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Payton asks Hash to deliver message to Horn

December 11, 2007 2:11 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton didn't particularly enjoy being trashed in the newspaper by Falcons wide receiver Joe Horn on Sunday. And shortly after Monday's 34-14 victory, he asked the Hashmarks editorial staff to send a message to his former wide receiver.

"Tell Horn to look at [David] Patten's numbers next to his," Payton said. "And also tell him to compare salaries."

Moments earlier, Payton attempted to temper his remarks during a postgame news conference. He said releasing Horn after last season was a "tough decision," but noted that Patten had done a good job replacing him.

"I like the tradeoff if you're asking me," Payton deadpanned.

On Monday, Patten had nine catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. Horn had two catches for eight yards. In a classic moment, Payton challenged Horn's 5-yard catch that gave the Falcons a third-and-3 at their 27-yard line. The Saints were already up, 31-7, at the time.

In the Atlanta Journal Constitution story Sunday, Horn was quoted saying, "I just don't think [coach] Sean Payton wanted me back. I asked to be released because I felt betrayed by a head coach who wanted to prove he could win without Joe Horn."

Actually, Payton sort of proved that last season. Horn had only 37 catches for 679 yards and four touchdowns for the Saints. But that didn't prevent him from throwing Payton under the bus.

"Sooner or later, I don't care what profession you in, when you get power and you know you have power and you act like you're The Man, it will come back and bite you in the #####," continued Horn. "So basically, it's the chicken coming home to roost. That's what it is. I'm talking about that genius that they hired in New Orleans."

Told of the message Payton asked us to deliver to Horn, Patten said, "That's some deep-seeded animosity between those two. Sean's young and still has some fire in his belly."

And for the record, Horn signed a four-year contract with the Falcons that guaranteed him $7.5 million over the first two years. The Saints signed Patten to a one-year deal worth the veterans' minimum of $820,000.

For the season, Patten has 40 catches for 627 yards and two touchdowns. Horn has 24 catches for 211 yards and no touchdowns.

I stopped by the Falcons locker room to deliver the message to Horn, but he was already gone. Fortunately for Payton, Horn reads Hashmarks on a daily basis.

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falconva7 (12/11/2007)
I'm sorry but I never liked the Horn signing and this just annoys me. He hasn't done anything this year to be talking...

Yeah, I don't like Payton, but to be able to talk the talk, you have to be able to prove yourself as well, which Horn hasn't done. Still think it was a good decision to sign him though.

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Welcome to Atlanta (12/11/2007)
I'm not convinced that without Horn, Roddy would be having such a great season. I'm extremely happy we signed him, but his on-field production is horrible.

I think Hue Jackson is the main reason for Roddy's progression and not so much Horn.

Without Jackson, the Bengals Wr's took a step back.

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clownorg (12/11/2007)
Welcome to Atlanta (12/11/2007)
I'm not convinced that without Horn, Roddy would be having such a great season. I'm extremely happy we signed him, but his on-field production is horrible.

I think Hue Jackson is the main reason for Roddy's progression and not so much Horn.

Without Jackson, the Bengals Wr's took a step back.

Sometimes I wonder if maybe the Bengals recievers are just trying to get out of Cincinnatti and follow Hue here.

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