WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Brawls have been breaking out at joint practices all over the NFL.
First it was the Redskins and Texans, a fight that ended up featured on Hard Knocks. Then, on Tuesday night, the Cowboys and Rams brawled in California.
Sean Payton, who has run a camp that has been free of anything other than a few standoffs — none ever escalated into a fight — is no fan of the attention poured on training camp brawls.
“You guys saw it last night. For as much as we’re harping about avoiding it, the (NFL) network put it on 11 times,” Payton said. “That’s unfortunate when you see it happen with other teams.”
There were no hints of fisticuffs, donnybrooks or even a kerfuffle on Wednesday morning as the New England Patriots joined the Saints on the Greenbrier practice fields.
“We were taking care of each other,” Saints running back Mark Ingram said. “I don’t think there were any altercations.”
Similar philosophies on training camp fights
“There’s an understanding that while maybe there’s a lot of jawing and stuff going on when other teams tend to do this, and we’ve been involved in those, too, when we’ve practiced with other teams,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. “I think there’s an understanding with these guys that we know the objective.”
Payton, according to the NFL Network, told his players there’d be no fighting on the practice fields with New England in town.
“We’ll make sure that everyone understands the tempo, and part of that is the structure going in, but it’s a big reason why we’re practicing with them a third time,” Payton said. “We both know it’s going to be about improving both teams and trying to get better.”