By Christy Chauvin //@WhoDatWarriors
Looking back at the Saints since the pinnacle of their 2009 Super Bowl success, you would have to say this team is full of survivors who know how to change and become better. A list of what they have survived:
- The Loss of defensive end Will Smith
- Bounty Gate
- Gregg Williams
- Rob Ryan
- Joe Vitt
- Bill Johnson
- Greg McMahon
- Defensive back Darren Sharper
- DE Junior Galette
- Salary cap HELL
- Six years of unspectacular drafts (2010-2016)
- Will he or won’t he return Sean Payton stories
- Will he stay or go– quarterback Drew Brees
- 2010 playoff loss to Beast Mode
- 2011 playoff loss to San Fran – Where have you gone, QB Alex Smith?
- 2013 playoff loss to the Seahawks – Jet engines and field painting, Popeyes and Gatorade
- Three years of 7-9 seasons
- Roster turnover (over 80 players)
- Managed to survive defensive backs Jairus Byrd, Keenan Lewis, cornerback Brandon Browner, as well as running back Adrian Peterson
- Endured the current season-ending injuries of 11 players
- Shocked the fans with the trades of tight end Jimmy Graham, wide receiver Brandin Cooks, and WR Kenny Stills
- Battled through the tragedy that is Junior Galette’s life and his salary
- Overcame a 0-2 start to join other teams who also had a 9% chance to turn it and who made it deep into the playoffs including some who won the Super Bowl.
- 1993 Dallas Cowboys – Won Super Bowl
- 2001 New England Patriots – Won Super Bowl
- 2007 New York Giants – Won Super Bowl
- 1996 New England Patriots – Lost Super Bowl
- Beat the Washington Redskins by erasing a 15-point deficit in the last three minutes of regulation. Saints eventually won in overtime on a field goal just like they did in 2009 when WR Robert Meachem stripped an intercepted ball and returned it for a touchdown.
- Headset Gate – Outsides the Lines report that Mickey Loomis had the visiting coach’s room bugged in the Superdome.
- Whistle Gate – Tennessee Titans claim Saints were causing whistle havoc on the sidelines in 2011.
This is New Orleans. We survive, thrive and have fun doing it our way. Most teams don’t morph and become better. Most get better with a new coach. Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis deserve credit for making difficult coaching personnel decisions at the beginning of this year and put loyalty to all the team above their loyalty to some great men they have coached with over the years. I still miss Joe Vitt but not the linebacking play.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 8, 2018
#GeauxSaints and beat the Vikes on Sunday.
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