METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Sean Payton struggled to be diplomatic about the NFL's handling of the Saints' game in London last weekend, railing against everything from the "sloppy" field conditions to a cramped flight home on a plane "that's over 30 years old."
The Saints left London on a charter flight Monday afternoon, the day after a crucial 37-32 victory over the San Diego Chargers in what was a designated "home" game for New Orleans.
Payton said the people in England and the fans at the game "were great," and went on to say there were some positive aspects of the team's trip, such as exposing fans overseas to the best level of American football.
However, it was clear yesterday that he was discouraged by some of the logistical challenges his team met while trying to prepare for an important contest that counted in the standings.
Payton said the trip was particularly hard on trainers as well as staff handling players' equipment, video equipment and computers, estimating that some of them worked "14- or 15-hour nights on a turnaround, moving it from one place to another."