A Kind News Story About saints from a "Gasp" yahoo Journalist? (1 Viewer)


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Nov 8, 2003
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by John Murphy, I don't know if he ever hated on the saints but i kinda lost all Credibility for Yahoo Sports altogether after all the bad and hateful things were written about my team from this cabinet of Writers.

With that said im glad they have taken a Kneel and a Bow to probably whats going to be the best Cinderella story in NFL history.

Welcome to the Bandwagon everyone!


They have been down on their luck seemingly every season since they entered the NFL in 1967, but when the draft gods allowed running back Reggie Bush to become part of the restoration project in the Big Easy, the clouds surrounding this franchise seemed to part. The addition of Bush has clearly taken some pressure and concentration off of running back Deuce McAllister, who has bounced back nicely after last season's knee injury.

Prior to that stroke of good fortune, owner Tom Benson did not jump on the first big-name coach he could find. Instead, he settled on a young, offensive-minded Sean Payton, who brought with him a staff that exudes both confidence and the ability to teach a system that caused even the coldest veteran to turn over a new leaf.

The Saints found themselves in need of a new leader on the field, which after careful consideration allowed Drew Brees to find a new home in the Bayou. The former Charger gave the offense a settling presence in the pocket and a progression-minded signal caller that was clearly lacking in prior seasons.

To help Brees in the passing game, they made a shrewd move by dealing speedy, but injury-prone wide receiver Donte' Stallworth to the Eagles for starting linebacker Mark Simoneau and a possible extra third-round pick in next year's draft. Stallworth has continued to be sidelined at times with a hamstring injury, while the Saints developed the hands-down offensive rookie of the year at this point in wide receiver Marques Colston. Every once in a while, teams have miracle picks that turn out to be gold and the 6-foot-4, 228-pound Hofstra product has been just that. He is tied for the league lead with seven touchdown catches and 32 of his 44 receptions have gone for first downs.

The Saints have created game plans that fundamentally have worked each week, giving the players a level of confidence rarely seen or thought of in previous times around Bourbon Street. They also stand to have a fine continuance to this early run of success under Payton, as they have additional draft picks from trading or losing former starters in free agency such as Darren Howard (Philadelphia) and LeCharles Bentley (Cleveland).

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Apr 15, 2006
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Nice read, thanks. Its a big bandwagon so jump in everyone!


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Great story... I particularly like the reference that the players have bought into Coach Payton's system, hook, line, and sinker because they see the results... Too bad more of the pundits don't get it like Yahoo's writers finally decided to take the time to do.

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