The Saints have trained at their home facility for camp the last three years, but Sean Payton has decided to mix things up this year.
The team will take a week-long trip to Oxnard, California sometime in August, according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The logical time will be after New Orleans’ August 20 game at Houston and before their August 28 game against the Raiders.
Payton worked with Bill Parcells when the Cowboys used Oxnard. (As they have off and on for a while.)
Perhaps Payton sees this as a chance for some serious bonding before embarking on a season with high expectations. Payton has said how much he likes his roster. We agree; it looks like the best one on paper of Payton’s tenure.
“Look, if all of us came out here and watched a practice, it would be hard for us to tell if it was following a lockout or wasn’t following a lockout,” Payton said.