Sean Payton criticized the glorification of practice fights and sent a message to his players that it won't be tolerated.
"You guys watched it last night," Payton said of Tuesday's melee between the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams. "For as much as we're harping about avoiding it, hell, the network puts in on 11 times."
Payton didn't specifically call out any networks.
"It's a big reason why we're practicing with them [Patriots] a third time," Payton said. "We know it's gonna be about improving both teams. We're both trying to do the same thing at this period of training camp.
"That's unfortunate when you see it happen with other teams. And clearly when you put a team on television like "Hard Knocks" and then practice with someone else, we've seen that formula happen two years in a row. So that's nothing new."