It’s not uncommon for pranks to be exchanged over the course of the preseason, and the New Orleans Saints‘ practices have been no different. Quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton have certainly been doing their part to give training camp an interesting twist.
It started with Payton removing the Chevron patch from Brees’ jersey and replacing it with a Rogaine patch as a light jab at his thinning hairline. Brees retaliated by building a scene depicting Payton’s poor driving skills. He had placed a dummy labeled “Sean Payton” in the driver’s seat of a golf cart slumped over the steering wheel. Payton didn’t immediately notice the piece, but when he did, he immediately knew it was “Brees and his posse.”
Some people look at these antics as unnecessary and possibly even counterproductive, believing that the entirety of camp should be dedicated towards practice. However, stunts like this go a long way in building unity within the team and getting everyone comfortable with one another. Playing with dummies and messing with Rogaine patches might not be the best way to prepare for football, but it does help loosen everybody up.
The fact that the Saints coaching staff feels confident enough to spend time on a prank war speaks volumes on what they think about this team. They obviously feel that the guys are performing well and that they’re on track. If they weren’t, you can guarantee that Payton and Brees would be buckling down on other guys rather than pranking each other. As long as they keep everything loose in practice, fans have to feel pretty good about the team’s chances.
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