Who Dats braced for the offseason which saw the addition of running backs Mark Ingram in the 2011 Draft and the departure of running back Reggie Bush to the Miami Dolphins.
Free agency was glorious and included the addition of one of Brees’ old teammates from the San Diego Chargers, running back/kick returner Darren Sproles along with a slew of promised upgrades at defense.
Although the Saints lost their opening game to the Green Bay Packers, they threaded through the season. The only speed bumps was a forgettable loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the shocking one to the dreadful St. Louis Rams.
Along the way Brees destroyed the single season passing record set by quarterback Dan Marino over 25 years ago and the Saints were proving the team favored to reach the Super Bowl.
The start of another rough ride began when the Saints were defeated in the Divisional round of the playoffs on January 14, 2011 by the San Francisco 49ers, with a score of 36-32.