Sean Payton’s Book Coming in June

Sean Payton sits down with Ellen to discuss his upcoming book.

That’s right..Sean Payton has joined the literary ranks and is writing his own book.

The book, titled Home Team, tells Payton’s chronicle as an assistant coach in the NFL to finally finding a home in New Orleans and reaching the Super Bowl with the Saints. Co-authored with Ellis Henican, the book includes anecdotes from Payton’s Dallas days from the recent Super Bowl.

The book is scheduled to be released June 29th, according to’s website.

Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune describes a scene from media day at the Super Bowl in which Payton was given the opportunity to make a very good point about the team’s attitude going into the big game.

Payton, who co-wrote the book with author Ellis Henican, said he didn’t have any problem with players going out on Monday night since there was no practice scheduled for Tuesday.

“I’m not naive,” the coach wrote. “If I were a player, that’s the night I’d be going out. But I’d damn sure make the Tuesday morning bus.”

Five players apparently didn’t – (cornerback Tracey) Porter, safeties Roman Harper and Usama Young, defensive end Bobby McCray and offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod.

While team officials and position coaches frantically tried to hunt them down and team and league public relations officials frantically tried to get Payton and his players up to the podiums at the scheduled time, Payton recognized a golden opportunity.

“What the players had done really wasn’t that big a deal,” he wrote. “Monday was the night they were supposed to go drinking. Tuesday was just Media Day. It was all unimportant. Who cares what time Media Day activities are supposed to begin? Believe me, the media will wait. And one by one, the five missing players begin to show up. This is going to be a teaching moment. Teaching by confrontation. …

“We were going to have a little emergency meeting just as soon as the last straggler arrived. It was Tracy Porter. Finally he appeared in the locker room. All the doors were closed. I began to speak.

“‘You guys,'” I said, starting softly. “‘You guys remind me of a team that’s just happy to be here. … There’s a lot of things I don’t do well. But I have very good intuition. It’d gotten me to this point in my career. Part of that is developed. Part of it’s innate. But I can, and I do, pay attention. And I have a good sense of what is going on here. … My intuition tells me you guys are in for a rude awakening this coming weekend. I can smell an ass kickin’ on the way. I can smell a team that looks like they’re just happy to be in the Super Bowl. You guys reek of that team.'”

Payton said he didn’t shout, but his comments were personal and direct, and he called out a few players by name – including the three defensive backs who were late.

“‘Do you honestly think (Indianapolis Colts receiver) Pierre Garcon and (expletive) Dallas Clark and these other guys from the Colts are out to the wee hours?'” Payton recalled saying. “‘Late for Media Day? You’re late. You’re (expletive) clueless. You got no idea.'”

The Saints were now 30 minutes late for their scheduled interview time – with hundreds of reporters assuming there was a delay because the weather had pushed the interviews inside. But Payton said he didn’t care. His speech went on to include assistant coaches and the overall “happy to be here” attitude he sensed and “giddiness” he had seen on the bus rides and in the hotel lobby.
“‘Let me know if you’re gonna party all week, because I’ll go drink red wine at the Prime, too,'”

Payton recalled saying. “‘We’re not gonna get vested in a game plan if this is the way we’re gonna go. Ah, hell, I’ll go get (expletive)-up with the rest of you. Is that what we’re here for?'”

Payton then ended his rant by passing on a message from his mentor and current Miami Dolphins president Parcells, who had watched the team practice Monday but declined an invitation to speak with the Saints since he is currently working for another team.

“Bill’s message wasn’t something he dreamed up alone,” Payton wrote. “It dates back decades before him. It sounds to me like pure Vince Lombardi, but it probably goes back even further than that. I told the players: ‘Here’s what Bill Parcells said. He said, When the band stops playing and the crowd stops cheering – when people stop paying to come – and it’s quiet and all you’re left with is yourself, and you’ve gotta be able to answer the question, Did I do my best? Did I do everything (expletive) possible to win this game?'”

Parcells, who won two Super Bowls as a coach and lost one, emphasized his point by saying that the mistakes he made in the loss will “haunt” him forever.

Payton said the players were silent in the locker room by that point. When he finished, he said quarterback Drew Brees followed up by calling a players-only meeting so he could give his own motivational speech. Then they finally went in for interviews.

“When we went to work Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, everyone was focused. No one was just happy to be there,” Payton wrote. “Rather than holding a phony meeting on Tuesday, the players gave me a perfect opportunity to create a crisis. They delivered it to me in a golden wrapper.”

The Dallas Morning News also reported on the book, but instead focusing on Payton’s time with Dallas, including some interesting information on other coaching possibilities that were available to Payton and also praise for mentor Bill Parcells and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has high praise for former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells in his new book Home Team, calling Parcells “brilliant” and describing him as having “the best coaching instincts” of anyone with which he has ever coached.

Payton paints owner Jerry Jones in a favorable light when relaying anecdotes of Jones describing Payton’s value to the Cowboys’ organization and advising him on his coaching future in the NFL.

Payton spends two chapters of the 288-page book on his time as an assistant coach with the Cowboys. Here are a few Dallas-related highlights from the new book, which is slated to go on sale July 6:

— Payton says one of Parcells’ best coaching jobs ever came in 2003 when the Cowboys finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and a playoff berth.

— Parcells discouraged Payton from taking the Raiders’ head coaching position after the 2004 season. Bill Callahan , Jon Gruden and John Fox also advised Payton against making the move.

— A day after being offered the Oakland head coaching job, Jones called Payton to come over to his house so the two could talk. As Payton puts it in the book, “If Jerry’s the last guy you see before you make a decision, you’re probably going to stay with him.” After the meeting, Payton called his wife, Beth, and his agent to tell them he wanted to remain with the Cowboys. He also received a new contract that day.

— Jones gave Payton his blessing when Payton accepted the Saints head coaching job before the 2006 season. Jones told Payton his reward, “could be bigger than you ever dreamed.”

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