In advance of tonight's Vikings-Saints game, we're not the only ones thinking back to last year. Before facing Brett Favre and the Vikings in last year's NFC Championship Game, Saints coach Sean Payton offered his take on the ole gunslinger, and the best way to stop him.
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
"When you get older in life, you tend to get very careful, and a little more fearful," Payton said, according to players and staffers who were there. "You start thinking about your own mortality. If it rains outside you might not go to the store, especially at night. You figure you'll just wait it out. You might have somewhere to go and you tell yourself I don't want to go there. You don't want to get in a wreck.
"If you keep hitting (Favre), he'll make a mistake. ... I promise you, if we hit him for four quarters, he'll turn into that old man who's scared of the rain."
Roughly translated: "He's old, so hit him as often as possible." But that's not even the best part.
No, it's the random musings on aging that really sell this. Since when did Sean Payton become Pat Jordan? The moment he needed to find a creative way to say "kick the s**t out of Brett Favre." That's what head coaching's all about.
That's not snark, either. Finding a way to weave in bizarre anecdotes and half baked life philosophy into pep talks--I'm pretty sure that's written somewhere in every coach's official job description. And clearly, it worked for the Saints last year. Favre got his ass kicked for four quarters and an overtime, turning the ball over three times, including a crucial interception down the stretch.
So, are old people really afraid of the rain? Is life really a game of inches? Doesn't matter. In a coach's world, logic bends to their objectives, not the other way around. Welcome to the National Football League. Now somebody get Sean Payton some GODDAMN JUICY FRUIT.