The New Orleans Saints haven’t been to the playoffs since the 2020 season. In the three years since that season, New Orleans has went 9-8, 7-10, and 9-8, finishing second in the NFC South twice, and third once. It’s certainly not the standard that the Saints have created for themselves over the last 15 years.
However, New Orleans is a much different team than the squad that was a perennial contender during the 2010s. Drew Brees is retired and Sean Payton is the head coach of the Denver Broncos. The Saints do still have veteran leaders like Cam Jordan, who know what being a successful team in New Orleans looks like.
Recently, Jordan spoke with the Around The NFL podcast, and explained what he thinks the Saints need. Jordan admitted that as a veteran, he knows not to put his GM hat on; he plays and let’s the front office handle the off-field stuff. However, Jordan did say that “maybe a culture shock needs to happen.”
"I think there's a core group of our players that push positivity, whatever it is, and in fact I loved our locker room this year. But if our locker room isn't winning at a high rate, things are going to have to shake. One day they're going to be like, 'Hey, Cam. Your time, bud.' And I'll be like, hey, I hope the Saints keep on winning. Whatever it takes. I just want the Saints to win."- Cam Jordan
Cam Jordan says Saints may need a culture shock
This is a very honest and mature answer by the veteran defensive lineman that just finished his 13th season in the NFL. Jordan understands that the NFL is often a results-based business and the reality is New Orleans isn’t producing the results the franchise wants.
It also doesn’t help that the Saints are the oldest team in the NFL and also have a devastating cap situation. Another mediocre season could result in New Orleans moving on from a ton of veterans and deciding to hit the reset button. The 2024 season will go a long way in determining the immediate future of the organization.