Cam Jordan Thinks The Saints Are Ready To Win Now, And I'd Be Pretty Concerned If He Felt Differently
PFT- While speaking with Greg Bishop of The MMQB, Saints defensive end Cam Jordan said the team is thinking Super Bowl.
“We’re building a team to win a Super Bowl,” Jordan said. “We’re not building for the future. It’s hard not to believe in our team. We’re ready to win it now.”
Plenty of teams feel like Super Bowl contenders entering a new season, but only one will be crowned the champion. And although Jordan feels confident, he knows the way the Saints have played in recent years is not going to cut it.
“Well, we finished the last three seasons 7-9 and our defense was in the mid-20s,” he said. “That’s not where we want to be. Last time we were a top-five defense we made the playoffs [2013, defense ranked fourth]. That’s what we want to be.”
As much as I like hearing the Saints most accomplished and trustworthy defensive player speak confidently about his team's Super Bowl aspirations, I would be lying if I understood why it was even remotely newsworthy. I know New Orleans has finished 7-9 in each of the last three seasons, but I hardly consider (potentially blind) optimism and faith from a proud professional athlete to be deserving of it's own headline. I guess I am glad that Cam Jordan doesn't think his defense is still a complete sieve that is going to sabotage the final years of Drew Brees' illustrious career, but it would probably be a hell of a lot better for clicks if he did.
I think it's pretty obvious that the Saints believe their championship window is now. It might just barely remain cracked open on the strength of a 'Hall Of Fame' arm, but it's no secret that every move that has been made with the immediate future in mind. That is, unless you believe Adrian Peterson is going to touting the rock until his early 40's and Drew Brees is going to be the one handing it off to him from a wheelchair. Whether the organization has done a good enough job in restocking the defense remains to be seen, but it should be evident that their primary focus over the offseason wasn't in building an 8-8 team that could continue to waste the talents of a top 3-5 player at the most important position. I'm glad Cam Jordan knows that, but I find a bit disconcerting that literally anyone wouldn't.