The Saints are using the preseason to find a set of best practices for the coaching staff during the season.
During the first preseason game, the team had linebackers coach Joe Vitt on the sidelines and defensive assistant Dennis Allen up in the press box. During the second game, Allen came down to the sidelines and Vitt moved up to the box.
It’s likely the team will continue moving people around this week against the Houston Texans to determine the best configuration. Those involved are open to trying out new things.
“We actually switched around all our coaches,” Vitt said. “Sean’s doing everything he can to make sure we’re crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s and evaluating everything that we’re doing.
“So I spent a week in the press box last week trying to look at the review monitors and see if we can get a better way to identify personnel coming in the game defensively, how many more sets we’re going to need.”
On offense, as he did last season, Payton has also allowed offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael to call plays for the offense.
For the players, the tinkering has not had a major impact. No matter who is on the sidelines or calling plays, they simply take direction and try to execute whatever they’re being told to do.
“Not at all. We make adjustments during the game,” safety Kenny Vaccaro said. “You don’t freak out. We watch the tape after the game. We don’t really do too much. They kind of motivate us, give us tips or clues, but when we’re out there we’re on our own.”