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Nerves no issue for Saints, Payton says

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By Mike Wilkening

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Saints head coach Sean Payton isn't worried about the Super Bowl stage being too big for his club.

"Sure, there's going to be nerves, and guys are going to be wound up, but we're going to manage that fine," he said Friday. 

Payton has kept his team in its usual schedule and routine as much as possible, with a few concessions made to the logistics of Super Bowl week. But overall, Payton said, "the workweek's going well, and I think that the schedule and the way our players have managed the schedule and the distractions, (they've) handled it well."

The Saints' final practice is Friday, and the challenge of stopping Colts QB Peyton Manning and Indianapolis' powerful offense looms just two days away.

"He's done it — we were talking about this at breakfast — he's done it over time," Payton said of Manning. "His staying power, and his consistency, and his approach is unique. That's why it is talked about so much. We've got a lot of respect for his abilities and what they've done offensively there, and coaches, and preparation. It will be a tremendous challenge for us. We're going to have our work cut out for us with the way he's playing."

 

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