Don't let the hype fool you, we still have work to do...
The Saints are Marching on, and finally getting some well-deserved media attention. Like most Saints fans, I'm always surprised at the lack of media attention the Saints get on the National scene. Seems that recently all the Football shows out there (save for the local shows here in New Orleans) seem to serve no purpose other than to stroke the egos of a few NFL players...
I watched all the pregame shows and highlight shows and a joke was made that it seemed like I was watching the E! channel or Entertainment Tonight (Insert random celebrity fan-service show here), as all the commentators seem to lavish praise on a handful of guys while glossing over other deserving players. And, as usual, New Orleans was only mentioned as an after-thought.
I love the job the local guys do on various shows. Jim Henderson is always concise and on point. Eric Richey is also doing a good job. I wonder what Buddy D would be saying about this team.
Let the nay-sayers nay, soon they'll all be jumping on the band-wagon, just like in '06. And then they'll jump off when it's appropriate.
This team has potential, it has staying power. We had a real good shot last year, if not plagued by injuries we would have been play-off bound. Even with all the injuries, it was only by losing a handful of games by a small margin that held us back. Now it seems those problems are fixed, or should I say a 'work in progress'.
I've been a life-long fan, well since I was 5 and knew what the Saints were, circa 1986. I wasn't around before the Mora era and don't know what that's like, but I (like most fans) know what it's like to be let down. Which is why I like how CSC is a "Cautiously Optimistic" site. Though we as fans do say every year that the Saints are going to the Superbowl...
All that being said, this is an exciting year. Never have I seen the Saints play so well. They're clicking on all cylinders. And they keep getting better. Sean Payton is doing an excellent job of keeping these guys grounded and motivated. The differences from week 1 to week 2 are immense, and if they're any indication of what is possible this season. Some people are claiming 16-0 already, talking record-breaking offensive numbers, I don't know about all that, sure would be nice, and if definitely seems possible at this point. But, there's a long way to go. Staying humble is the only way this team will keep going.
The Special teams cleaned up nicely, and forced a turnover at the best possible time, taking whatever momentum Philly might have had coming from the half and quickly destroying it in an awesome play. It was beautiful. I'm also totally sold on Morstead. Punter is a highly under-rated position. I was foaming during draft day when they traded up to get him, like most fans, but now I see why.
The defense is highly underrated. We haven't seen anything from them yet, I can't wait to see what they can really do. But you follow the stats and they look horrible. If you watch the game you know the stats are unreliable. It'd be impossible to have a #1 and a #1 defense. If it were possible it would put up stats like 55 minutes of possessions, and 120 ppg. This defense is not just 'good enough', as people like to say, they're just plain 'good'.
Think about it, if your offense goes up 14 points in the first few minutes of the game, you force the other team to pass mercilessly just to catch up. This increases their stats in yardage, completions, etc. and is bound to bring down the ranking of the pass defense. In years prior, this was the reason we lost. You can't force other teams to pass on a defense that can't cover. But this year, this defense can cover.
Certainly the Patriots are not as good yet as they have been previously, but the Bills took them to town. The Bills lost in the last two minutes or so, but despite what the media would have you believe it had little to do with Tom Brady being Mr. Super-Cool-and Awesome. The Bills screwed up at the worst possible time and it got away from them. But they showed up to fight. One fumble kept them from being 2-0.
I don't expect Buffalo to beat the Saints, most Bills fans don't either. But if we look past them, they just might. So, I urge all Saints fans to help the team out and try and stay grounded with them. One week at a time. We're 2-0, if we get to 3-0, then let's talk about going 4-0. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Plus, with the way this team is playing, I certainly don't want to miss a game.