The Saints begin minicamp today, three days of practices that are open to fans. I’ll be over there to check things out tomorrow after also making a cameo last week.
But before I do, there was one thought I wanted to share from my trip to New Orleans, a not-so-shocking revelation that was still a bit shocking. The Saints still think of themselves as a team that can win the Super Bowl.
With the bounty suspensions and a truck full of drama, they have an us-against-the-world feel. And with QB Drew Brees unsigned, they face more uncertainty than most teams. But still…
Through all this, the Saints are the same confident — maybe cocky — group they’ve always been. The assumption is that Brees will magically appear, and they have blind faith in that, too. But when asked about the Super Bowl last week (TiVo delay alert!), they didn’t take a wait-and-see attitude. They sounded like they’ve already seen it.
Want a sample of what I mean?
CB Jabari Greer, on if the team is good enough: “Of course. Why not? We work for it, put the work in every year to put our best product on the field. We believe in each other. No matter the obstacles or whatever it is, we believe we have what it takes to overcome no matter what anybody else thinks. I believe in — no, I know — the spirit in this locker room. We go out there for one reason and one reason only and that’s to win football games.”
LB Curtis Lofton, on the team’s approach: “These guys have opened their arms and ‘Hey, let’s go. Let’s go get this championship and that’s what’s on everybody’s mind.’ And for me, there’s a big difference in how these guys practice. I had to bring myself up to their level and keep pushing and getting better.”
G Jahri Evans, on his team’s goals: “Being a professional football player, the Super Bowl is the pinnacle. That is where you want to be. We think about that all the time. We think year after year. We know that it is a building process and nothing happens overnight. Everybody is here working hard from the rookies to the veterans. We are out here honing our skills and trying to get better every day.”