The New Orleans Saints Are Building A Bridge To Next Season

October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; A New Orleans Saints fan holds a large picture of head coach Sean Payton (not pictured) during their game against the San Diego Chargers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook – US PRESSWIRE

We may have to learn to accept watching two other teams playing in our stadium for the Lombardi Trophy this season, but it doesn’t mean the team isn’t making progress. No, I’m not saying we can’t make the playoffs this year, but we don’t just have a hill to climb: we have a mountain standing in front of us.

The Saints don’t have a lot of wiggle room left. We face the toughest team in the NFC next Sunday: the Atlanta Falcons, but at least we face them at home. That still leaves us facing the 49ers in Week 12 at home, the Falcons again in Week 12 at the Georgia Dome, and a daunting task in December.

In December we won’t be playing in our cozy home-dome; we’ll be freezing our buns off at MetLife Stadium facing the defending Super Bowl champion Giants and a hostile crowd. It bears mentioning that in Week 12 we have to play San Fransisco on a Sunday, then travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons the following Thursday. No matter the outcome this Sunday the Georgia Dome game will feel like fighting lions in the Roman Colosseum.

So why do I say we’re building a bridge? Simple: because we started building in in 2010, we just haven’t gotten it across the river yet. I guess you could say that construction got shut down in the offseason this year while we fought the village idiots in the media and the NFL. It’s also fair to say that we haven’t gotten many bridge pilings seated yet in a new zone defense, but that may be starting to change.

Last Sunday we finally stopped spinning our wheels and got some defensive traction.

The bottom line: Regardless of how this season ends we can be sure that it will be a “new ball game” next year. We’ll get our head coach Sean Payton signed to a new contract, we’ll draft some good zone defense players, and we’ll start all over again. Barring a new attack upon the Saints by the NFL all the Saints management, coaching staff and Saints players will be ready to kick butt.

Next season it’s payback time.

Topics: Coaching/Staff, New Orleans Saints, Saints Management, Saints Players, Sean Payton

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  • Larry James

    The Saints going to kick butts and make it to the playoffs, the New Orleans Saints don’t have if in their mouth. They has a new motto “We play, We battle” so this what the Saints did Monday night against the eagles was a battle. For the Falcons game on Sunday “We play, We battle” it is, what it is, when the Saints let the dogs out. When the Saints beat the Falcons they will be ready for the teams the people’s think they not going beat. I don’t like when people’s puts a team in a group because of they stats, I look at stats as just a word just because a team give up 100′s of yards can still win a games. The Saints is on fire a team that you can’t say you going to beat because of stats that’s the way the eagle’s looked at the New Orleans Saints but the Falcons knows that the Saints know push overs.

    • Magyver

      Larry, this is the best team the Falcons have put on the field in years. What I hope is that the Falcons go in so cocky that they get sloppy. We’ll need turnovers in this game to have a decent chance.

      • Larry James

        I have a lot of Faith in the Saints because of what they been through and the coaches not having faith in their running game. They just started running Chris Ivory on Monday Night against the Eagle’s. And I believe if they would have started the running game in the beginning of regular season I believe they would have had a better record. I looks at the talent side of the team by them holding out Chris Ivory was a big mistake. If you notice Mark Ingram yards rushing were 2. Something doing the start of regular season, but monday night Chris Ivory bought it to Mark Ingram making him play like a runningback.

  • James C. Morse

    …Good article & great points. Yes, the reality is the Saints need to run~the~table in order to make the postseason. That isn’t going to happen; not w/ this defense. That’s ok. I Love my Saints! Let’s just focus on busting-up the Failclowns’ undefeated season! ***WHO-DAT’?!!!*** :D

    • Magyver

      I tell you what: If we can’t run the season let’s play “spoiler”. We owe Eli Manning an azz-whupin’ in December for going public taking Roger Goodell’s word for gospel and judging the Saints guilty without a fair trial.

      • James C. Morse

        …I completely forgot about Eli saying that. Dat’ little sh%t. ;)