Sean Payton has clear message for players who want to fight in joint practices

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The Patriots have come to West Virginia to join the Saints for practice sessions, amid a rash of rumbles when separate teams stop hitting themselves and start hitting guys from other teams. Saints coach Sean Payton had a clear message for anyone who decides to mix it up with Patriots players.

Via Jeff Darlington of NFL Media, Payton told players on Tuesday night, “If you decide to fight, pack your bags.”

While obviously not an edict that would apply to quarterback Drew Brees, it’s unlikely that we’ll see Brees going Roadhouse with anyone. Veteran players who value their health realize the importance of not jeopardizing it by swinging fists; the young players are typically the ones who need to learn that extracurricular activities could make it harder to do their jobs.

The potential for fights is believed to be one of the reasons why the Saints passed on joint practices with the Texans are Houston became the epicenter for HBO’s Hard Knocks. There’s no such worry with the Patriots.

“We’ve had a great working relationship with Saints,” New England coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Wednesday, via Darlington. “Players work hard — but they do it right way.”

Too many teams have been doing it the wrong way this year, and it’s going to continue until teams or the league office crack down on it.

20 responses to “Sean Payton has clear message for players who want to fight in joint practices

  1. I’m a Saints fan, but c’mon man.

    Turn these players into Alpha Dogs coach.

    I’d tell them, “if someone messes with a teammate, tear his butt up”. Instill some brotherhood and let it be known we won’t be pushed around.

    You think Suh, Watt, or Suggs would let someone punk them. Not a chance.

  2. My two favorite teams and two of the best coaches in the NFL you have to respect bill if you are the biggest patriot hater and Payton has turned a franchise around and had one of the best super bowl coaching performances of all time.

  3. Sean Payton has clear message for players who want to fight in joint practices:

    “Save it for the regular season”

  4. You can not tell a man to turn on and off his emotions and violent aggressive side on and off like a light switch… It does not work like that… Especially when you have men trying to make the team so they can make the roster to take care of their families… That passion and aggression mixed in with limited opportunity breeds this stuff… You have to expect it… If you truly want it to stop it the NFL has to come up with an alternative for the lack of opportunity for the non-stars and players trying to make the cut… Because I can almost guarantee you that most of it is fueled by someone going a little harder so they can make the team… Indeed…

  5. This is the downfalls of over coverage and media access, players been fighting forever, i never been in or ever heard of a camp not having a fights in it… its part of it… Let them fight at their own risk… Better in practice then at home… Indeed..

  6. It is not at all unreasonable to expect these guys to come to work and be professional. You aren’t improving your team if you are busy breaking your hand on someone’s helmet. You want to be running plays. And when you have Sean Payton and Bill Belichik on the same field you’d better be paying attention, because you don’t often have a chance to be around arguably of the best offensive and defensive minds of this generation.

  7. “If you truly want it to stop it the NFL has to come up with an alternative for the lack of opportunity for the non-stars and players trying to make the cut…”
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    An NFL minor league would help alleviate some of this. As it stands now, if you’re cut, there’s a very good chance your career is over. If there’s a minor league, then you at least you have another chance. No, the NCAA is not a minor league, because they can’t go back to college to play. These guys are just reaching their athletic prime with nowhere to go.

  8. You can not tell a man to turn on and off his emotions and violent aggressive side on and off like a light switch… It does not work like that…
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    Players for whom it doesn’t work like that are the types of players who give up poorly timed unnecessary roughness or personal foul penalties.

  9. Sounds like he’s scared his guys are soft. Guess bountygate really wimped out the coaching staff.

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