Rams CB Mar­cus Peters to Saints coach Pay­ton: ‘Keep talk­ing’

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS - BY GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer

THOU­SAND OAKS — Cor­ner­back Mar­cus Peters crit­i­cized him­self for play­ing poorly when his Los An­ge­les Rams lost at New Or­leans last week­end.

That doesn’t mean Saints coach Sean Pay­ton can say any­thing about it, how­ever.

Peters re­acted sharply in the Rams’ locker room Thurs­day when asked about postgame com­ments by Pay­ton in which the vet­eran coach said the Saints liked the matchup of re­ceiver Michael Thomas go­ing against Peters, a for­mer Pro Bowl se­lec­tion. Peters also claimed Pay­ton said some­thing to him or his team­mates dur­ing New Or­leans’ 45-35 vic­tory.

“Tell Sean Pay­ton to keep talk­ing that (ex­ple­tive),” Peters said.

“We’re go­ing to see him soon. You feel me?”

New Or­leans sent the Rams (8-1) to their first de­feat of the sea­son with a 487-yard o en­sive game last Sun­day.

Thomas caught 12 passes for 211 yards and a touch­down, none big­ger than the 72-yard touch­down catch on which he burned past Peters to seal the win. All told, Thomas made six catches when Peters was in cov­er­age on him.

“They were go­ing to travel Mar­cus to him, and that was fine by us,” Pay­ton said af­ter­ward. “We thought we re­ally liked that matchup, a lot.”

Peters re­peat­edly blamed him­self for hav­ing a bad game, and he re­fused to echo de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Wade Phillips’ claim that he had put to­gether a poor scheme that didn’t help Peters.

Af­ter a few sec­onds to think about it Thurs­day, Peters had more to say about Pay­ton.

“Yeah, be­cause I liked what he was say­ing on the side­lines, too,” Peters said. “So tell him, keep talk­ing that (ex­ple­tive), and I hope he sees me soon. And then we’re go­ing to have a nice lit­tle bowl of gumbo to­gether.”

Peters didn’t elab­o­rate on what Pay­ton said on the side­line, but that de­li­cious din­ner date is a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity for Jan­uary.

The Saints (7-1) and the Rams are the only one-loss teams in the NFC, putting both on track for firstround post­sea­son byes if they can main­tain their out­stand­ing starts.

In this Nov. 4, file photo, New Or­leans Saints wide re­ceiver Michael Thomas (13) pulls in a pass against Los An­ge­les Rams cor­ner­back Mar­cus Peters (22) dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game in New Or­leans. AP PHOTO/BILL FEIG

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