There it is folks. Is it too late to throw it on the cover of the media guide? Seriously, there is nothing that speaks more volumes about this current Saints team than this picture. It could only be more symbolic if Marques Colston was the one letting the ball hit his hands and fall inches out of his grasp and if Brandon Browner was in the background looking at a playbook like it was written in Swahili.
So close, yet so far away. Frustration. Anger. Indifference. It's got it all. I'm pretty sure I have had the exact same reaction of every single person in this picture at one point or another. Mostly Damian Swann, who is pretty much just cursing the existence of God at this point. Been there Damian, been there. As a matter of fact, I think I have been there about 7-8 times per game since the start of the season.
The most infuriating thing about this picture, and more specifically the season, is that it's right there for the taking. The victories Saints fans so desperately long for are within the team's grasp. Whether it's Drew Brees or Luke McCown. Whether it's on the road at Arizona or at home to the Buccaneers. The Saints have had a legitimate chance to win every game they have played, despite executing like a team that should lose every game by 30. I don't even know if I am impressed that they play so bad yet come so close to winning, or if I am angered by the fact that they keep pissing away gift wrapped opportunities. If this team would just lose by 20 points like common sense says they should then it would be easy to just watch without getting completely emotionally invested. Instead they drag your heart along with a string and then drive it into the ground with a stake in the dying seconds. Watching a Saints game is like watching every sports movie ever made with the complete opposite ending. There's ups. There's downs. Their hopelessness. There's optimism. Then, in the very end, when your expecting that one play that the whole game has been building up to, the one play that will make it all worth it, they completely soil themselves as the camera fades to black. Can we get an alternate ending one time? These sequels are starting to get old and repetitive.