Coach Payton responded to questions from the media regarding the team’s decision to sequester COVID-19 protection bracelet trackers at the Loews New Orleans hotel on Wednesday to see if players adopt the new safety recommendations. The most intriguing takeaways were his responses to the Oakley Mouth Shield, Drew Brees, Jameis Winston and the promotion of Vice President Terry Fontenot.
SEAN PAYTON ON PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
When it comes to splash shields and performance masks, “can your players start using some or become familiar with this?” The coach said, a little sarcastically, “Yeah.” Yes, it is available. And, I think the jury is still out on some of that. You know when you breathe it’s always a big ventilated hole right there. Plastic. But when it comes to playing football and trying to breathe. And then, you know, so that’s an option that’s available. I can’t wait to see any studies we’ve been able to check out or see expert opinions on this, but they’re available. Yeah, I saw it. âPayton is like many coaches, and veterans of the NFL are careful in the assessment of the newâ protective gear. âBy the NFL as a whole.
SEAN PAYTON ON DREW BREES
Drew Brees’ arm strength has been a topic of conversation for many NFL talk show hosts and reporters. Many have wondered if the 41-year-old quarterback could increase his distance in the deep throws on Sunday. Brees worked with athletic trainer and workout analyst Tom House in Del Mar, Calif., On his throwing mechanics. According to Tom House’s video, he “prepares it [Brees] to throw a soccer ball farther at his current age than he has ever done before. “
Athletic’s Jeff Duncan asked Payton, âSean the other day Drew Brees told us he’s been working on his goal, I guess to improve his arm strength this offseason. whether this is something you all noticed with him. I know he’s 41, it’s probably inevitable. But is it something you all noticed on the tape? And what was the important factor for your deep passing game in the past? “
âLook, our numbers on the pitch are always strong, his numbers on the pitch are solid. And, I think every year he’s this type of player who is constantly looking for little ways to improve. He started the game. bullet with great precision. ” He continued, âObviously you know you are fighting this age and you are fighting some of the challenges, both physically and then, then mentally. You know, and I can’t wait to see that we get into these practices. some of the things you always know he’s been working on. Tom does a great job Tom House, Calif., and Drew is very committed to every detail he can cover. But I think, you know, in terms of the numbers , I feel like we, as an offense, are always putting the ball in the places we need to come down the pitch, versus the opportunities for receivers or tight ends. explosive games that way. ” Sean payton
SEAN PAYTON ON JAMEIS WINSTON
The quarterback room entering the Saints’ training camp this season will be different from the past two seasons without Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater takes over in Carolina and New Orleans has quietly captured one of their NFC South foes and confusing football talent in QB Jameis Winston. Winston was sent packing this offseason when the Bucs decided to sign Tom Brady to lead their resupplied offense. New Orleans needed another insurance policy for the quarterback after the Bridgewater exodus. So, Winston’s signing was a godsend in the $ 1.1 million one-year deal. This allowed him to learn from the best QB hall in football with Sean Payton and Drew Brees. The controversy or entanglement comes with the ongoing training camp battle with QB # 2 Taysom Hill in pencil and his fit with the Saints.
A reporter asked Sean Payton “What could you have done with Jameis Winston in terms of training and time spent with him, and what are your impressions?”
Payton’s response: âLook, he’s been involved in what we do in terms of meetings, running, lifting. We are in the field during the courses. So like everyone else, he’s in good shape. He’s lost weight, he’s slim. He is not afraid to work, he is doing well, he is integrating well. Jokingly, the coach said, “And, you know, again, we’re just in this thing. Now last week we’re going to test for COVID, so he tested COVID well last week too,” and laughed.
Overall, the tone of the media appeal was positive for Sean Payton, who is totally locked in football mode for this season. The team will continue their training camp and dress with full towels on August 17th. Hopefully, for the Saints team and fans, the impact of COVID-19 will continue to be minimal. Currently, no New Orleans player has tested positive for COVID-19 since training camp began. Sean Payton, SVP / GM Mickey Loomis and owner Gayle Benson are to be rewarded for their “foresight” on the team’s escrow. If successful, the Loews New Orleans Hotel plan could become a model of note for other NFL teams in the fight against new coronavirus outbreaks.
New Orleans Saints media call with Sean Payton courtesy of the New Orleans Saints organization.