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DeHaven on Saints onsides kick

Posted by Chris Brown on February 13, 2010 – 9:00 am

Bills special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven was one of the few people that was not surprised to see the Saints take an onsides kick to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV.

“I was not surprised at all,” he said. “Not surprised at all. I coached with Sean (Payton) for three years down in Dallas and I know his personality and I was not surprised at all that you got something like that from him. That’s the deal in this league, there are big risks and big rewards in those situations.”

Of course DeHaven recognized the flip side of that coin had it not worked in the Saints favor, knowing down four they would’ve given the ball to Peyton Manning near midfield.

“He’s the goat if they don’t get the onsides kick,” said DeHaven of Payton. “And forever people are talking about what a bad decision that was to kick that onsides kick.”


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