I have just gotten back to Da Chronic after taking a little break, and I gotta say it feels good to be back. I've played catch up and read a lot of thoughts and ideas in a small amount of time, so this could come out really choppy, but I think there are a few things that need to be said, and the soon to be 3 year old isn't around to tell me about her dire need for Scooby-Doo fruit snacks (I'm admittedly indulging in them right now...don't judge me).
Stu, glad to have you back.
Let's start with Sean Payton, and his "downward spiral." I do not agree with everything Sean Payton does. However, I can not and will not ask for someone to do more than they have done so far. All you windup toys calm down...I know we haven't won a Superbowl...yet. And that's the point...yet. In the past three years, he has turned a historically underachieving mediocre team of losers, into a historically underachieving mediocre team of winners. And I don't give a damn what you say, that counts for something. That counts for a lot. Listen to the players in their interviews, they sound confident, they sound light-hearted, they sound educated, well mannered, and like real leaders. How many Saints do you hear in the media, minus a couple known exceptions that I'm not real fond of, making asses out of themselves sounding like ignorant babies. Sure, partly because the noose on media, more so because we are gathering a team of decent human beings, with exceptional human beings leading it.
I'm fully aware we have had back to back .500 seasons. Bottom line: We are addressing the problems. They have done it from day one, and they have done it well. The truth is that none of us know every factor weighing into the desicions these men make. I agree with a very large percentage of the decisions (or can at least understand them). I can't help but believe that a small percentage of the time I disagree with them, there isn't something I don't know floating around that would change my mind. The Houser thing looks bad and probably is what it looks like. But you know what? I don't give a damn. I think it's in the best intrest of the team. Actions have consequences. If EVERYONE in that situation kept that in mind, maybe it would have blown over better. Regardless, he is the only coach to take us to a NFC Championship. He is great in the community, we have the number one offense in the leauge...you know what, on to the next point.
Reggie. I was one of, if not the first on the PT bandwagon. Hell, I'm not gonna lie, I built the thing. As a matter of fact reference here. (That's kickin' it old school 16 votes) But here is the bottom line: Ask yourself this question, "Do I want Reggie Bush on any other team than the Saints?" The answer should be no, you should now realize now matter how he is utilized, or underutilized, he is an irreplaceable asset. No one can do what he does. We do not know what it is yet, but he's the only one. We could replace what PT does. PT is essential, but interchangeable. Reggie is a unique football player. Now that everybody is on board, let's roll.
Actually let's roll into this, I think we are taking it all the way this year. I really, truly believe it is going to happen. There is no convincing myself otherwise, I think the pieces are in place, I thnk the intangibles are in our favor, I'm not cautiously optimistic, I'm done, I'm all in, It's going down, I tried to not get caught because things go wrong, other teams get better too, etc. etc.. But I really don't give a shit anymore. I don't believe in magic, or jinxes, so screw it. We are gonna be really happy at the end of this season because we finally did it. We suffered through it all becasue we knew that it would be that much sweeter in the end. Ladies & gentlemen, I believe we are about to cash in.