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Saints loved their time in “Almost heaven, West Virginia”


While Panthers coach Ron Rivera was worried his training camp wasn’t quite hot enough, Saints coach Sean Payton loved the cool break he got.

And everything else about staying at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

They already planned to come back the next two years, but their experience had Payton ready to make it a permanent home.

“Really, honestly, with the experience that we’ve had … we’d like to be back here for a lot longer than just that,” Payton said, via Mike Triplett of “The setup is outstanding. And the ability to kind of stay in an enclosed environment, I think the people here have been great, I think everything about it.  We start putting down notes as to maybe changes for next year, and it’s less than a page. There isn’t a whole lot.”

The Saints were mostly grateful for the weather, where it stayed in the 60s compared to the oppressive heat and humidity of Louisiana.

“The challenge from 62 to 92 degrees will be significant,” Payton said.

And the challenge of being farther away from Florio greater still.

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11 Responses to “Saints loved their time in “Almost heaven, West Virginia””
  1. donny1rodriguez says: Aug 14, 2014 8:44 AM

    Sounds like a fun experience. I wonder if they got to check out the fallout shelter

  2. frenchysgoldfish says: Aug 14, 2014 8:50 AM

    A car is going down the road. There is a WVU Wide Receiver, a WVU Linebacker, and a WVU running back in it. Who is driving the car?…
    A Cop.

  3. 6ball says: Aug 14, 2014 8:58 AM

    Did the Saints get out and about to meet the people of Rock Ridge?

  4. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 14, 2014 9:07 AM

    Why not got to a cooler climate to train? Saints play indoors anyway.

  5. justintuckrule says: Aug 14, 2014 9:12 AM

    Not much difference between NO and WV. You won’t find a dentist office in either.

  6. winningisabrees says: Aug 14, 2014 9:26 AM

    Here in Nola, it has been rather nice, north winds in the morning have been keeping the humidity low, so we welcome the drier air. Now don’t get me wrong the temps still rise to the mid 90’s, but he actually been manageable.

    Cant wait to see the team at the practice facilty back home.



  7. purpleguy says: Aug 14, 2014 9:30 AM

    I’m still wondering if anyone fell off that big cliff next to the practice field. There’s probably a hundred balls and a back-up WR laying down there. . . . .

  8. saintsvstheworld says: Aug 14, 2014 9:33 AM

    WHO DAT!! Expect the Saints to destroy the NFL this season!

  9. scoops1 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:56 AM

    HBO is foaming at the mouths to have the saints on Hard Knocks now

  10. tincansailor981 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:13 PM

    I liked it too, since the drive from D.C. to WV is only 3 hours. It was great seeing them and i look forward to next summer to do it again.

  11. dooz76 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:20 PM

    we loved having the Saints here also. Them being here gave fans who otherwise would only get a chance to see them on television, a chance to see them and what they do up close and personal. So thank you New Orleans Saints for taking time after every practice to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans.

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