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Old 03-16-2015, 10:32 PM   #1
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The New Orleans Saints are a team of extremes. There is rarely much middle ground. This offseason has captured their organizational schizophrenia.

After years of loading up on salary and doling out a bounty of doomed contracts and creating a salary-cap monster, they have now swung back in a far different direction, shedding veterans who make too much money and have fallen out of favor and loading up on draft picks. It's not that they had any choice -- this purge was self-inflicted and entirely necessary and born of their own mistakes and a defense that has frankly been historically bad more often than not in recent years -- but it has been nonetheless jarring in its execution.

If nothing else, it speaks to a future that may be murkier than any in the NFL. I wrote very early this offseason about the 49ers and Saints being poised for a quick remake given the way their salary and cap structure played out, and thus far it's been as expected. But that only serves to beg the question -- what's next? And what's next for coach and organizational power Sean Payton in particular.

With the fight for ownership of the franchise -- a literal court fight -- already ugly and bloody between owner Tom Benson and his heirs, and with so much unknown about how this long-suffering team will operate in years to come, and who will truly control the reigns, the timing of the Saints' drastic overhaul speaks to their larger struggles.

As Benson, who has been forced to comply with court-ordered tests on his faculties and ability to handle the daily management of his sports and car dealership empire, has become increasingly hands off in recent years, it's well known in New Orleans how much power and autonomy Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis wield. There are few if any checks and balances from above; Payton and Loomis can more or less do as they please, and they have curried extreme favor with Benson's third wife, who the owner recently made the beneficiary of his teams after stripping it from his daughter and grandchildren.

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Old 03-16-2015, 11:26 PM   #2
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What the eff does this wing nut know of OUR teams checks and balances? Man I went into the wrong line of work. To just make up loads of bullsh!t all day, I am jelly.
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Well at least we still have the girls.

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Why did he keep saying that Payton and Loomis would both have their days numbered if Rita gains control? Wouldn't that depend heavily on how the team performs this year? If they go win the Super Bowl after all these changes, do you really think Rita would give them the boot?
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Why did he keep saying that Payton and Loomis would both have their days numbered if Rita gains control? Wouldn't that depend heavily on how the team performs this year? If they go win the Super Bowl after all these changes, do you really think Rita would give them the boot?
all these things are just now coming out?
a cover up or disinformation ?
i smell something really fishy
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..........and maybe if unicorns carrying a band of faries fly over the superdome and spill magic pixie dust all over the city and the french quarter then changes to a family friendly park and we all live there in magical football bliss...............whatever.


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All this panic over releasing a pro bowl TE and a bunch of under-achievers?

I'm not seeing anything "extreme" about this off-season. A couple of surprises yes, but certainly not extreme.
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All this panic over releasing a pro bowl TE and a bunch of under-achievers?

I'm not seeing anything "extreme" about this off-season. A couple of surprises yes, but certainly not extreme.
Extreme would be something happening to Brees, which is most likely going to happen in the coming years anyway

I was more surprised about Kenny getting traded than Graham because Kenny was on the doorstep of 1000 yards receiving, FO must have had a good reason and I'll trust them.

I've heard it was because he didn't seem like he was bothered with a 7-9 season, which frustrated Brees.
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"Sell the sizzle not the steak."
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Well last years steak was full if ring worm and needed tossed out
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