Payton is setting a tone that looks to get past all things "Bountygate," rather than use his exile as a motivating factor.
"I think the early returns on Sean Payton's enthusiasm and verve for the New Orleans Saints job are extremely positive," Peter King of SI.com wrote Monday. "He's Mr. Positive, from what I hear, instead of Mr. Bitter."
That assessment dovetails with everything coming out of the Saints' facility. Punter Thomas Morstead told the Times-Picayune recently that Payton had some "negative" energy that was pent up on his first day back at work, and then moved on.
"He got it out. Then it was, 'Let's roll,'" Morstead said.
It's been a while since things have been normal in New Orleans. Instead of using last year's drama as a rallying cry, Payton seems eager to turn the page.Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.