The Saints incredible DEFENSE.
Yeah, that's right the defense. They don't get flashy numbers, they give up a lot of yardage, but they put the team in a position to WIN, which is their job.
The best move made by the team this year, getting Gregg Williams. Period. He changed the culture of the defense, and that made it all possible. Without the DEFENSE, the offense is what it already was - the best in the NFL. But, they already were the past 3 of 4 seasons, and what did it gain us without a defense? One playoff win, and a trip to the NFC Championship, where we were soundly defeated. Until we got a good defense, it wasn't enough. Again -
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Folks, that's a truism you've read over and over, and what we all experienced this season, what we FINALLY experienced last night after 43 long, suffering years, was a DEFENSE giving us a championship football team.
How good are these guys? Well, if you listen to the pundits and stat-whores, not so great. They give up a lot of yardage, blah, blah blah. However, check this out - this season, that "not-so-great" statistically defense defeated Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, Brett Farve, and Peyton Manning. The last three in consecutive games. Three of them by at least 14 points.
One future HOF QB I will allow to be attributed to "luck". Two, well, it's a stretch, but OK, maybe you get "lucky" twice. Beating FOUR of them, in one season, three in consecutive games, is SKILL, any way you slice it.
So, while we are all cheering our favorite son, the Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees and his offensive cohorts - which they absolutely deserve, by the way - do not forget to give an equal amount of cheering for the guys that made it possible for them to win with all those gaudy stats and scores.
Thank you, Saints defense.