New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams suggested in a radio interview last week that the Saints need to deliver "a couple 'remember me' shots" when they have a chance to hit Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
"Didn't have one,'' he said Monday during the team's media availability. "I didn't hear it. I guess I've been playing long enough that I didn't have any reaction to it."
Saints coach Sean Payton didn't seem troubled by Williams' remarks.
"Given the nature of Super Bowl week, I think one of the first things you do defensively is try to pressure the quarterback and disrupt the timing," he said. "I think it's fairly common sense with defensive football, so I really don't pay much attention to that."
Need help with
your luggage, sir?
A nice touch by the Saints' Pro Bowl players yesterday, as they showed up in bellhop uniforms at the team hotel when the rest of the players arrived in New Orleans. The group included quarterback Drew Brees, safety Darren Sharper, guard Jahri Evans, linebacker Jonathan Vilma and tackle Jon Stinchcomb.
The idea was nothing new, however. Payton knew that former 49ers coach Bill Walsh greeted his players in a bellhop uniform when they arrived in Detroit for the Super Bowl after the 1981 season. The Niners won the first of three Super Bowl titles under Walsh.
Rain, rain, go away
The threat of rain prompted the NFL to move today's media day activities indoors. The event now will take place on the club level at Sun Life Stadium.
The Saints' plans were changed by yesterday's heavy rains. They originally were supposed to have a walk-through practice in Coral Gables, Fla., but wound up practicing at the Dolphins' indoor facility in Davie. The remainder of the week calls for only a chance of showers.
vs. Eli Manning?
The other day, Manning mistakenly referred to Saints safety Darren Sharper as Jamie Sharper, the former Ravens and Texans linebacker. Darren Sharper is the younger brother of Jamie Sharper.
Darren Sharper returned the favor at Monday afternoon's news briefing, referring to Peyton as Eli, his kid brother on the Giants.
'Who Dat!' grievance settled
Louisiana's attorney general said Monday that stores selling T-shirts with the phrase "Who Dat!" can be sold, as long as they don't make other references to the Saints or the NFL.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell had a conference call with the NFL's general counsel to discuss cease-and-desist letters from the NFL that some Louisiana T-shirt makers received in recent weeks. Caldwell said the league is objecting only to shirts that are marketed or presented as Saints or NFL apparel.
The NFL said Monday that it had contacted only retailers who used the phrase with other pro football trademarks.