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Saints tell players to cut back on interviews

Every Tuesday night, yours truly visits with Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio.

This Wednesday night, Todd was scheduled to have a slightly more interesting guest:  Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

But Todd tells us he was advised him this morning that Vilma would not be appearing on the show.  Word came from a P.R. representative who works on Vilma’s behalf.

[Editor's note:  In a prior version of this story, we wrote that Wright was informed of Vilma's unavailbility from a member of the Saints' P.R. department.  We apologize for the error.] 

The P.R. representative also told Todd that Vilma was required to scuttle an appearance on ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning, which had been scheduled for Tuesday’s show (4:30 p.m. ET).

Apparently, coach Sean Payton has instructed players to stop conducting interviews, which possibly arises from the team’s too-close-for-comfort performance against a Redskins team that has won only three games this year.

It’s unknown whether Payton will make one or more players available for conference calls with the Atlanta media as the Saints prepare to face the Falcons on Sunday.  Earlier this year, the New York media wasn’t pleased with the Saints’ refusal to make players like Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, tight end Jeremy Shockey, receiver Marques Colston, and/or Vilma available for  a joint interview.  Payton ultimately offered up safety Darren Sharper.

The league has certain rules regarding minimum player and coach access, since media coverage constitutes free marketing.  Though the league doesn’t require teams to go beyond the minimum access rules, we suspect the league prefers that players be permitted to honor commitments they’ve previously made.

Besides, at a time when the media is fully in the fleur-de-lis tank, why would Payton want to risk a backlash from the folks who rely on access in order to have interesting content?
 

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25 Responses to “Saints tell players to cut back on interviews”
  1. Buschman says: Dec 8, 2009 4:30 PM

    Probably because Payton cares more about winning than he does about what the media is saying about his team

  2. FireJerryJones says: Dec 8, 2009 4:39 PM

    Media backlash? I thought that was all a myth.

  3. INTENSEG says: Dec 8, 2009 4:44 PM

    Screw the media just go play ball and win games.

  4. leatherneck says: Dec 8, 2009 4:49 PM

    The Saints are afraid that they are just hype.

  5. NarDawg says: Dec 8, 2009 4:51 PM

    Yea, cuz if the league required more than the minimum, THAT would be the minimum. Duhhhhhh…….

  6. joelbcajun says: Dec 8, 2009 4:56 PM

    As long as Reggie Bush cant talk I am just fine with it.

  7. This is not news says: Dec 8, 2009 4:56 PM

    So, which side you are on here Mike?

  8. CaseyInKC says: Dec 8, 2009 4:57 PM

    I don’t blame Sean, he’s already said he want to go undefeated – why talk to all his players about it? After the close-call with Washington they need to stay focused on football and do the damn thing now!

  9. Route36West says: Dec 8, 2009 4:58 PM

    Maybe he feels his team is losing focus and he sees how well that has worked out for Tony Romo and the Cowboys down the strech. If thats what their doing I dont have a problem with it because winning football games should be more important to a coach then putting on good tv.

  10. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 8, 2009 4:58 PM

    What’s really important is what Tony Dungy thinks about all this and how he will tie it to racism.

  11. Paul_R. says: Dec 8, 2009 5:03 PM

    “Besides, at a time when the media is fully in the fleur-de-lis tank, why would Payton want to risk a backlash from the folks who rely on access in order to have interesting content?”
    Umm ……… because ….. maybe ….. umm …. he might want his players to ……. umm …..
    CONCENTRATE ON FOOTBALL!
    Or, does “THE MEDIA” think (since they already believe that they’re God, don’t you, Florio?) that everyone should bow to them?

  12. nfcbeast says: Dec 8, 2009 5:04 PM

    They’ve seen what being media whores will do to a team…..Brady Bunch.

  13. marshall70 says: Dec 8, 2009 5:10 PM

    Sean “Lee Harvey” Payton runs a tight ship. You fans of other teams better start respecting the Saints.

  14. Big Stuff says: Dec 8, 2009 5:13 PM

    The media in the tank for the Saints? Are you kidding me. Sure they may be talking about them, but it’s because they are undefeated. Just today, two ESPN dudes said that the Cardinals are the best team in the NFC. Yeah, they’re in the tank alright.

  15. FumbleNuts says: Dec 8, 2009 5:18 PM

    “Apparently, coach Sean Payton has instructed players to stop conducting interviews, which possibly arises from the team’s too-close-for-comfort performance against a Redskins team that has won only three games this year.”
    Well played Mr. Payton! Smart move on his part, just focus on the next game and forget the media circus bullshit.

  16. sugarlips says: Dec 8, 2009 5:24 PM

    How shocking that Coach Payton isn’t worried about you and/or your media pals getting a story!!! Now that you’ve all jumped on the Saints bandwagon he should be throwing his players at you to interview right?? He truly has his nerve. How dare he be more worried about game planning than becoming a media sensation.
    Personally, I hope he continues to do this. The media these days think everything is their business.

  17. Fan_Of_ Four says: Dec 8, 2009 5:32 PM

    They probably don’t want people to have to suffer through more video on PFT’s crappy media player.

  18. MNFANINAZ says: Dec 8, 2009 5:33 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJzbIt37FVo&feature=player_embedded#
    Who Dat gunna live up to a stereotype better dem dem Aints fans?
    What a bunch of freaks.

  19. PervyHarvin says: Dec 8, 2009 5:38 PM

    Good call by coach. You have won 4 division titles and 0 conference championships since when?1967?? Regular season don’t mean shit,big boys show up in the playoffs. Get to the big dance then talk all you want!

  20. Fan_Of_ Four says: Dec 8, 2009 5:43 PM

    # NarDawg says: December 8, 2009 4:51 PM
    Yea, cuz if the league required more than the minimum, THAT would be the minimum. Duhhhhhh…….
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Stop making Florio look like a dumb A$$, he needs no help from you. I mean that in the nicest possible way Mikey.
    Fix your POS media player.

  21. Nard100 says: Dec 8, 2009 6:02 PM

    Do you really think Jeremy Shockey really wanted an interview with NY media? I don’t think so. Good for Sean!

  22. slipkid says: Dec 8, 2009 6:30 PM

    what’s the media’s record?
    it isnt 12-0. after all, the media is in the tank for commie resident zero.

  23. DocBG says: Dec 8, 2009 7:27 PM

    “The league has certain rules regarding minimum player and coach access, since media coverage constitutes free marketing. Though the league doesn’t require teams to go beyond the minimum access rules, we suspect the league prefers that players be permitted to honor commitments they’ve previously made.”
    Sports media is a parasite that is completely neccesary for the NFL to maintain its fans. You people bitching about “whats the media’s record” probably wouldn’t give a rats ass about the saints any more than you do about the tuskers or locos (look’em up if you need to), without them. Sports media (yes, you too pft) is a neccesary evil, and one that has built the NFL into the money printing machine that it is. major league sports basically gives itself free, or actually collects money in exchange for coverage, which in turn is nothing but advertising for the product (i.e. football). These players would have 30k – 60k a year contracts, and be playing in glorified highschool stadiums without the media, so they had damn well better be available for it.

  24. Terry says: Dec 9, 2009 7:01 AM

    The “media” has become a little full of itself. Who in the hell are they to DEMAND access??

  25. SheHateMe says: Dec 9, 2009 11:30 AM

    To Chunky Soup Sales:
    Couldn’t agree more. I’m from Indy and wish Tony Dungy would just go away (as in cease to exist). He destroyed his credibility with his ‘will he or won’t he’ retire. In addition, he was completely overrated as a coach, since Bill Polian always made sure he was surrounded by assistants that could think, leaving him free to be the great stoneface.
    Since his retirement he has become nothing more than a mixture of of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson (minus the emotion) finding racists behind and under every rock. I have never heard him criticize a single black person.
    I stopped being able to stomach him when he became M.V.’s biggest apologist……

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