In an interview on WWL Sports Thursday night, New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis put all doubts aside on what caused the team to fall to a dismal 7-9 record for the 2012 season.
When discussing the reason behind the failure to reach the postseason and play for a championship in New Orleans, Loomis likely hurt the feelings of every Saints fan who blamed everything on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s backbreaking suspensions and sanctions involving the bounty scandal.
“We can’t blame 7-9 on anybody but ourselves.”
It might be rough to hear for fans but that is simply the truth for the wounded Saints who had an up and down season that Who Dat Nation hasn’t seen in close to three years.
Loomis expressed that this type of season is “difficult to swallow” and that it’s “not the expectations our fans have become accustomed to.” Both are correct as loyal fans struggled to make sense of the once razor sharp offense that was highly inconsistent and a defense that was consistent at one thing which was being the worst in NFL history.
Speaking of defense, he referred to it as the “perfect storm” which was also true because it rained grief and brought clouds of doubt on defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo who was once praised at the beginning of the season for choosing the Saints as his new home.
In speaking with WWL Sports and in an article by NFL.com Loomis used the word “critical” in describing how things will be looked at on the team during the offseason especially the defense.
The popular opinion being on defense that we’ll likely see familiar faces like defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis shown the door and others like defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma possibly gone as well unless they do one heck of contract restructuring.
It was pretty refreshing to hear that Loomis wants the club to start off with a “No Excuses” attitude instead of the one that they tied to adopt this past season which was “Us Against the World” that got them where there are right now.