“The one thing that’s served us well in 10 years is the line of communication,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Advocate. “There’s a level of trust, and I would include Tom Condon and Mickey Loomis in that, because Drew and I will never have a discussion about the contract or anything like that. We would never have that discussion. But that circle of trust between his group and our team is strong, and it’s served us well.”
Payton said that he and Brees typically don’t discuss contract situations, but he also admitted that he may have told Brees that he wasn’t planning on leaving the team last year, despite rumors he could move on.
“We might have a discussion briefly, like me saying to him, ‘I’m not going anywhere,’” Payton said. “But that would be it. It’s mainly football or family or humor or something that’s going on, and you have so much time with a player like that.”
“I’m sure he’s going to play this year,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Advocate. “I don’t know if our roster is going to allow that right now.”
Falcons running backs coach Bobby Turner mentioned that he’s hoping to decrease RB Devonta Freeman‘s carries in 2016.
“It’s about growth,” Turner told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Free had a good year, but I’m expecting even a better year. Well, you’re saying, how can it be better? It can be even better with less carries or less catches because I’d obviously like to get Tevin (Coleman) more involved and that also keeps Free fresher.”
Turner also discussed how the team’s running backs differ from each other and how the can benefit from one another.
“We want them competing,” Turner said. “They are very similar. They both are competitive. They both can catch the football. They both have run instincts. When it comes down to it, the one difference is the flat out long speed of Tevin Coleman.
“We are constantly emphasizing (ball security) and the key thing, unfortunately for Coleman, is to stay healthy,” Turner said. “Those were the reasons last year that we fell short there. The ball security and the fact that he came up with some (injuries). But his attitude is still good along with Freeman. They are pushing each other. We want those guys competing.”