Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/3/13

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 08: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy during Super Bowl Champion Coach Press Conference at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on February 8, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is moonlighting this week as Ryan Palmer's caddie at the Greenbrier Classic. With the start of NFL training camp later this month, Payton said he was planning to spend a week relaxing at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. One thing led to another, and Payton ended up agreeing to help Palmer, who gave his regular PGA Tour caddie the week off. ''It's pretty cool to hear the mindset of one of the great coaches in the game, Super Bowl winning coach,'' Palmer said. After two days of participating in practice rounds and pro-am events, Payton said Wednesday he realized ''this isn't a vacation.'' Payton and Palmer are good friends who met in Dallas. They see each other when Palmer plays in the Zurich Classic in Louisiana and they've played an occasional round together during the summers. While Payton said he isn't good at playing golf, he said he's comfortable with figuring out yardage at the Greenbrier Classic, which starts Thursday. Payton compares being a caddie to visualizing an NFL game through the eyes of a quarterback and said he's taking the opportunity seriously. ''I know what game week feels like for me in the fall, and I know what it will feel like for him and what it does feel like for all these golfers,'' Payton said. ''Just to be invisible as a caddie and do your job and be supportive, those are the things that I look at as being important for me this week.'' To which Palmer added jokingly: ''Just shut up and keep up. That's it.'' Palmer, who has four top 10 finishes this season, said other caddies had warm reactions to Payton. While the best work in golf is done in a quiet environment while football's best work is amid a stadium full of screaming fans, the discipline required to succeed is the same, Payton said. ''(There's) a lot of tedious work that goes for the most part unnoticed,'' Payton said. ''And it's pretty interesting to be around this venue and just see how these guys get around the course and what's going through their mind.'' Payton had plenty of time to play golf during his one-year suspension as part of the NFL's bounty investigation. He was reinstated in January. The Saints went 7-9 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years. ''I know our players are looking forward to getting back,'' Payton said.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pacific Notes: Flames looking for winger, Nugent-Hopkins' injury won't change Oilers' plan

Knicks hesitant to go after Kemba Walker

Rays still engaged in Archer trade talks

Details emerge on Brady's injury: 'Right thumb bent back badly'

Roy Halladay autopsy shows he had mix of drugs in system

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Indians, Orioles had discussed Manny Machado trade

Report: Jets WR threatened to sexually assault cop's wife

Report: Cavs seeking trades for DeAndre Jordan, George Hill

Tom Brady has 'just a cut' near knuckle, needed stitches

NFL determines Raiders complied with Rooney Rule

Report: Todd Haley wants to be Cardinals’ offensive coordinator

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Top 10 X-factors for Conference Championship Games

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

15 underrated NBA players having tremendous seasons

Saints News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

The 'Baby I'm a (All-)Star' quiz

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker