New Orleans Saints wanted to extend camp, move to better weather in California
By Mike Triplett, The Times PicayuneNew Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton said there were a number of reasons for the team's decision to head West for an extra week of training camp in Oxnard, Calif., from August 21-28.
Most importantly, Payton said he wanted to extend training camp for an extra week during this abbreviated NFL offseason. He wanted the extra time to build team camaraderie and continue to install the team's playbook.
In order to do that here in Metairie, the Saints might have had to switch hotels. But Payton said he liked the idea of taking camp on the road to a new location anyway. He said the team considered a few locations, but Oxnard was the top choice and fit into the travel plans between exhibition games at Houston and at Oakland.
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