Sean Payton Didn't Waste Any Time Beating Around The Bush In Motivating His Team, As He Wheeled The Lombardi Trophy Into The Locker Room On A Bed Of Cash
Speak your BountyGate-inspired "pay for play" jokes now, or forever hold your peace...
Okay, everybody good? I know the New Orleans Saints are, because - as the Philadelphia Eagles keep barking about an underdog mentality like they aren't less than a year removed from winning a championship - the only form of motivation at Sean Payton's disposal is what comes along with it. No manufactured narratives about disrespect, or revenge, or some supposedly magical arm attached to an otherwise mediocre quarterback. Just the same damn thing a confident collection of players has been dreaming of hoisting since they first laced up a pair of cleats placed carefully on a heaping bed of bills that are the same color their emotional state was in watching a team other themselves celebrate a Super Bowl last year.
The truth is, this particular Saints' team knows all-too-well that they have a title-worthy level of talent. That's why this season's motto was to "prove 'em right", and that's why there are no angles of artificial inspiration to explore that could possibly be as rousing as an unmistakable reminder of what they felt robbed of last January. With the biological clock ticking on Drew Brees' time under center and a cohesive roster that's quietly as close to full strength as you could possibly hope for at this point in the season, the time isn't for convincing themselves they are capable of greatness. Rather, it's for capitalizing on that greatness, both monetarily and monumentally.
No one knows that better than an endlessly innovative Head Coach who has quite possibly done his best job yet in crafting a locker room culture in the likeness of his unapologetic personality and keeping his finger keenly on the pounding pulse of it. Therefore, long story short, you could probably safely bet approximately $225,000 in cash that you won't be seeing any ill effects of the bye week in the SuperDome come Sunday.