Saints’ Payton says it’s not time to make changes

DAVIE, Fla. — After a significant wait for the Saints to finish their indoor practice Monday, coach Sean Payton took questions for the first time this week from media assembled at the Miami Dolphins practice facility.

Nothing that surprising came out of Payton’s news conference. He touched on the career comeback of DT Anthony Hargrove, extolled the characteristics of QB Drew Brees and downplayed last week’s comments from defensive coordinator Gregg Williams during a short session that included about 15 questions.

One of the messages Payton did deliver Monday: If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Expect the Saints to keep doing what they do well.

“I think when teams get to this point and time, all of us have tendencies and things that you do well,” Payton said about game-planning. “Just because you’re now at this stage, this portion of the season … the mistake sometimes is trying to change too much. There’s a reason you’ve had success, and I think it’s important in this type of atmosphere that you give your players things that they do well. Those are the things that they’re able to draw on in a game like this.”

— Frank Tadych

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