Look around the landscape of the NFL and ask yourself how many teams you would you rather be a fan of heading into the 2012 season. The NFC South? L-O-fucking-L! NFC West? Not much there other than the 49ers and Alex Smith, who I am confident will slump after that freakish streak of good luck last year. NFC East? The Giants just overachieved their way to a Championship. Good for them. I'd take this Saints roster in a heartbeat over Eli Manning and company any day of the week. That leaves the North. Yeah, Green Bay is good and I always have found it hard to hate them, with the exception of that smug discount double check motherfucker. He can go fly a kite.
No disrespect to the good teams of the AFC, and there are a few in Baltimore, New England, Pittsburgh, and Houston (Denver has every right to think they are going to be great with Peyton Manning this year but I'm going to have to wait to see them on the field before I crown them as the team to beat.) but I am a Saints fan and an NFC guy. Besides, 3 straight Superbowls have been won by the NFC team and until that changes, the NFC is obviously where it's at.
Honestly, the reason I even started writing this blog was because of the complete and utter douche baggery of the "writers" and "journalists" out there giving each other e-high-fives on twitter and facebook for the "articles" they have written where they parrot each others' nonsensical bullshit and tow the company line of the NFL; feigning outrage about something like a pay for performance program existing in the NFL and acting like football isn't a game that always has been a bunch of jacked up motherfuckers on the field trying to hit each other as hard as possible with the intention of instilling the fear of God into their opponents as a means of ultimately achieving their goal. That being said, it will probably get worse before it gets better. Once the player suspensions are handed down, there will be a whole new round of Jeff Duncan requesting a reach around from Peter King. My only hope is that once Training Camp starts this will become nothing but a background story to the actual happenings of football.
WE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS
Remember this from Zach Strief?
"This season is going to take on an us-versus-the-world mentality. The perception at this point is not very positive with us. We've worked very hard, I know as players, to gain respect, not only as a good team but as a good group of guys. that perception will go completely out the window now, and I think that'll kind of be a rallying cry for us. It will give us a chance to come closer together than we've ever been and say, 'Look, nobody even wants us to win anymore, and we're going to win for each other, for coach Payton and Mickey and the guys that essentially took this fall.'"
Look out. As if this team wasn't scary enough before they had extra motivation.
There will be no drop off. This is Drew's baby. His show. Every single player on this offense under Drew has done his job at a consistently at a high level for years. This isn't me acting like a little boy scared of the dark whistling to keep up my flagging spirits. This is the truth. This is fact. Anyone who watched just the playoff loss last year saw an offense that overcame tremendous adversity (some self inflicted); an offense that had punched their ticket to the NFC Championship game only to have their dreams dismantled by the sheer stupidity and arrogance of Gregg Williams and his idiotic blitz and man coverage schemes.
DREW BREES CONTRACT
Will get done. Does anyone actually believe that Brees will end up sitting out the year or that Loomis is too stupid to get the deal done? With any and everything that may be questionable for the coming season, this is the one thing I am not worried about. Read Drew's book if you haven't, and if you have, read it again. One thing he was adamant about was not letting your competition see the field. No matter how any of us feel about Chase Daniel's ability to win games or even make completions matters little. Drew knows that he loses ground in his bargaining position if Daniel takes wins just a few games. The deal will get done. Period.
The hype of Steve Spagnuolo coming in to take the reins of this defense may have been overshadowed immensely by the wake of Gregg Williams' shenanigans but that doesn't mean that he will be any less pivotal to the success of the Saints moving forward into the upcoming season. Looking at his resume' from the last time he was a defensive coordinator, there is no denying that this guy lights a fire under his players and gets them to play as one cohesive unit. With the linebacking additions to this Saints team, there is no longer such a glaring deficiency. The word coming from Spags' former players is that they love playing for the guy. No reason to think it would be any different at this juncture.
All defensive players are programmed from the time they pick up the game to kill. To hit their opponents harder and harder with each shot. There has never been anything wrong with laying someone out with a legal "kill shot" until this whole mess started. If players weren't happy about the picture being painted of our defensive mindset, would we have signed 4 big free agents on that side of the ball? Didn't think so.
3 new linebackers (finally.) Bunkley and his glorious neck. Martez Wilson in his second year. Romeus actually seeing some action. This will be the year that we find out whether it's been talent or scheme that has been the problem with the D.
Vitt will maintain order up until the regular season starts and then pass the torch to Kromer. No biggee. I don't think there's much that Kromer won't be willing to do. He told Olin Kreutz to pack his bags last year and demoted Carl Nicks to second team for not playing all out in practice during training camp. Anyone think this guy doesn't have what it takes to keep the ship from sinking for 6 weeks? After that, he gives it back to Vitt who apparently knows where all the bodies are buried in this organization having been the assistant head coach throughout his tenure here. Apparently he is well respected and often, in his role as assistant head coach, has made a habit of giving Saturday night speeches to the whole team. And, you know what? Fuck it. He's Payton's guy and if Payton thinks he's the guy to be runnin' thangs, so be it.
WE GOT THIS