Sean Payton Not Only Coach Who Got Hurt

October 17th, 2011

It was the strangest sight Joe had ever seen. An offensive coordinator, a head coach, sitting on a bench calling plays. When Saints coach Sean Payton got rolled up and blew out a knee and suffered a broken leg Sunday, Joe can only imagine that may have affected in some way the Saints offense.

But Payton wasn’t the only coach who blew a knee.

Bucs secondary coach Jimmy Lake blew out a knee as well as reported by
Victoria Horchak of

Lake injured his patella tendon during his celebration of an interception by Tanard Jackson in the second quarter. The injury will require surgery which he will undergo once the team returns from London. When asked about his injury he kind of brushed it off.

“I am feeling fine,” Lake said. “I am feeling fine. It is just stiffer than anything. I got the Cadillac Williams injury. It is the patella tendon. I will have surgery right when I get back from London.”

With Lake not being able to be on the sidelines for the remainder of the game, the team turned to veteran player Ronde Barber to assist in the relaying of information to the defense on the field. Barber was seen on the field wearing a headset after the injury to Lake. According to Barber, he was not play-calling, but rather just relaying the calls of what coach said in his ear to his teammates.

Joe too saw Ronde Barber wearing a headset at one point and thought not much more of it. Joe wonders if the NFL has some rule about players wearing a headset? The league sure gets bent over smartphones on the sideline.

Joe always sees players wearing earphones but never headsets.

6 Responses to “Sean Payton Not Only Coach Who Got Hurt”

  1. Mauha Deeb Says:

    Lake pulled a Gramatica. He is a big time DB coach, man. The next on a long tree of coaches that coming out of TB.

  2. Vince Says:

    I think the craft vet Ronde may have a future in coaching DB’s.

  3. flmike Says:

    @Vince, I always thought it was his next logical step, retire and immediately become the Bucs DB coach.

  4. Dave Says:

    JOE: I have seen plenty of QBs with headsets on in the past, not sure about other players.

  5. Brandon Says:

    I’m pretty sure most backup QBs wear the headsets during the games.

    As for Ronde being a DB coach, great idea, but he may have made way too much money in his career to ever consider a coaching job.

  6. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Whatever we pay Ronde Barber, he is worth every penny.