It's amazing to think back how much things have changed in New Orleans sports in a year. A year ago Reggie Bush was an overpaid role player. And Darren Sproles was a Charger. In June 2011, Gregg Williams' approach was only beginning to raise eyebrows, but not because of a bounty scandal. Who Dat Nation was concerned because the Saints defense made Marshawn Lynch look like Red Grange reincarnate. As a Saints' fan, my biggest worry was giving DeShawn Wynn (shudder) significant touches in a playoff game (double shudder).
Obviously, quite a bit has changed in a year.
If that's not enough, one could argue that the Saints aren't even the most drama laden team in the city. If you hadn't noticed the Hornets (if that's still their name by the time this is published) were owned by the NBA, lost their star player, had been involved in a non-trade with the Lakers which caused national uproar, but eventually received one of the best young guards in the game in return for Chris Paul. In addition, they were recently bought by Tom Benson and won the rights to draft Anthony Davis. It's been quite the year in the City that Care Forgot.
The next year will be just as intriguing (if hopefully less negative) than the previous. How will the Saints do without Payton? Is Pete Carmichael Jr. ready to run the offense by himself? Can the defense adjust to Spagnuolo's schemes? Will Brees happily (big emphasis on that adverb) sign a long term extension in the Crescent City?