Tim Hightower

Pumped-up Payton coaches Saints to 49-21 rout of Rams

Perhaps New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton hasn't moved on, judging by his raised arms, vigorous fist-pumps, emphatic high-fives and searing glares across the field.

Perhaps he was just being diplomatic this past week, when he called Rams' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams a good coach and downplayed the significance of their first game against one another since Payton fired Williams after the 2011 season — months before they both wound up suspended in the NFL's probe of a cash-for-hits bounty program that Williams told league investigators he'd encouraged.

How else to explain why Payton looked more animated than any fan in the Superdome while the offense he...