Sean Payton: Home-field advantage has to do with talent level of your team

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick downplayed the benefits of home-field advantage when he met with the media on Friday and you might expect a different view from Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Payton’s teams are 5-0 at the Superdome in the postseason as opposed to 1-5 when playing on the road and they’ve won 70 percent of their home games overall. Payton’s won over 61 percent of his games overall, however, and his feeling is that the quality of the team on the field is a much bigger advantage than anything provided by a building.

“It’s a tough place to play when you have a good team,” Payton said, via ESPN.com. “But if you went back and looked at the records in the Dome prior to ’06, 3-5, 3-5, 4-4, 3-5, 3-5 with the playoff win. Not too long ago here, it wasn’t too tough a place to play when we were struggling. I think part of that is what kind of team you’re fielding and when you get the combinations of a good team and then the crowd noise and then you have something. I think a lot has to do with the talent level of your football team.”

The Saints were 6-2 at home this season. One of those wins came over the Eagles and they’ll try to repeat that result on Sunday.

17 responses to “Sean Payton: Home-field advantage has to do with talent level of your team

  1. winningisabrees says:
    January 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm
    WHO DAT

    dude had the Lombardi and 250K in cash this week in the locker room, and asked 1 question. “who wants this?
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    Anyone who has to be compelled by money to compete needs to check himself.

  2. I think Payton is a great coach, but he should learn not to run up the score. He gave the Eagles plenty of motivation for this game. I think this will be a close game and I won’t be surprised if the defending champs pull it out in the end.

  3. “dude had the Lombardi and 250K in cash this week in the locker room, and asked 1 question. “who wants this?”
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    I love crazy motivational ploys. The NFL minimum is $480,000 per year so for most of the locker room the $250K is nice but not exactly life-changing. Bottom line is that he’d better hope most of his guys are going try their hardest based on pride because the $250K probably won’t make much of a difference.

  4. Too funny. Belichick and Payton are trolling fans of other teams (not the ones they are playing this week but the ones that didn’t make the playoffs) without even trying to do so.

  5. pmars64 says: “I think Payton is a great coach, but he should learn not to run up the score. He gave the Eagles plenty of motivation for this game.”
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    I expect the Eagles players to give 100% this Sunday regardless of what happened or didn’t happen the previous game…

  6. Coach Payton bringing out the Lombardy trophy and a big bag of cash…….Coach Pederson bringing down 53 pissed off and motivated Brothers

  7. Guys get excited about free t shirts as reward for playing well because it is a team achievment. 250k and a Lombardi is absolutely a good motivation . Don’t underestimate the importance of the coach’s discretion, he knows his players (some better than they know themselves). This why the HC is critical, to pinpoint the motivation(s) for his team and get them to perform at the highest level of their ability. A properly motivated roster, coupled with talent level, will yield the highest result.

  8. Good insight. If you remember, RG3 tore up saints in his first game as a pro in the super dome and at any time you put them on TV it was Jarius Byrd getting burnt.

  9. Payton knows how to prepare for the big game…at home or not. The Minneapolis Miracle only happened due to an error by one player…the game plan was solid. Don’t look for unforced errors this week…look for Kamara and Company to get this done.

  10. Last time Payton used a similar tactic as motivation, it was just before the Cardinals game in the Divisional Round of the playoffs after the 2009 season. All the talk around the league was about how the Saints had lost the final 3 games of the season, the offense looked “RUSTY” and how no team had ever lost its last 3 regular season games and then won the Superbowl. Well, we hung 45 on the Cardinals, won 45-17 and 3 weeks later BEAT PEYTON MANNING and the Colts in Superbowl XLIV! All of the media this week, sounds just like the media did in 2009/2010. I can’t wait to see how “Rusty” the Saints offense is on Sunday against the Eagles. WHO DAT

  11. thrifty says:
    January 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm:
    Anyone who has to be compelled by money to compete needs to check himself.
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    Umm ….. they get paid to play. It’s there job. ….. u pay to watch them work. You get paid to do a job. BONUSES are a motivation in ANY occupation. I don’t think the money is the thing,the ring and the Lombardi is what last forever. They know that. Oh yeah …. he did it in ‘09 sooooooooo

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