Despite the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, in the wild-card rounf of the NFC playoffs, New Orleans Sainst head coach sean Payton remains optimistic about the team's future. Mike Triplett, of the Times-Picayune, has the story, below.

Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Courtesy---Mike Triplett/Times-Picayune

The disappointment from the New Orleans Saints' first-round playoff loss at Seattle on Saturday hasn't disappeared yet.

But the optimism hasn't gone away either.

 Coach Sean Payton insisted Monday that he still likes the Saints' nucleus of coaches and players and the direction they're heading as the focus turns toward 2011.