NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The NFL season has turned to the playoffs. It’s win or go home. Intensity is amped up to another level, no joking around anymore. Well no one told that to Sean Payton. When asked about a homefield advantage this weekend, the veteran coach dropped this doozy of a plan.
“I brought up the idea of testing 50,000 people and quarantining them in a hotel and having the most safest Superdome known to man, scientifically. Bus them, they’ve tested every day, and you’ve got a COVID-free facility. I think that’s possible. I don’t know if it’s taken off or not,” said Saints head coach Sean Payton.
All kidding aside, we think, Payton is starting his ninth playoff run as a head coach. He brings a veteran squad into Sunday’s matchup with the Bears.
“We’ve got a pretty experienced postseason group. That first draft we were in the playoffs and won. The next year, same way. These guys have been a part of it. Last year, had that bitter taste of an early out, the first game. This team we have high goals, and yet right now you focus on the task at hand,” said Payton.
A valuable piece of the Saints offense could be available Sunday in wide receiver Michael Thomas. The No. 1 wideout only suited up for seven games this season.
“I’m going to see what this week holds currently. He’s still on reserve/injured. I know he’s been working at it, trying to get back. But we’ll get a better feel this week to the progress he’s made. Hopefully that’s significant,” said Payton.
The Payton-Brees duo is 9-7 in the playoffs. They lost their only playoff matchup with the Bears in 2006.
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