In an interview last week, Payton, suspended for the year for his role in the NFL's latest morality play, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he's keeping sharp by coaching his son's sixth-grade football team at Liberty Christian in Argyle.
T-P: What's your role with Connor's team, offensive assistant? How has it been so far?
PAYTON: "I run the offense. The head coach is Brennan Hardy, who does a great job. We had our first game Saturday, and we won 30-0. Obviously it's a completely different element. Yet you get just as excited to see the team you're a part of do well. It was about 110 degrees on the Astroturf, I was just glad no one melted. But it was a good win for us to start the season. We scored a lot of points and created some turnovers. And they get excited about it, which is great to see."
T-P: What's the most exotic play you threw in there?
PAYTON: "We have 12 plays on the wristband. The terminology is the same as we used in New Orleans. The kids said, 'This looks hard.' But I said, 'I've seen your homework. That's a lot harder.' And they've done a great job with it."
They've still got some work to do, however, as he told the University of North Texas football team last month.
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"I've got kids looking at dandelions and picking their boogers," Payton said. "I'm trying to put in 50 plays."