Roughing the passer penalties have taken center stage since the regular season kicked off three weeks ago.
The glare is bright enough that NFL.com's Judy Battista reported some members of the NFL Competition Committee are uncomfortable with the calls.
Payton, however, took a moment during his Wednesday teleconference to address the league's emphasis on preventing defensive players from placing their body weight on quarterbacks during a sack or tackle. The Saints head coach conceded there have been some calls that were incorrect, but he didn't believe the rule needed to be tweaked.
"No," Payton told reporters. "Listen, I think the point of emphasis in the offseason was very simple and that was avoiding the player intentionally placing all the weight on the quarterback. So, have we seen some that have been flagged that should not have been? Absolutely."
Officiating crews determine during a game which plays draw the yellow flag, of course, and 34 such infractions have been called around the league.
In the meantime, the committee will hold a regularly scheduled teleconference next week. Whether there are any changes to the wording of the rule's emphasis or how it is being called remains to be seen.
But the Saints head coach pointed out there is a lack of uniformity on how the rule is currently being called by officiating crews.
"I think it's more about the consistency from crew to crew, and the message from crew to crew to get that on the same page," Payton said. "And that's with any new rule, but I think that's the biggest challenge."