Friday, July 25, 2014
Payton on Saints' vision for Champ Bailey
By Mike Triplett
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- One of the most compelling players to watch during the New Orleans Saints’ training camp will be newly-signed cornerback Champ Bailey.
Naturally, there are questions about how much the 12-time Pro Bowler and likely Hall of Famer has left in the tank. But the Saints clearly had a vision for how the 36-year-old can aid their deep and versatile defense. And Bailey has a great shot at winning a starting job this summer.
As for what exactly the Saints need to see from Bailey during training camp and the preseason, Coach Sean Payton pulled out a classic line from his mentor Bill Parcells -- as he often likes to do.
“Bill used to say this and every once in a while I’ll reference Parcells, ‘With a player like Champ we don’t need to see it every day, we just need to see it once in a while,’” Payton said. “He used to say that, it made sense. So that’s being smart, with the conditioning test, for instance, or it’s being smart with how we practice him.
“But I have a pretty good vision for what I think he can do for us, and I think that’s been communicated. And I think he’s really anxious to do that.”