Saints coach Sean Payton not expecting fans to start season


Four months from now the Saints are scheduled to kick-off the 2020 season in the Mercedes Benz Superdome against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. But, how much of an issue will the coronavirus still be?

Saints head coach Sean Payton joined CBS Sports and sounded confident about season starting  on time, but wasn’t sure if there would be anyone in the stands.

“I think the biggest challenge obviously is the stadiums and fans”, said Payton. “Just myself personally, I think that would be a much more difficult challenge here as we look to kick-off the season in September. So, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the games being started on time in a much more controlled environment. And, the premium on television in watching the games, much like were doing now with a lot of different things; that would be the vehicle in this 2020 season.”

It’s hard to envision an empty stadium on Saints gamedays, especially since part of the Dome field advantage is the chaotic crowd noise being belted down at opposing offenses. Another topic Coach Payton was asked about is the quarterback situation with Drew Brees, Taysom Hill and now Jameis Winston joining the mix this season.

"When that time comes, and that'll be probably at some point sooner than later, and Drew [Brees> decides to retire. I see Taysom [Hill> being a guy that has a great chance to come in there and become that QB."Sean Payton joins We Need To Talk at 7 pm ET on CBS Sports Network.

— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) May 12, 2020