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Saints News, 12/3/15: Losing Culture Returns to the New Orleans Saints

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From Larry Holder: Players will parrot the same sentiments regardless of their length of tenure with the Saints. They'll lean on the successes of the past to prop up a point as to how the Saints are capable of winning games. You'll hear how the team comprehends what it takes for consistent football because the Saints have a history of such glory. The problem with using the winning culture of the past to draw confidence at this point in Week 13 of the 2015 season is that the winning culture itself is gone.

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