New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton always uses different strategies and tactics when it comes to motivating his team to win every week, but his latest action might take the cake as the most creative one yet.
According to Jon DeTrinis, a bankruptcy attorney in New Orleans, Payton brought in four armed guards into the team locker room on Tuesday. Payton also brought in the Lombardi Trophy plus $250,000 in cash.
Payton then said "Y’all want this? Win three (expletive) games," which led to some cheers and excitement in the team locker room.
That $250,000 will be handed out to each player as a bonus if they win the Super Bowl, per DeTrinis. Now, the Saints can get started by dethroning the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round game.
New Orleans locked up the top seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record, having rested their starters for Week 17. The Saints have never lost a home game in the Payton-Drew Brees era, which began in 2006.
If New Orleans can take care of business and win two home games, they'll punch a ticket to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. It would mark just the second big game appearance in the Saints' history.
Last time New Orleans reached the Super Bowl was in the 2009 season, where they'd go on to defeat the Indianapolis Colts for their first Lombardi Trophy. With Brees turning 40 on the 15th, the Saints only have so many prime years left.
What This Means
The Saints had one of the most dominant regular seasons in recent memory, but it won't matter to them if it doesn't lead to a Super Bowl championship. The Saints know not to take anything for granted here, but it doesn't hurt to get a little bit of motivation from their beloved and well-respected head coach.