Is that where we are at now? Sean Payton's idea of a "moral victory" is getting football players that make MILLIONS of dollars to willing participate in practices? Don't worry Saints fans. That product on the field, you know, the one that you spend 3 hours watching every Sunday? Yeah, well, it might suck, but at least they are trying in practice now.
Not helping Sean, not helping. Saints fans didn't even know how bad the locker room got last year until the beginning of this year, so you can't use it's relative improvement as a positive. If Sean Payton had come out after Week 17 last year and said "temper your expectations, because this team is a goddamn trainwreck and needs to be rebuilt from the ground up" then he might have actually set the table for the disappointment fans are dealing with now. Saints fans see no improvement because they didn't even realize how much there was that needed to be improved. Don't try to spoon feed us optimism when there is no optimism to be had. Fans don't care if their 1-4 team has a great locker room culture. This isn't youth soccer. Stop handing out proverbial orange slices because the team gets along and has a positive attitude. This is a results oriented business, and to this point, the results have been far from praiseworthy.
This would have been a great line of reasoning after the Saints had lost to a great Arizona team by less than touchdown. It would have made a little sense after the Saints lost to the Buccaneers with an injured Drew Brees. It may have been nice to hear after the Saints barely lost to an undefeated Panthers team with their backup quarterback. This week, however, is not the week to tell the fans that players care more this year than last year. Not after they went out there and completely embarrassed themselves against a bad Eagles team. Not after they all but quit halfway through the third quarter. Not after they put up a performance that bared a stark resemblance to some of their most demoralizing defeats of last season. You can't even use the "it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game" rhetoric. Not only because these guys play for a hefty paycheck and not just the love of the game, but also because these guys played the game like absolute dog shit. Actions speak louder than words, and the actions of the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday were of a team that didn't care. I'm not saying that's the general consensus in the locker room, but that's what it seemed like, and that's all that matters in professional football.