there's 'icing the cake,' which is what I did by calling that timeout. Trust me, it was tough facing the team after my bonehead mistake. It felt like a scene from the movie Men Who Stare at Goats.
Now, Hartley may find himself fighting for his job unless he can quickly remedy this habit of hooking easy field goals. If he can't get the job done, I'll have no qualms about releasing him, though. And I won't feel sorry for him. Heck, this is New Orleans. A good hooker can easily find work here."

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