Saints were last to start offseason program for a reason

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The Saints began their offseason workouts today as the last team to report. Coach Sean Payton explained that it was part of a plan to give players more time off after reaching the NFC Championship Game.

“We’ve got plenty of time,” Payton said, via Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune.

Teams with new coaches could begin workouts as early as April 1, and every team except the Saints started by April 15. The Saints were scheduled to start Monday but pushed it back a day.

The offseason program is voluntary, but Payton said the team has had a “real good turnout.” Many players live in New Orleans full time and already were working at the facility.

“For our guys it’s just getting back, getting into shape, lifting and I want to make sure that they don’t feel like they’re coming to the facility right now in April to practice,” Payton said. “They’re coming to train.”

5 responses to “Saints were last to start offseason program for a reason

  1. Went to New Orleans for the first time this Mardi Gras. You guys have such a fun city and sense of community. The floats making fun of the refs and Brees riding on a float wearing a mask and tossing out those little footballs was hilarious too.

  2. Life is not good unless you can have fun. You can hate the Saints but I have a problem if you say Mardi Gras and New Orleans are not fun. Just don’t go in the summer. Mardi Gras usually falls when the weather is nice (sometimes even frigid).

  3. It is smart to do things that way.

    The real work is for teams with new coaches and new schemes to learn.

    The saints are training like he said because they know the systems already.

    Oh and anybody and everybody come to town. Love to have ya. Jazz fest is coming next. If you don’t want to do the Mardi gras and music is your thing check it out.

  4. Haven’t been to Mardi Gras in over 50 years. Young and dumb with my new wife and her former college roommate. Eye opening! Back to football. With the new replay rule they won’t have to be worried about getting screwed out of a SB berth this year.

  5. That’s nice but you’ve just had a couple of months’ vacation! And if you party on while other teams are now preparing you’re only hurting yourselves.

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