Saints coach Sean Payton is reaching deep into his playbook to fix New Orleans' road woes heading into Saturday's NFC wild-card game at Philadelphia.
He's changing the flavor of the team's Gatorade.
And getting the players new sweatsuits.
Funny, I don't remember coaching football being this easy. But apparently the players are buying in, after the team went just 3-5 on the road this season.
“It is all about the new sweatsuits, the beefy mac and the Gatorade flavor,” quarterback Drew Brees told reporters this week. “We feel really good about what we have going this week with that. I can’t wait to see those new sweatsuits and hopefully that will change our luck.”
Under Payton, the Saints are 0-3 in playoff games on the road. Wideout Robert Meachum wants to bring back a road trip staple from the Saints' Super Bowl-winning season of 2009.
“Coach has got to give us Popeyes in the plane again,” Meachem said this week. “Everybody’s talking about that. Every road trip in ’09 we had Popeyes. Coach needs to bring back the Popeyes. Wherever we play, whoever we play, when we get on the plane – have the Popeyes ready.”
Popeyes, Gatorade and new sweatsuits? Rob Ryan must think it's Christmas again.