The Saints 'cheeseless' diet works wonders

Published: Oct. 3, 2013 at 2:15 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 at 2:53 AM CDT
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Saints head coach Sean Payton calls it noise. The sound he hears when anyone tries to get him to address how great his team is now that it's off to a 4-0 start. The best since 13-0 in 2009,the Super Bowl year.

I get it, but me getting it doesn't matter. It's the players who have to get it. Their focus must be on what the Saints are calling the next one game season, that's against Chicago on the road this Sunday.

It's a four word, unbreakable order of the day, "don't eat the cheese."

Saints quarterback Drew Brees: "Don't eat the cheese has been a saying at times. Many, many times over the last 8 years going back to when we played Atlanta in the reopening of the Dome Monday night. Don't eat the cheese. That means don't read your own press clippings. Don't allow everybody telling you how great you are patting you on the back to alter your mindset as to what got you there in the first place. You focus on the process, and the rest will take care of itself."

The Saints have always managed to do a good job of compartmentalizing.

It worked last year when they were able to turn that disaster of a season, bounty scars and all, into a respectable finish.

And, it can work this season as they have the chance to do something special.

The only cheese they want to have is on their deep dish pie from Pizzeria Uno.