METAIRIE, La. — As creatures of habit, Friday morning must have jarred Saints players when coach Sean Payton changed locations for practice, moving it from the Airline Drive facility in Metairie to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Even stranger, there were no “rah-rah” speeches. Just a regular Friday practice.
Well, there was one thing.
Payton showed the team its new entrance video, one fans in the door before introductions for Sunday’s noon season opener against Atlanta will see.
Suffice it to say, if the game had kicked off after, the players would have been ready.
“They showed whatever they’re going to show the fans on Sunday, whatever the pregame video is going to be,” punter Thomas Morstead said. “It was cool. I won’t give it away, but it was good.”
Payton has been known to give the team rousing motivational speeches. And it’s not out of the realm that one will come Saturday night during final preparations.
But on Friday, at the Dome, there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.
“He said what he needed to say to us before we got ready to play,” cornerback Jabari Greer said. “Sean does a great job of understanding the temperature of the team and I believe he understands everybody is ready and prepared to go.”
Fans have plenty of reasons to be excited for Sunday’s game – it’s Atlanta, it’s Payton’s first regular season game back since being exiled for a season and it’s the first game after a long 2012.
Morstead hinted that there may be other reasons, too.
“I’m hearing rumors the Who Dat chant is going to be out of control amazing,” he said. “I just think everybody needs to be there for it. I think it’s going to be awesome.”
When pressed for information, Morstead was mum, saying only fans needed to be at the game early.