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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by AsylumGuido Yet, with our defense and many players finally returning to health we could have beaten any of the teams that made the playoffs on any given day. Would we have made it to the Super Bowl? ...

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Old 01-14-2022, 11:52 AM   #11
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Re: Extra game cost Saints a playoff spot

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Yet, with our defense and many players finally returning to health we could have beaten any of the teams that made the playoffs on any given day. Would we have made it to the Super Bowl? Extremely unlikely, but a win against the Rams was very possible.
How can someone who blindly proclaimed 17-0 baby!, regardless of circumstance, not also predict us to win the Superbowl, regardless of circumstance?

Unless, of course, that person is a magnanimous idiot. Hmmmm...
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Old 01-14-2022, 12:06 PM   #12
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Yet, with our defense and many players finally returning to health we could have beaten any of the teams that made the playoffs on any given day. Would we have made it to the Super Bowl? Extremely unlikely, but a win against the Rams was very possible.
Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda....we'll never know.
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Old 01-14-2022, 12:19 PM   #13
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Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda....we'll never know.
Yup. Far too many obstacles (displacement from Ida, injuries to key players, COVID, suspensions, etc.) to overcome. However, it "woulda" been real sweet to end the Rams' season this weekend.
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Old 01-14-2022, 12:20 PM   #14
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I think he's referring to notable losses to non-playoff teams: Panthers, Giants, Dolphins, and Falcons. You really can't hang your hat on beating TB and then losing badly to the Dolphins, regardless of the circumstances. IMHO, true playoff contenders never rely on 'help' to punch their ticket to post season.

The Saints controlled their own destiny in the Miami game and blew it.
So, I believe the wins against Tampa and Green Bay were more indicative than the Miami loss where the team was forced to play with 4th stringers at QB and across the offensive line. The “next man up” and “no excuses” mentality is all good and fine, but hardly realistic. Do you think it’s just a coincidence that none of the teams that did make the playoffs lost their first and second string QBs for extended periods of time like the Saints did? Do you think it’s mere
happenstance that the Saints set a record for the most different starters in the history of the league and just missed the playoffs? I think there is a direct relation.

Obviously the Atl, Giant, and Miami losses were tough and on the team. But likes wise the 4 wins against playoff teams were impressive and on the team too. To someone that says there was “nothing” playoff caliber about the team’s body of work I respectively disagree. One or two wins against winning/playoff teams could be a fluke. 4 is not.

Hanging the “blew it” label that you are on the Miami game without taking into account the roster situation is silly in my opinion. But hey, that’s just me. Doesn’t mean I’m right.
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Old 01-14-2022, 01:20 PM   #15
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Covid gave Roger another tool and he used it.

People are NOW being told to come into work (respiratory therapists in this case) even if they have covid but are otherwise symptom-free. Roger changed the Covid rules DURING THE SEASON such that some teams didn't get hit as hard as others. He did this late in the season. Timing is, of course, everything...

None of this Covid crap was necessary. Politics has infiltrated the sport and this is the result. We should all get used to it. It isn't changing. Ever.
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There was nothing playoff caliber about the 2021 New Orleans Saints body of work.
Defense.
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Originally Posted by leilung View Post

The Saints controlled their own destiny in the Miami game and blew it.
16 players OUT of that MNF due to Covid …

No excuse but that simply wasn’t a fair fight.
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16 players OUT of that MNF due to Covid …

No excuse but that simply wasn’t a fair fight.
The league also changed COVID protocols about a week or so later. Those changes allowed Niners players to participate in their final game against the Rams that would not have been eligible had the protocols stayed the same. Different rules for different teams.
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The league also changed COVID protocols about a week or so later. Those changes allowed Niners players to participate in their final game against the Rams that would not have been eligible had the protocols stayed the same. Different rules for different teams.
My point too. Yet another example of the NFL putting some thing ahead of fair play.
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