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Sean Payton told the NFL Network that if the league doesn’t make changes to its instant replay system or officiating this offseason, “then ownership is saying they’re comfortable with what happened a year ago.”
The New Orleans Saints coach was obviously referencing the missed pass interference call that helped cost his team a trip to the Super Bowl in January. But he didn’t stop with just that one play. He also suggested officials should be hired on a full-time basis instead of part-time.
“There are a handful of things that we’ve got to be better at right now,” Payton said while making some of his strongest comments yet on the subject during an interview from the league meetings in Phoenix. “Our best at playing and our best at coaching are spending 20 hours, 18 hours a day. Our best at officiating, it’s their second job. That has to change, because it’s too hard, there’s too much at stake for someone who’s a teacher at a school, who’s a florist, an attorney. That’s backward thinking.
“And really as we move forward into the next 10 years, for instance, of our game, where do we want officiating? With