Summer brings certain changes, which we all recognize as signposts of renewal — the fecund bursting of leaves and flowers, the sunshine and, of course for the football fan, training camp. It arouses the familiar sensation that the cycle of change is beginning again. In the NFL, this means the start of OTA’s (organized team activities), […]
No play has been more telling of the towering presence of Jimmy Graham on the field, and in the hearts of New Orleans Saints fans, than his nearly game-ending exploit at the conclusion of regulation in the San Francisco 49ers game.
There are few players more transformative in any NFL franchise’s history than Drew Brees during his Saints tenure. Before his arrival, the Saints won one playoff game and had two seasons of truly superlative, All-Pro-quality quarterback play (those by Archie Manning in 1978 and 1979).
Khiry Robinson could go all the way. Given the Saints’ penchant for running the ball in 2014, at times looking like a top 10 rushing team, Robinson stands poised to become a major factor in the Saints offense for this year and next.
A cornerstone reflects a great building: It should be solid and flexible, yet unmovable. Creating a good cornerstone reflects a confidence in the future; it means that the builder is looking forward, not to the past, in the hope and expectation of something greater for years to come.
Mark Ingram shows up to play—and shows his character on the field. The New Orleans Saints have built their recent teams on character—a quality that can make all the difference between a mediocre and a great football organization.
If a good offense is the best defense, then punting may be the most important play in football. Under the rules of the game, the punt is an offensive play, yet a punter can greatly improve a team’s defense by sending the opposing team back any given number of yards with a single play.
In football, as in life, versatility is key to success. Adjusting to changing circumstances on the ground, as they happen, is a skill some of the best have and hone. They know that, even more than the talented, it is those most adaptable to change who survive and thrive.