Before I begin this eulogy of a fan post I would like to offer my condolences to every LSU and Saints fan. This might possibly be my lowest point as a football fan. I have tried whatever I can to dull my senses to try to take the pain away. I couldnt even bring myself to watch the other playoff games this weekend and I might not even bother watching the rest of the playoffs. The "what if" scenarios just continually play through my head and I just cannot believe how it all went down. I cant remember a time when I was more depressed as a fan other than in 2005 when the "Saints are leaving" talk was at its peak. I really dont know another way to sum it up other than this was a wasted season for both teams and I blame the stupidity of Les Miles and Gregg Williams as the reasons of why south Louisiana is an extremely depressing place to live in this week.
The game stressed me out from the beginning with outbreak of fumblitis that our offensive players seemed to have caught in the airport on the way to San Fran. I spent most of the game running outside every commercial break to smoke a cigarette to try and calm my nerves. Although the game stressed me to my limits...I never lost confidence that we would end up pulling it out in the end. Well.....that was until we actually got to the end. After I did my victory celebration after the Graham touchdown....my "friend" uttered the words "but there is still time on the clock." My response...."They dont have a big play offense. We will play prevent defense, give them all the underneath passes, and smile as the final seconds fall off the clock and they run out of time" It seems that as soon as I spoke the words, I saw the last thing I ever wanted to see in this situation.....pressure. I dropped to my knees before the ball even left Alex Smith's hands.....I knew we were into man to man and we were f*****. I spent the remainder of the game on my knees talking to myself and trying to come to some logical conclusion of why we blitzed in that situation.....I couldn't.
There is a place and time for everything. You call certain plays in this situation or that situation. There is a such thing as "basic" football strategy and GW went against all of it. Even casual football fans who play Madden know what to do in this exact same situation. You play prevent defense and make them go the length of the field. You will take everything away from them except the short pass. It is an elementary play and even luke warm football fans would know what to do.
But it didn't go that way and here all of us are wondering what the hell happened. I've never liked GW and I think his play calling has always been a liability. Nobody can make me believe that his scheme helped win us a championship. I think our 09 defensive success was a mixture of great plays by individual players led by Darren Sharper and the ball just bouncing the right way. If it was due to his scheme, we wouldn't have exited the playoffs the past two years the way we have. Im glad the GW era is over just as much as I'm glad the Jordan Jefferson era is over at LSU. We have talent on defense if it used the proper way and the players are setup to succeed instead of constantly being in position to fail. I cant help but feel that us fans are left to suffer due to GW's selfishness and stubbornness. I'm still dumbfounded by all of it and the only thing that really brings me comfort is the idea of destroying his defense in the future. Nothing would put a bigger smile on my face.....well except another Super Bowl win.