<span>The Saints began the day on Wednesday with their regular team meeting, followed by offensive and defensive meetings this morning, followed by a lengthy session with the assembled media at the team's downtown Miami hotel.
The media session was different from yesterday's event in that the press conference and media availability was in ballroom settings at the hotel, as opposed to yesterday, which was conducted at the site of Super Bowl XLIV, Sun Life Stadium.
Selected players were seated on risers and square tables, while other players and coaches sat at round tables throughout the room. The session lasted roughly an hour and then bused to the University of Miami's football facility for a lengthy practice session. The team will then lift weights following practice and head back to the team hotel for more meetings this evening.
For three members of the Saints, the return to the Miami football offices served as reminders of their pasts, as TE Jeremy Shockey, LB Jonathan Vilma and wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson took pride in returning to their roots.
"It feels great to come back here," Vilma said of "the U." "I have a lot of great memories here and had a chance to see some people that helped me get to the NFL. They understand that the focus is different this week, so they just say 'hello, good to see you' and they let you move on. It's pretty cool."
While the media attention surrounding the team is clearly at an all-time zenith, the vast majority of players are dealing well with the increased attention and some are actually enjoying the exposure.
DT Sedrick Ellis said the onslaught of media attention amused him, and doesn't serve as a distraction to his preparation. "It's pretty incredible to see this amount of people and the interest in the game," the Southern Cal product said. "The questions are a little bit different than what you would get in a normal week leading up to a game, but that's all part of it. You take it in stride and know that the most important thing is what you are learning in the team meetings and then taking that and applying it in practice."