ESPN- "This group, I’m telling you, and I said this to them -- there’s no sugar-coating a loss, but their effort and their want-to, all those things are in place," Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday after his team’s 16-13 loss to the New York Giants. "Now we’ve got to find a way to detail the specifics, and that starts with us as coaches.
"These days after (losses), we’ve got to be brutally honest with ourselves, not only just the players, but with the coaches as well, and we’ve got to be better. It’s not gloom and doom, but when you play in a game like that ... the field position, the mistakes made on your side or on their side of the field can be significant."
Oh whew, the effort and 'want-to' ARE in place. You know, after watching the last two games I had the feeling they were competing pretty hard, but sometimes it's just nice to hear it from the man who knows better than anyone what they are capable of. Apparently this year's New Orleans Saints team is capable of not completely embarrassing themselves against mediocre competition. Quite the step in the right direction if we are being honest. Makes perfect sense that things aren't "doom and gloom" in-house. Sure, they are 0-2 for the 3rd time in 3 years after losing extremely winnable games in distinctively excruciating fashion, but at least they are trying! Everyone knows that exerting energy is what puts asses in the seats and trophies in the case.
Who cares that they appear to be marred in irrelevance during the twilight of their Hall Of Fame quarterback's career? It's not about whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. I know this because if it wasn't then the black cloud of season's past would be hovering over a locker room that hasn't housed a winner in far too long. According to their head coach the franchise forecast is much closer to sunshine and rainbows than it is to dark skies and impending disaster. So, they let a two touchdown lead get washed away in week one, and rained offensive incompetence all over a stellar defensive performance in week two. The weather has since cleared up, and that will to win is finally shining through. It might not actually result in any wins because teams that find ways to lose generally make a habit of it, but at least I can feel comfortable knowing that they are giving it their all. That's really all you can ask for out of a professional football team that just gave it's coach a 5 year extension. It's not like the NFL is a cutthroat business or anything. No reason to focus on yet another dreadful record to start the season when the hard work that went into attaining is really what champions are made of! Simply nothing more satisfying than a moral victory.