METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton had fairly the show ready for his gamers this week once they began getting ready for Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff opener towards the Philadelphia Eagles.
Payton introduced three armed guards, a stack of greater than $200,000 in cash, the Lombardi Trophy and a Tremendous Bowl ring into the crew assembly room Monday to give his gamers added motivation.
The cash represents how a lot cash they stand to make in playoff bonuses in the event that they go all the best way — a complete of $201,000 in accordance to the collective bargaining settlement.
“Guys make good cash right here. However not too usually you see $250,000 cash proper there. In order that was very interesting,” Saints working again Mark Ingram stated. “The Lombardi sitting proper there in entrance of it, the ring sitting proper in entrance of it, the armed guards. It was fairly dope. However we nonetheless gotta go on the market and do what we do.”
The coach and crew thought-about splitting up three years in the past, however the choice to keep has them vying for his or her second Tremendous Bowl title.
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Payton had used an analogous tactic earlier than the Saints’ 2009 Tremendous Bowl run — although solely three gamers on the present roster had been round for that.
“That is undoubtedly motivating,” Ingram stated. “In fact, all people’s enjoying to be champions. However that trophy, that bread, all that is on the road. It is simply one other little means to get us going.
“I instructed ’em I would like my presentation to look identical to that. I would like ’em to come to my home. Lombardi, the glass field of cash, my ring, all that … armed guards. I would like that very same presentation. I do not need no direct deposits coming from the playoffs. I would like all my cash coming to the crib wanting identical to they’d it the opposite day. That was good.”
Added Saints defensive deal with Sheldon Rankins: “If you happen to noticed all that cash in entrance of you, anyone would get enthusiastic about that. And I am proper together with them.”
Payton’s motivational tactic was first revealed on social media by an area legal professional, then confirmed by gamers.
“Everyone knows what’s at stake,” defensive finish Alex Okafor stated. “I believe all people on this locker room needs a Tremendous Bowl. However there’s simply seeing one thing in person who simply provides a bit bit extra motivation. And simply seeing that Tremendous Bowl trophy, seeing that cash … I imply, in the event you ain’t prepared to play after that, then we do not want you.
“Like, ‘It is legit now. We on this factor now.’ The primary-round bye, we had been at dwelling watching video games, so it is type of like we had been chilling. We did not really feel the sting like we wanted to, simply because we had been at dwelling. However now that we got here this week and Sean popped it off like that, ‘OK. It is time.'”
Payton has turn into identified for his artistic motivational ways over time — placing mouse traps across the facility to warn gamers towards “consuming the cheese,” dressing like Invoice Belichick to give a mock scouting report on his gamers, and flying in mascots from their alma maters.
“It was a really Sean kind of factor to do, so I believed it was cool,” Saints defensive deal with Tyeler Davison stated.
“Sean does an amazing job of getting us prepared,” Rankins stated. “He type of is aware of what buttons to push and the way to pique guys’ curiosity and get guys much more excited than they already are to go and play a playoff sport.”
However gamers additionally harassed that Payton is even higher at laying out what they want to do to win towards the Eagles on Sunday.
“It was simply Sean attempting to give all people a imaginative and prescient, particularly the younger guys, as to what we’re after and the chance we’ve got, particularly because the No. 1 seed,” quarterback Drew Brees stated. “All of it comes via this place. However very first thing’s first: This sport’s an important sport of the season. And I believe we have taken that strategy every sport this 12 months. So once you try this, and also you get to a playoff sport and everybody talks about, ‘Now it is the playoffs,’ properly, is the preparation any completely different?
“No. We have been approaching it this fashion the entire time. We at all times count on their greatest. We at all times count on to exit and execute to perfection. So let’s simply go play ball.”