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2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp Countdown No. 9 - Seeing Sean Payton Up Close

Posted Jul 17, 2017

Sean Payton is No. 9 on our countdown to 2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon.

Entering his 11th season as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton is ready to lead the Black and Gold again in 2017. Since 2006, his first season as a head coach, Payton has consistently kept the intensity levels high during Saints training camp presented by Verizon.

With the realtively new rules on how many practices/padded practices a team can have per week, Payton understands the value of setting up the offseason workload to be as efficient as possible. He spoke on this subject during minicamp in June.

“There was a time when this (mini)camp was padded. I am not suggesting that it should or should not be. But certainly the changes have come, and very quickly as coaches, you get up to speed with them," he said. "You can spend a lot of time discussing them, but what is more important is discussing what you are going to do with them.”

Payton has a 94-66 record, with a 6-4 record in the playoffs. He’s led the team to the postseason in half of the years as head coach. A coach in the NFL for 19 seasons, Payton has led the Saints to two NFC championship games and has won a Super Bowl (XLIV).

The majority of the past three training camps have taken place at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. However, this year, local Saints fans will have plenty of opportunities to view Payton run practices with his high level of intensity because the 2017 Training Camp presented by Verizon is back in Metairie.

Top 25 reasons to get excited about Saints training camp presented by Verizon:

No. 25 - QB Challenges

No. 24 - Sheldon Rankins

No. 23 - Speed of Ted Ginn Jr.

No. 22 - Changes on special teams

No. 21 - Undrafted free agents

No. 20 - Return of Rafael Bush

No. 19 - Zach Strief

No. 18 - The new linebackers

No. 17 - Return of Chase Daniel

No. 16 - Healthy Delvin Breaux

No. 15 - New guard combo

No. 14 - Listening to Darryl Tapp

No. 13 - Safety Marcus Williams

No. 12 - Return of Hoo-Man

No. 11 - Development of Ryan Ramczyk

No. 10 - Year 2 of David Onyemata