Dec 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) reacts after having a field goal attempt blocked by St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (not pictured) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Saints 27-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton ‘looking closely’ at Charles Brown, Garrett Hartley


The New Orleans Saints were shocked on the road against the St. Louis Rams. At one point, Saints head coach Sean Payton benched left tackle Charles Brown. His man, Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, sacked Brees twice, forced a fumble and provided pressure that let to an interception. Brown also was called for two penalties, one of which took a Saints touchdown off the board.

Kicker Garrett Hartley was another player who was off his game. He had a field goal blocked and then shanked one late in the game. The Rams, like the Saints, play in a dome without the elements.

Brown was benched and Payton had a simple explanation.

“I saw enough,” Payton said, via WWLTV.com. “I saw enough, period. It was enough penalties, pressures, sacks. It was enough. At some point you can’t just keep watching it. Feelings get hurt, it is tough.”

Payton wouldn’t elaborate on on the future of the two players, but said they were looking closely at every element.

“I think we are looking closely at every element,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I told the team in the team meeting we are looking closely at each aspect of this team. I just think it’s important for us to do that, whether it’s a tackle position or whether it’s a player on defense. The one thing I know I don’t want to do is repeat the process over and over again.”

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