METAIRIE (KATC) – Sean Payton doesn’t like gumbo. I know I have your attention and this is not a joke.
Payton stayed away from most gumbo talk during Wednesday’s weekly Saints availability. When asked about it, Payton said he didn’t like seafood adding “I’m more a mid-west steak and potato kind of guy.”
But why are we even talking about gumbo?
If you didn’t know the Saints and Rams, specifically Marcus Peters, have a bit of a feud going on and gumbo got drug in.
Back in November Micheal Thomas rung up more than 200 receiving yards on the Rams and after the game Sean Payton was asked about it. He told reporters that he “really liked” the match-up between Thomas and Peters.
Peter fired back: “Tell Sean Payton, keep talking that (stuff),” he said after the loss. “We’re going to see him soon. You feel me? Yeah. ‘Cause I like what he was saying on the sideline, too. Tell him he can keep talking that (stuff), and I hope he sees me soon. You feel me? Then we’re going to have a good little, nice little bowl of gumbo together.”
That leads us to the NFC championship and a rematch between the two teams. Earlier in the week Peters, in a since deleted tweet, simply said “gumbo week.” Rams head coach Sean McVay yelled into Peters’ press conference this week “Let me get some of that soup!” (someone tell Sean McVay gumbo isn’t soup please.)
Reporters took the gumbo talk to the Saints front door Wednesday, Payton shied away giving Peters nothing but respect. “I’m a huge Marcus Peters fan,” Payton said. “A lot of it was friendly banter, but he’s a tremendous player, a real talented player with dangerous ball skills. He’s someone that you have to know where he’s at all times.”
“We’re trying to play a game. We ain’t trying to talk about no gumbo,” said Peters on Wednesday. “We can talk about all that stuff afterward.”
The Saints host the Rams Sunday, a 2 p.m. kickoff at the Superdome in the NFC championship.