Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; The New Orleans Saints players celebrate with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and head coach Sean Payton following a fourth down interception against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says teams are in a race to fix mistakes


According to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, who is returning from his year long suspension, NFL teams all face the same dilemma after week one.

“We just played our first game here last weekend and we are getting ready to play Tampa Bay,” Payton told Pro Football Talk Live. “We all find ourselves in a race — and I mean literally a race — to make corrections and quickly to get ready for the second game but also the long haul, and I think we are one of those teams there is a lot on tape that we’ve got to get cleaned up.”

The Saints got off to about as good of a start as possible. They held quarterback Matt Ryan and the division rival Atlanta Falcons to just three scores in a 23-17 season-opening victory.

“I think defensively we gave up some chunk plays,” Payton told PFT.  “Two-thirds of their rushing total came on one run, a couple of their pass plays quickly changed field position, and then lastly twice we had great field position from a punt return but there was a penalty that all of the sudden negates the return, and the field position we find ourseleves on our own 18 or 20 instead of midfield, so the hidden yardage in the special teams is something that we really need to clean up.”

The Saints will take on the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay Sunday at 4:05 pm EST.

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