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Payton will remain Saints' head coach through 2012

Updated: September 14, 2008, 7:11 PM ET
Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- Had the New Orleans Saints won, they could have celebrated both the victory and Sean Payton's new contract.

As it was, word that the team's owners had given the coach an extension through the 2012 season was merely some good news that tempered a sour day.

"I'm grateful to the Saints and the Benson family for that opportunity and the confidence they have in myself," Payton said following Sunday's 29-24 loss to the Washington Redskins. "And we're going to work ...

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