There will be no lack of motivation for the Saints-Many media outlets are claiming that the Saints are due to suffer a letdown after such a great season. However, we all know that Sean Payton is a master motivator.
Last season, one of his motivational ploys was to give “Bring the Wood” bats to all the Saints players prior to the Saints game in order to motivate them to play a more physical style of football.
Heck, he even dressed up as Bill Belichick and criticized the team prior to the game against the Patriots.
Saints fans are the most raucous in the entire NFL- I remember the days when the Saints could not win a game on their home turf if their lives depended on it. That has changed completely.
Over the past two seasons, the Saints have compiled a 14-4 home record, with four losses coming against the Vikings and Panthers (2008) along with the Cowboys and Buccaneers( 2009).
Coming off watching their team win the Superbowl, Saints fans will be louder and more raucous than ever.
With a home-field advantage like that, the Saints can effectively neutralize other teams’ offenses in the Superdome. With the likes of the Cowboys, Vikings, Packers, Eagles, and Falcons’ offenses in the NFC, it will be key for the Saints in the upcoming 2010-2011 season.
The Saints defense will be improved-In 2009, the Saints were a team that relied on turnovers in order to get the job done. In fact, the New Orleans ranked 25th in yards allowed last season, giving up a whopping 357.8 yards per contest.
However, because of the turnovers they created, they gave their prolific offense a short field to score time and time again.
The defense even managed to put the ball in the end zone 9 times, all on its own.
In 2010, the unit will have had a year’s worthof experience under its belt. Furthermore, the addition of depth to key positions, such as corner back and defensive tackle, will keep the defense fresh throughout the season.
Drew Brees is still the signal caller-Drew Brees, who is arguably the most prolific passer in the NFL, has kept this offense in the top 3 since he arrived in 2006.
As the unquestioned leader of this team, not only does Brees have that epic motivational chant prior to every game, but he also carries the team through the ups and downs of the season.
His prolific passing opens lanes for the running backs and puts fear into the heart of opposing defenses.
Brees is at the top of his game and is the key ingredient for the Saints to repeat in 2010.
In conclusion the stars are aligned for the Saints to be the first team to repeat since the Patriots achieved the feat did in 2004.
If a few breaks can go their way during the season, they should be the clear favorites to Super Bowl XLV champs in 2011.