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NFL Lines- Fallen Saints

Posted by Elio Masi on 5/25/2012 11:14:08 AM

NFL Lines – Fallen Saints

It’s been an unforgettable year for Saints’ football in the NFL lines this year. Sadly for New Orleans and their team, it’s been for all the wrong reasons. After being accused of using a bounty system in their locker room - offering bonuses to players that injured opposing players - and listening in on opponents’ play calls, Saints’ football has dug itself into a huge hole.

With so much going on right now, the only thing the players, coaches and fans can do is look to the future and hopefully to a better season. Given that Vilma, Smith, Loomis and Vitt as well as coach Sean Payton have all been suspended for at least four games, the New Orleans Saints will be tested early come the start of the 2012 NFL lines season. On top of all the legal issues surrounding the team, Saints management have been scrambling to get a deal done with their quarterback Drew Brees, an unfinished deal which is becoming an issue.

Brees’ Contract
According to the Saints’ management, they believe they should get some sort of discount on Drew Brees’ value for taking a medical risk on him back in 2006 when nobody wanted him. Due to this back-and-forth between Brees and the Saints, Drew has begun to miss voluntary workouts, something that may become an issue as the summer progresses. If their leader in Drew Brees is not at practice in order to keep his team composed, focused and revitalized, it might spell trouble for a team that has already been deflated with suspensions for next season. It seems the Saints’ locker room has yet another distraction to deal with in what has turned out to be a disaster of an offseason.

Bouncing Back
With Sean Payton gone for the entire season, it’ll be very difficult for Brees and Joe Vitt to reach the relationship status that was shared between Brees and Payton. However, given that the contract negotiation issues are solved quickly enough, Vitt and Brees will have the entire summer to figure it out. If Brees can stay healthy and put together a career year, the Saints might be able to make it back to the postseason given everything that’s gone on. It’s Drew Brees’ team and now it’s his duty to lead them through their damage control season. It goes without saying that the Saints will be tested more than ever in the NFL lines this year and they’ll need to weather the storm. Given Brees’ veteran status, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be able to do just that.

Elio’s Edge
I’m not just saying this as both a Saints and Drew Brees fan, but I truly believe that they can rally and salvage their season. The lose of Payton and Vilma for the entire season will definitely hurt the team, but it’ll give the Saints something to play for other than a ring and might light the fire under them once more. If they stay composed and unified as a team, I truly believe they will be able to make it back to the playoffs and possibly to the Superbowl. As for right now, they just need to focus on working hard and preparing themselves for a tough NFL lines season. Like Tim Tebow once said, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.”


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