From the moment the NFL pulled the sheet off the Saints bounty case, the NFL accused Saints coach Sean Payton of telling his staff to "get your ducks in a row" when the league first investigated the situation in early 2010.
Here's how we explained it on March 7, quoting from the NFL's initial report: "When NFL Security went to interview Saints employees, coach Sean Payton instructed his staff to 'get your ducks in a row.' The report doesn't elaborate on the meaning of Payton's remark; he quite possibly was telling the assistant coaches to get their stories (or, as the case may be, their categorical denials) straight."
But the NFL elaborated on"get your ducks in a row" two weeks later, explaining in the statement announcing Payton's suspension that he "encourage[d] the false denials by instructing assistants to 'make sure our ducks are in a row.'"
On Friday's PFT Live, I asked Payton whether he said "get your ducks in a row," and if so what he meant by that.
Payton explains "ducks in a row" comment
Pro Football Talk | Jan 27