Payton wanted to simulate rain, too

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In a midweek visit to PFT Live, Saints coach Sean Payton explained that he wanted to match the conditions his team will face in Seattle as much as possible.

“We’re trying to simulate as best we can,” Payton said.  “We’ve got the speakers booming.  If we had time we’d have put the 12th Man flagpole up and raised it right before the start of practice and flown in a Seattle resident.  It’s just trying to create that environment for your players that will be much like it is on game day and you try to think of a lot of different things in regards to your preparation and be really detailed and it really signifies the attention to detail we’ve got to pay this week.”

The attention to detail extended to simulating rain.  With none in the forecast for New Orleans, Payton had an idea.

Via Ed Werder of ESPN, Payton discussed setting off the fire alarm in the indoor practice facility, which would have turned on the sprinklers.  Fortunately (or maybe for our purposes unfortunately), Payton was talked out of it.

Still, we like the idea.  And we can’t help but wonder whether a coach who’s facing a road game against a team with a rabid fan base will hold practice in his stadium and encourage the local fans to fill the place up and create real adverse crowd noise that is then artificially amplified while the offense is trying to call plays.

43 responses to “Payton wanted to simulate rain, too

  1. Does anyone else think the Seahawks cheat at home somehow? Maybe bugging the opponents communication equipment? Minimally amplifying the crowd noise?

  2. Welcome to another episode of Obsessive Compulsive Football Coach. Today we visit the city of New Orleans where …

  3. I like the fact that he is at least thinking about ways to prepare for what he will face (Why can’t you turn the sprinklers on without setting off the alarm?). Now compare his game-day management and preparation to Andy Reid.

    The NFL needs more coaches of high intelligence. Now that I think about it, I would also like to see the gaggle of ex-jock commentators replaced by former coaches (the intelligent ones) and guys that understand analytics.

  4. Did they spend any time on a game plan this week, or just setting up some kind of elaborate “double dare” set replete with gimmicks and corny props?

    what a way to send the message to your team that you don’t believe they are disciplined and tough enough to just line up and play good football.

  5. Saints fans calling Seahawks cheaters should take a step back. Yes Seattle had been busted for adderall use, but bounty gate was designed to hurt people.
    Pot meet kettle

  6. Saints fans calling Seahawks cheaters should take a step back. Yes Seattle had been busted for adderall use, but bounty gate was designed to hurt people.
    Pot meet kettle

    Then why were there fewer players injured playing against the Saints during BSgate than any other team?

    We know Carroll is a cheater; ask USC!

  7. Proper preparation prevents poor performance. You play like you practice. The attention to details indicates Peyton is doing all the little things to achieve victory. Good coaching I’m his part.

  8. You are making this a bigger deal than you should Payton. You have spent the whole week talking about how tough it is to play there and now your players believe that. Should have treated it like any other game.

  9. Hopefully it works the way it did for Cowher during the 05 season when the Steelers simulated Indy and their noise for the playoffs. This looks very similar in the way the Steelers were crushed in the regular season but came back to win in the playoffs.

  10. If they want to simulate the same environment they’ll face in the game then they should have painted the Hawks logo on the freeway and practiced there.

  11. “If we had time we’d have put the 12th Man flagpole up and raised it right before the start of practice and flown in a Seattle resident.”

    Flown in a Seattle resident? Typical of Payton’s egomaniacal arrogance? I think so. 1st, try finding a Seattle resident willing to actively assist the Saints before this game! 2nd, even if Payton was able to bribe somebody to fly to N.O., he’d also have to put him/her in witness protection because his/her life would be miserable if not over once ‘Hawks fans found out his/her identity and what he/she had done!

    By the way, am I the only one convinced Kenny Chesney is Sean Payton’s clone, or visa-versa? Compare some photos before you laugh! At least Payton can coach – neither one of them can sing worth a hoot!

  12. Maybe Peyton should of filled some garbage bags full of 1 dollar bills as dumped them on team as they worked out! Oh wait, that was the Vince Young and Pacman Jones way of making it rain!

  13. …encourage the local fans to fill the place up and create real adverse crowd noise that is then artificially amplified while the offense is trying to call plays.

    So, Payton wanted to do the same thing that the Seattle stadium does… namely amplify the obnoxious-fan noise.

  14. Regardless of who wins the game, I will enjoy watching the Seattle fans getting soaked in the cold, wet rain. There’s also a chance, if it rains heavily, that the rain will act like a muffler and dampen the crown noise.

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