Payton cracking down on penalties

Saints coach Sean Payton isn't happy about the increase in penalties for his team this year and he's starting to do something about it.

Although he was happy with his team's 31-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, Saints coach Sean Payton was a bit upset over one aspect of their performance.

That would be 13 penalties for 123 yards, both highs during Payton's 38-game reign (counting playoffs) with the team. The 13 flags brought the Saints to 29 in the first four games of the season, a problem Payton promised to correct before it becomes a much bigger problem.

The Saints had seven penalties in their season opener against Tampa Bay, which was also played in the Superdome, which may have a little to do with Payton's concern.

In between those games, the Saints played in two of the biggest and most hostile stadiums in the NFL in Washington and Denver and had a total of just nine penalties. With 29 total, they're way ahead of the last two years when they had just 79 and 68, respectively, in 16-game schedules.

"Thirteen penalties (are) really unacceptable and is something we have to work on," said Payton, whose team averaged just 4.6 penalties a game prior to this year. "That will cost us down the road if we can't get that corrected."

Payton, who said Monday that he would work on the penalty problem, especially those of the pre-snap variety during practice this week, delivered Wednesday when the offense was ordered to take a lap around the field after an offside penalty.

In the win over the 49ers, the offense had six penalties and the defense had five.

"It just looks sloppy," Payton said. "The pre-snap penalties — the undisciplined penalties — bother me because when those happen, your chances of scoring a field goal or touchdown on that drive diminish greatly. (Thirteen) are far too many."


  • TE Jeremy Shockey, who underwent surgery on Sept. 23 to repair a sports hernia, will be sidelined Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings and will be out another one-to-three weeks.

  • WR Marques Colston will miss his fourth straight game this week because of a torn ligament in his left thumb.

  • CB Aaron Glenn did not practice again Thursday because of a strained ligament in his right ankle and has been ruled out for Monday night.

  • WR David Patten did not participate in Thursday's practice and was ruled out of Monday night's game by coach Sean Payton.

  • FS Chris Reis, an important special teams contributor, did not practice again Thursday because of a hamstring problem.

  • DT Sedrick Ellis went through individual drills Thursday, but was sent to the locker room after he heard a click in his right knee and was listed as did not participate.

  • CB Randall Gay, who has a strained right hamstring, worked on a limited basis again Thursday and could be ready for Monday night's game.

  • C Jonathan Goodwin was limited again in Thursday's practice after playing last week with a hamstring injury.

  • FB Mike Karney worked limited on Thursday despite a sprained right ankle that sidelined him last Sunday.

  • TE Mark Campbell was limited in practice Thursday as he tries to come back from a hamstring injury.

  • LB Troy Evans, who continues to play with a sprained ankle, worked limited Thursday.

  • RB Aaron Stecker has missed the first four games with a hamstring injury, but he worked on a limited basis for the second straight day Thursday.

  • WR Terrance Copper was limited in practice Thursday with a hamstring injury.

  • FB Olaniyi Sobomehin has a shoulder injury, but worked Thursday on a limited basis.

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