Saints coach Sean Payton said Friday it’s not enough for New Orleans fans to make noise when the Rams have the ball Sunday.
The timing of that noise, Payton says, is everything.
The Saints host the Rams in the NFC championship game (3:05 p.m. ET), and the decibel level in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome could pose problems for the high-powered Rams offense and third-year quarterback Jared Goff.
But Payton said the Rams’ offensive pace can help negate the loud environment. So he had some advice for Saints fans.
“I think what’s important for our fan base is understanding when that crowd noise needs to begin differently this week than normal weeks,” Payton said (via The Advocate). “That crowd noise needs to begin prior to 15 seconds left (on the play clock). That crowd needs to begin just as that last play finished.”
Payton explained the Rams often get to the line and snap the ball quickly, before the fan noise reaches its peak.
“They’ll come out the huddle quickly and snap the ball…” Payton said. “They do a good job of trying to counter that (crowd noise) with tempo, or change of tempo.”
The Saints are 3.5-point favorites over the Rams.