Although they could end up with a record of 11-5, yet still only have a wild card spot, the New Orleans Saints aren’t too worried about it. Head coach Sean Payton spoke with ESPN about the possibility of not having a top-4 seed.
“That was a big hot topic here for us in 2010,” Payton said Wednesday. “I kind of like the way it is set up right now. You might argue that we are one of the only sports with the byes. You could add a team or two wild cards. There is going to be a handful that maybe don’t make it that are playing well with good records. [But] I think, we, like anything else, we just look at the schedule, ‘What are the rules? What does it take to get in? And then let’s go compete and make sure we give ourselves a chance to do that.’
The Saints may not be concerned about the playoff seeds right now, they are only worried about one thing. This Sunday’s game.
“So for this weekend, we are not really looking at the scenarios, the records. We are looking at playing our best game here [against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday]. We are coming back home, taking advantage of what we get when we play at home and playing a good football game.”
Do you think the Saints should be worried about the seeding system, or should it not be much of a concern for them? It’s tough for them because the four top records in the NFC hail from the West and South conferences.