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Saints’ Alvin Kamara recalls strange motivational tactic by Sean Payton

Alvin Kamara, Saints

Sean Payton is a feisty guy. Ask Alvin Kamara. On the field, Payton lacks aggressiveness. Off the field, particularly in the New Orleans Saints’ locker room, he’s going to get whoever around him pumped up.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara remembers a time when Payton decided to use a different tactic to get his team excited. He threw around dead fish.

“One week he brought in some fish,” Kamara said on PFT Live, via Saints Wire, “He was throwing dead fish in the team meeting room. It was for Seattle, with their fish market. I’m talking about, he’s throwing fish in the team meeting room, it smelled like fish for two days. People were catching them, but they were slippery.”

Payton did so before a Saints game against the Seattle Seahawks. One of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions is the fish market, where obviously dead fish are passed around.

The Saints responded well to Payton’s fish-throwing. In response to a Drew Brees thumb injury, New Orleans put on a full-team effort. Deonte Harris returned a long punt, safety Vonn Bell had a scoop-and-score touchdown and Alvin Kamara had a memorable performance — if anything, it stuck with him.

Unfortunately, Payton’s aggressive coaching didn’t result in a postseason run. They lost their home Wild Card bout to the Minnesota Vikings in upset fashion, marking the third straight season they lost on one play.

The Saints will look to rebound from the loss to the Vikings in 2020. Under Payton, they look the part of a Super Bowl contender.

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