Last season, the New Orleans Saints played without their head coach Sean Payton for the entire season due to the Bountygate scandal. The Saints also saw line backer Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith face suspensions before they were overturned by appeal. The team ended the season 7-9 as their defense allowed the most yards in the NFL.
Last year’s New Orleans Saints team was one that was labeled as a team that broke the rules and got caught.
This year, quarterback Drew Brees says the team is ready to re-create their identity and improve from last season.
“We had 100 percent attendance in our offseason through every workout — weight workouts and once we got to our OTAs and our minicamps,” Brees said. “So the commitment level by our team, by everyone, was unprecedented. Everybody’s ready to go. Obviously, last year leaves a bad taste in our mouths, and we can’t wait to get back on the field and get to work and watch our team come together and re-create our identity.”
Brees added that despite last year when the distractions of Bountygate were surrounding the team, this year the Saints are focused on one thing, football.
“It’s all about football and that’s really the way we like it,” Brees said.
Brees and the Saints will look to make the playoffs this year and improve on their 32nd ranked defense.