Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 9/30/12

Ever since their disappointing divisional playoff loss a season ago, the New Orleans Saints haven’t been the same team.  After an early postseason exit following what appeared to be a very promising year, the Saints were marred by scandal and turmoil during the offseason and now find themselves in an unfamiliar 0-4 predicament.  Despite the offensive firepower the team possesses it’s obvious that without head coach Sean Payton on the sideline, it ain’t happening for New Orleans in 2012. The Saints will indeed miss the playoffs.

Nope, it’s not a bold prediction, just a statement of the obvious.  From bounty gate suspensions to the mishandling of Drew Brees’ contract negotiations, the Saints have been out of rhythm since the conclusion of their 2011 season and it’s negatively impacted their identity as a franchise as well as their performance on the field.… Read more

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