2007….2001 All Over Again?

2001 or 2007?
Remember the magical 2000 football season??

The Rams’ Az Hakim fumbling a punt return, securing the Saints first-ever playoff victory … an amazing moment.

Rookie head caoch Jim Haslett was the NFL Coach of the Year, and the future looked bright with young talent like Aaron Brooks, Ricky Williams, and Kyle Turley.
In fact, many experts predicted the Saints would make a serious Super Bowl push in 2001 — but it never happened.

Aaron Brooks crumbled when given leadership responsibilities…Kyle Turley mentally melted down. Who could ever forget his helmet-tossing incident against the Jets on national TV?

And Ricky Williams … well, what can we say …. he became the Rickey we all know today — completely flaking out.

So, after a dream season in 2006 — a year in which a Saints rookie head coach was named NFL Coach of the Year, a year that saw new stars like Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and Marques Colston emerge — what will be the fate of the 2007 Saints?

Will they be the same old Saints of the past, following history and tanking out after a little success, just like the 2001 team? Or will they rewrite history and become consistent winners the city longs for?

At 4-6 this team seems to be following the path of the 2001 Saints….I just hope it’s not too late for this team to change direction!
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4 Responses

  1. I am sad that the Saints lost this past weekend to Houston – – I just thought they would win that game. I hope & pray that the 2007 season isn’t like the 2001 season, because that season wasn’t one of the Saints’s best.

  2. The Saints will never be a winning team. They are stuck with a name that symbolize holiness. They will always be the team that almost won it, but never the cigar.

  3. just to single out one point from the blog. do you not remember what happened the moments right before turley “mentally melt down”? a jets player almost ripped aaron brooks’ head off. helmet and all. no penalty on them but on turley. yes the penalty hurt us. but turley was protecting, or maybe revenging, his quarterback. i find it hard to blame him for that.

  4. just to single out one point from the blog. do you not remember what happened the moments right before turley “mentally melt down”? a jets player almost ripped aaron brooks’ head off. helmet and all. no penalty on them but on turley. yes the penalty hurt us. but turley was protecting, or maybe revenging, his quarterback. i find it hard to blame him for that.

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