New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak are good friends with a mutual respect for each others teams and coaching style. So every pre-season, barring playing each other in the regular season, the two decide to hold a series of joint practices.
The problem is the Saints and Texans players aren’t as friendly as Payton and Kubiak.
In previous years almost from the get-go Saints and Texans players were at each others throats but for the most part the two sides were relatively civil to each other through the first few days of joint practices this week, that is until today when tempers began to flair.
Saints safety Chip Vaughn kicked of the festivitieswhen he decided to tackle Houston running back Chris Henry by his dreads which of course ignited tempers on both sides making for a very tense environment.
Next came blows on the tail end of a play between rookie center Matt Tennant and Houston defensive end Pannel Egboh after the two had been battling in the trenches pretty heavily for the last few plays, both players still had their helmets on.
From that point pushing and shoving would ensue after almost every play between one or two Saints-Texans players, the most notable of which was the back and forth between middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Texans center Chris Myers.
Myers and Vilma have a relationship that dates back to their high school playing days so each would go after one another at every chance while jawing back and forth.
Myers would continue to block Vilma out of the play and off the sideline even after the whistle was blown to called the play dead, meanwhile Vilma would take evert opportunity to bump Myers with late hits also after the play was whistled dead.
Judging by the actions of both sides during this morning’s practice you can count on fireworks once they can finally live tackle during Saturday’s pre-season game which will air late Saturday night on NFL Network.