The New Orleans Saints have spoken all offseason about appreciating having things back to "normal" for the first time since 2009. But one thing has changed with the organization: Coach Sean Payton looks like he is ready to play.
"Obviously if you see him, he's cut. He's ripped up now, man," cornerback Jabari Greer told The Times-Picayune.
"He's dropped about 18 pounds. He's at his fighting weight," Drew Brees joked.
I've sadly watched the NFL closely enough the last decade to notice a pronounced trend among head coaches. They often show up to training camp in terrific shape, then slowly fall apart like the rest of us when week-after-week of late nights and pizza orders catch up to them. By Week 14, everyone looks like they need a nap and a jog.
Perhaps a year off from coaching would do some good for just about everyone in the NFL.
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