Be assured, the New Orleans Saints have a plan in case Hurricane Gustav decides to pay us a visit. But no one outside the Saints organization knows anything about it. In his meeting with reporters today, Coach Sean Payton would not disclose where the Saints are going, when they would decide to go or any other details about their possible evacuation plans.
"What I don't want to do a week before a storm is supposed to hit is start talking about where we're going to go if it does hit," he said.
Payton, who had experience dealing with a tragedy as an assitant coach with the Giants during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, said that he wants to limit the distractions.
"When it's all said and done, we will be focused to play the Buccaneers," he said. "It won't be a distraction. We won't allow it to be."
For their part, players didn't seem distracted. There were not televisions tuned to hurricane watches and the few players that were in the locker room congregated around one of the XBox's while rookie linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and second-year running back Pierre Thomas faced off in the boxing game 'Fight Night.' Deuce McCallister said that, this time, the team is a little more prepared.
"Right now it's still early," he said. "You definitely start preparing now because it has that possibility. You can't wait until Thursday or Friday and say 'you gotta do this, you gotta do that.' You gotta take heed while you have the opportunity especially after going through it the first time."