Earlier this week it was reported that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton arrived at a team meeting accompanied by three armed guards and carrying more than $200,000 in cash, the Vince Lombardi Trophy and a Super Bowl ring as a way to inspire his team to become the 2019 NFL champions.
According to ESPN, players can make $201,000 in playoff bonuses if they go to the Super Bowl, and now thanks to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport we have our first look at Payton’s creative method.
When asked about this form of motivation, Saints running back Mark Ingram told ESPN, “That’s definitely motivating, of course, everybody’s playing to be champions. But that trophy, that bread, all that’s on the line. It’s just another little way to get us going.”
Payton has used similar motivational tactics in the past, leading the team to a Super Bowl win in 2009. He’s rumored to have dressed up as Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and flown in team mascots from the player’s alma maters to get them inspired.
The Saints host the Philadelphia Eagles later today for a chance to move on the the NFC Championship game, the winner will play the Los Angeles Rams who beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-22 on Saturday.