As the New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton faced the Philadelphia Eagles in his first playoff game with the franchise in 2006. This week, Payton and the Saints will once again take on the Eagles in the NFC playoffs.
At his post-practice press conference, Payton talked about everything from Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to the new sweat suits the team is wearing. Although the latter was just to deflect a question about the teams’ recent struggles on the road in the playoffs.
On Nick Foles:
“I think number one, you see someone that is playing with a very good awareness, confident, gets rid of the ball. I think he is very accurate. When you start seeing the big plays they’ve had and the play action passing game, the screen game, then there is that juice that every player involved in the progression believed I can get the ball on this play. I think he has done a great job of delivering and keeping receivers on the move with the accurate location as opposed to stopping him with a throw that maybe isn’t located as well.”
On Drew Brees:
“His experience and his durability and all of those things are helpful. I think not only for the head coach, but I think the other players in the huddle on any given play. He is someone who is constantly reminding players about certain looks, check downs, what is going on right now at post practice. It is that veteran leadership, that consistency, all of those things are helpful.”
On his teams’ playoff road woes:
“Once they try on the sweatsuits I think they are going to realize, man, the way they fit, you ought to see them, pretty special.”
On his teams’ playoff road woes (Take two):
“Listen, I think the game is set for Saturday night and it is set on the road in Philadelphia. Like I said, we play in all different environments. Our road record since 2006 is pretty good. I think our road record since 2009 is pretty good. But I think it would have been better if we had been wearing these sweat suits too. We will be ready.”