4 reasons why the Saints get very little respect from the national sports media

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen - Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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If you are a New Orleans Saints fan, you may notice that there are very few high-profile sports reporters or sports analysts picking the Saints as a legit threat in the NFC this season. This may be very confusing to some due to the organization making some big moves this offseason — Drafting receiver Chris Olave, signing wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and safety Tyrann Matthieu among others.

It seems no matter what the Saints do they never seem to get respect from the mainstream sports media. They are constantly written off and tossed aside.

The Saints throughout the years have been one of the most successful franchises in the NFL, racking up the second-most regular-season wins over the past five seasons. Why is a team so successful given so little respect?

Here are four reasons why the Saints don’t get the love they deserve.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady
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4. Tom Brady plays in the same division

Tom Brady is one of, if not the greatest, quarterback to ever put on an NFL helmet. He has played in 10 Super Bowls and won seven of them.

After spending 20 years in New England, Brady decided to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which made the Bucs one of the most polarizing teams in the NFL. Brady coming to the Bucs made the Saints even more of an afterthought and as long as Brady is playing in the NFC South it will continue to be that way.

Media members would rather spend their time talking about Brady being the Bucs savior than giving the Saints credit for being the class of the division.

Before this season, the Saints had won four straight division titles and they have had Brady’s number. Since joining the Buccaneers the Saints have swept Tom Brady and the Bucs in the regular season. The only loss came in the divisional round of the 2020 playoffs.

Brady casts a huge shadow over the entire NFC South, and will always get the top headlines. No matter how many times the Saints make Tom Brady look mortal it doesn’t seem to matter. The national sports media continue to put the Saints in the rear view, and Tom Brady at the forefront.