The NFL has approved Sean Payton to attend the Sunday Night Football game between the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints. Payton is officially forbidden to have any contact with Saints players, as part of his suspension, following the bounty scandal, uncovered during the 2012 offseason. Payton’s attendance would primarily be to show support for Drew Brees as the QB attempts to break the record for consecutive games with a touchdown, held by Johnny Unitas.
Although the league has forbidden any contact with Saints players, NFL officials have confirmed that, if the record is broken, Brees would be able to visit the suite where the coach is sitting after the game. Brees initiated the request that the suspended coach be allowed to attend. Brees also requested that assistant Joe Vitt and GM Mickey Loomis be able to attend. The request was granted, but the invitation was declined by Vitt and Loomis who cited issues with the NFL as a reason for their absence.
Brees and Payton have been one of the most successful coach/QB combos in the league, since 2006 when Brees was signed by the Saints. New Orleans is feeling the absence of Payton this season, as they have begun 0-4 while Brees is sporting the lowest completion percentage of his career.