The Saints coach acknowledged Wednesday his punishment was "unprecedented" and "stands out" because of it, but Payton believes that it won't diminish what the franchise has achieved since he took over in 2006.
"I don't think it at all tarnishes the accomplishments of this team," Payton told ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" show. "When it's all said and done, and we look at this stretch, however long this stretch goes, I think the accomplishments and what we do and how we earn what we earn on the field, is most important and what's most remembered."
Asked why he accepted his suspension, while his players fought tirelessly to have their names cleared, Payton said the presence of an active union helped the athletes. Payton argued the "process is different" with the NFL Coaches Association.
"For me to be removed from it for eight months," Payton said. "I wasn't going to able to spend months feeling that same anger without going crazy, and I think it's going to be important for all of us to move forward."