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After Further Review: Payton makes bold move in Brown benching

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(AP Photo) Payton made a bold move to bench Charles Brown for rookie Terron Armstead. (AP Photo) Payton made a bold move to bench Charles Brown for rookie Terron Armstead.

New Orleans -- In his post game press conference following his team's stunning 27-16 loss to St. Louis, Saints Head Coach Sean Payton was refreshingly honest, direct and even vulnerable. For the first time maybe ever, Payton didn't try to hide his frustration or shock over his team's performance.

He promised that he was going to look closely at key players in certain positions.

We found out this week it wasn't just an emotional outburst. Payton was telling the truth.

The first came Tuesday in a move to waive Garrett Hartley. The second came Wednesday when Payton announced he was benching left tackle Charles Brown for rookie Terron Armstead against Carolina.

Move one was difficult but understandable. Move two was a bit more daring and surprising.

"It's time to see what he can do," Payton said of Armstead Wednesday.

True, but also true is that we have not seen much of him at all this season. Armstead has only been active four games and has yet to play a single offensive snap. He was easily beaten out by Brown in the left tackle battle this preseason and was not the player Payton called upon to fill in for Brown during Sunday's meltdown despite him being available.

Plus, the offensive line is the most cohesive unit on a team. That group more than any other must be in sync with each other. Let's not forget that this isn't the Dallas Cowboys they're facing; it's the Panthers, a formidable front four who's out for revenge.

None of this is new news to Payton, which clearly shows he'd been feeling this way for a while.

As he said Wednesday his team doesn't make moves for effect. That I believe, there's just too much on the line at this point in the year. You can bench a player in week four to send a message. You bench a starting left tackle in week 16, with the division championship on the line because you believe he doesn't give you the best chance to win.

It is no doubt a bold move and one that Payton has shown in the past he's not afraid to make. And if we are being fair, Payton made many more right decisions when it comes to players than wrong ones. He normally trusts his instincts and they usually are correct.

On Sunday in Carolina, we will see if he's right once again.

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