Saints downplay impact of missing coaches in 26-7 defeat

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Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns sacks New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints were plenty short-handed on Sunday. They were without eight assistant coaches because of COVID-19 concerns and seven projected starters because of injuries. But coach Sean Payton said that’s no excuse for the team’s lopsided 26-7 loss to the NFC South rival Panthers.

The Saints were outgained 383 to 128 and Jameis Winston was sacked four times and threw two interceptions as the Saints managed just six first downs. Payton said that while he had to make adjustments, the loss “had nothing to do with” the Saints behind short-handed.

(Story via The Associated Press)

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