Coach Sean Payton has matured greatly in fourth year with New Orleans Saints

Although it’s hard to tell because of his business-like approach, Sean Payton is reveling in the joy of every one of these history-making New Orleans Saints victories — briefly, anyway — just as he’s feeling the pressure that grows with each passing week.
Michael DeMocker/The Times-PicayuneSean Payton has come a long way since the New Orleans Saints’ impressive victory against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium in 2006, his first year as head coach. Until this season, it may have been his defining moment as a coach. He’s proud of the accomplishments, and he gets pumped up, exchanging high fives and emphatic shouts of congratulations with players, coaches and friends after victories. He also gets frustrated and concerned with mistakes.

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