For the first since the 2011 season when New Orleans Saints bowed out of the playoffs with a disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Saints Coach Sean Payton will lead his team onto the field. Beginning Tuesday, Payton, who missed the entire 2012 season while serving a suspension for his role in the Saints' infamous bounty scandal, will put the Saints through a series of organized team activities. The Saints will hold OTA practice sessions on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, May 28-30, June 10-13. The practices are closed to the public. "This is kind of your first chance to feel some of the rewards that you are getting from the work that you put in," Saints right tackle Zach Strief said of the OTAs. "So that'll be good. And I'm certainly excited to be getting Sean back out on the field with us. "You can sail a boat without a captain, but sometimes you don't know exactly where you are going. Having him back is kind of redirecting us and getting us back on the right path. Everything we have seen so far has proven that." Speaking to reporters Monday morning before his round of golf at the 22nd annual Saints Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, Payton seemed especially eager about getting a look at the players, who have spent the last few weeks at the team's Metairie headquarters lifting weights and doing conditioning drills, on the practice field. Just 29 players on the Saints' current 90-man roster were on the team when Payton coached in the 2011 season.
Saints eager to start organized team activities
New Orleans Times-Picayune | May 20