Two and a half years ago, former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams played a major role in Goodell's decision to come after the team, and suspend Sean Payton for a year. Now, Williams -- who was suspended "indefinitely," yet had a new NFL job before Payton was officially reinstated -- is the defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. The media is trying to make a huge spectacle out of the first meeting between Payton and Williams since the latter was fired from the Saints. Coach Payton acts as if his former DC is not even a blip on his radar. The truth likely lies somewhere in between.
However they feel about each other, though, players on both sides of the field will be fighting not only for their coaches, but for their jobs. The score at the end of tonight's game will likely mean very little. However, with the hype adding to the usual excitement and support of the Who Dat Nation, this may be one of the most-watched Saints preseason games ever.
The Saints, who have advanced to the playoffs in four of the past five seasons, are looking to build on last year’s 11-5 finish. "I think the expectations for us as a team are higher," says New Orleans head coach Sean Payton. "This is another team. There are a handful of new faces that weren’t here a year ago. Our goals are set high."
The Rams have built a deep roster of young talent on both offense and defense, led by defensive end Robert Quinn, who topped the NFC with 19 sacks in 2013, and quarterback Sam Bradford, who is entering his fifth season as the team’s starter. "It’s all about expectations now," says St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher. "Yes, we have youth, but now there’s skill at every position. There’s experience there, too."
For those fans not planning to enjoy the game in person, here is how you can catch all the action on the field:
Friday, August 8th @ 8:00pm EST / 7:00pm CST
Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri
TV Broadcast (LIVE):
NFL Network (Nationally)
- Announcers: Andrew Siciliano, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt
WVUE FOX 8 (NOLA)
- Announcers: Joel Meyers, Sean Kelley, John Stinchomb
Cox Sports Television (Click for viewing area)
Sunday Ticket DIRECTV:
Does not include preseason games
NFL Preseason Live is blacked out for this week's game. Replays are available after the national broadcast.
Saints are favored by 3; Over/Under 38
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