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Transcript: Coach Sean Payton media availability - September 13, 2019

Coach Sean Payton addresses media prior to Week 2 game against the Rams

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
Friday, September 13, 2019
Post-Practice Media Availability

Eric Weddle and Clay Matthews are in their thirties, but how amazed are you when you pop on that tape and see that they are still competing at a high level?
"They're exceptional players. They are guys that obviously have a great skill set for their position. They're smart and you see that on tape. They're guys that know how to win and there's always room in our league for players like that. You're talking about two elite players."

Did you guys put in a request with the league to put these two west coast games back-to-back? Is that something you wanted?
"I think Mickey (Loomis received) a call relative to if the second game is on the road at Seattle, are you all right with that? And I think a lot of it has to do with all that makes it a little bit easier then if you stay out West. But you don't really have much control over it." 

Knowing you have to make these two trips at some point in the season, is it almost a positive to do them back to back? Do you like this idea of staying (on the west coast)?
"I do. I like the idea of staying out there and turning it into what's really about the return trip in the next game. So, yes."

What are some of the challenges of not being here and having to be out there the whole time? Are there any challenges?
"No. We have a good, advance group that gets everything set up practicewise and, and we've done this anytime we've gone to London. We've done this a number of times."

When you look at the possibility of Alvin (Kamara) even improving upon this first two seasons, does his mentality make that easier for him to do that the way he's able to focus and want to learn and all that?
"He's a smart player. I've said that repeatedly. He picks things up. I think he enjoys that element of the game. He's extremely cerebral when it comes to understanding what we're doing and what defenses are doing, but I still think it gets back to winning. And I think that's something that fortunately we have real good leadership and guys understand and put that first."

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