Cameron Jordan is about to enter his 10th NFL season, which to him means one thing: It’s time to win a championship. The New Orleans Saints have come excruciatingly close the past few seasons, looking like Super Bowl favorites at one time or another in each of the last three years. And yet, each of those seasons has ended in heartbreak.
Whether it was the Minneapolis Miracle, the no-call or an inability to get the ball in overtime, the Saints have flat-out not been able to get it done in the playoffs. In 2020, Jordan is looking to change all of that and finally get his first championship and the Saints’ second.
“I’m super excited about it,” Jordan told Brady Quinn on SiriusXM radio on Monday. “You know, there’s nothing in me that is telling me that our team isn’t close to a championship or being a championship-caliber team if you look at the last three years. You know, playoffs, playoffs, playoffs. Playoffs, NFC Championship, playoffs. This is something that we have to capitalize on.”
Jordan added that “there’s so many positives on paper, I just want to get back to the field and really see what we have.”
"There's nothing in me that is telling me that our team isn't close to a championship."@Saints defensive end @camjordan94 told @Brady_Quinn and @kirkmorrison that he can't wait for the 2020 season.#Saints | #WhoDat pic.twitter.com/zm6GcGI1F3— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) July 20, 2020
Were it only so simple. The NFL hasn’t yet announced any implemented plans to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and a season’s chances are hurting by the day. The preseason was cancelled earlier in the week, and it seems like little progress is being made.
If we do get a season, the Saints’ chances are as good as any team in the NFL. In a shortened season, those chances likely only go up.
Jordan has earned his confidence. He’s a top-tier defensive end on one of the best teams in the league. If a season does roll around, the Saints need to control what they can and finally close the deal. Otherwise, the 2017-2020 Saints might be seen as one of the sad “what-ifs” in NFL history.