‘We need to have better eyes’ - Payton couldn’t believe how much trouble Saints had defending the bootleg

‘We need to have better eyes’ - Payton couldn’t believe how much trouble Saints had defending the bootleg
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 27: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on against the Green Bay Packers during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 27, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) (POOL PHOTO) (Source: Sean Gardner)

METAIRIE, La. (WAFB) - The NFL is known as a “copycat” league and if the Saints can’t sure up a specific part of their defense, they can expect to see more of it this Sunday, according to head coach Sean Payton.

The bootleg is a play that’s been around for decades and it’s a good bet that every NFL player has either been in an offense that ran it or been a part of a defense that’s had to stop it.

Green Bay ran it over and over again with success against the Saints defense last Sunday in the 37-30 loss for New Orleans. After looking at the film, Payton couldn’t believe how much difficulty his players had with stopping it.

“It will continue to be on the rise if we continue to defend it the way we have," said Payton. "We need to have better eyes. We know we need to have much better eyes relative to what we’re doing. Honestly, we looked like a high school team defending the bootleg the other night and that was kind of embarrassing. So, that has to get corrected.”

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The Saints (1-2) travel to Detroit for a noon kickoff Sunday against the Lions (1-2). The game will be shown on FOX.

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