Turns out Marcus Peters was wrong
It's not Gumbo Week, after all.
Apparently, it's crawfish season.
At least it was on Wednesday (Jan. 16) in Los Angeles, where the loquacious Rams cornerback suddenly turned conciliatory diplomat when asked about the New Orleans Saints and head coach Sean Payton.
"Like I said, you know, I have the utmost respect for the Saints and their head coach and organization, you know, "Peters said. “But things like that, I'm going to be ready to play just as much as they're going to be ready to play. We're trying to play a game. We are not trying to talk about no gumbo. We can talk about all that stuff afterwards. "
Sorry, Marcus. I'm not feelin 'ya.
If you're going to talk to the talk then you have to walk the walk.
Everyone knows The Rams brain trust has locked down its one-time lockdown corner, which is difficult enough to provide the nets with no bulletin board material to the NFC's No. 1
But give Peter's credit. He can backpedal with the best of them.
He deleted his "gumbo week" tweet almost as soon as he posted it on Monday, and now he's in full retreat again, just days before his date with destiny in the NFC Championship Game
Regardless, the damage is done. Payton has already won the mind game between the two. He's in Peters' head and has been since November.
You'd think Peters would have been chagrined by the schooling he took from Michael Thomas that week 9 afternoon, Seven of Thomas' 12 rece ptions and 146 of his franchise record 211 yards came against Peters in coverage, including the game-clinching 72-yard touchdown catch.
Now Payton has Peters right where he wants him
Rest assured, Peters is going to be challenged on Sunday. He will not be able to hide, even if defensive coordinator Wade Phillips elects, as expected, to play more zone coverage and assign Aqib Talib to Thomas a man-to-man.
Payton will have a plan to take advantage of Peters 'aggressiveness and use it against him. It's not a matter of if, but when he goes after him. Peters might as well replace the no. 22 on his jersey with a bull's eye
"If I was (Peters), I would get focused," Hall of Famer Cris Carter said this week on Fox Sports "First Things First. “I know Sean. Sean Payton is coming after Marcus Peters on Sunday. ”
Payton believes in the power of bulletin board material. He's a disciple of Bill Parcells, one of the all-time masters of gridiron psychological warfare. Payton is looking to gain an edge anywhere she can find one, and if she can use it, she can do it. Likewise, he vehemently discourages trash talk from his team.
When Cam Jordan questioned the Hall of Fame prospects of Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday before the Saints Week 16 game against the Steelers, it was no coincidence that the Pro Bowl defensive end mysteriously went AWOL during media sessions leading up to kickoff.
Before the Saints' regular-season opener against the Detroit Lions, defensive than Jeff Charleston was asked what he thought about Matthew Stafford making his rookie debut in the intimidating environment of The Superdome
"Fresh meat," Charleston said matter-of-factly.
Payton was apoplectic the next day when The Times-Picayune trumpeted Charleston's response in a World War III worthy all caps headline. Payton read with the riot act during a phone call that night, chastising, among other things, our news judgment, journalistic integrity and editorial credibility.
in the locker of every Lions player first thing tomorrow morning, "Payton said.
A few days later the Saints routed the Lions 45-27 behind Drew Brees and a defense that intercepted Stafford three times and repeatedly harassed him.
Off-field motivation is often overridden, as we learned from the Saints' beatdown of the Lions in 2009.
The Saints don't need extra motivation this week, not with a Super Bowl berth on the line. But Peters has supplied them with some. And that's a mistake.
Prodded about Peters' gumbo comments on Wednesday, Payton refused to take the bait, saying that he didn't like seafood and was "more of a Midwestern steak-and-potato guy."
He didn't say it, but my guess is Payton isn't a big fan of crawfish, either.