Going from a legend is never easy. Fans cannot easily forget and accept the “new” the following season.
Sometimes an organization can have difficulty navigating the next era of their team.
Uncertainty hangs over – unless someone gives fans and a team a sense of confidence and hope.
SAINTS AND FANS SHOULD TRUST SEAN PAYTON
I heard Donald Miller, a former Hollywood screenwriter, once say that Luke Skywalker wasn’t the most critical figure in the first Star Wars movie, but in fact it was Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Obi-Wan is Luke’s guide. The guide is the central figure who helps the hero understand and complete his journey. Usually it’s by beating the bad guy, overcoming a problem, or achieving their goal in life.
In New Orleans, the central figure wasn’t Drew Brees – neither will it be Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill.
It’s Sean Payton.
Payton is the Yoda, the Obi-Wan, and the guide of the Saints.
The hero? It could be Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill
The mean one?
SEAN PAYTON & WINNER
Of course, the fans want the Saints to keep winning.
Still, winning hasn’t always been the case in New Orleans.
I grew up in the heart of the 7th District of New Orleans. My Sunday afternoons with my dad were either at Tulane Stadium or inside the Louisiana Superdome in the fall.
We watched some great Saints players with names like Manning, Muncie, Jackson, Chandler, Brenner, Abramowitz, Swilling, Johnson, Hilliard, Martin and Hebert.
The only problem back then was that these teams were eternal losers with great players.
In contrast, over the past 15 years, Saints fans have witnessed the historic greatness of Brees, McAllister, Colston, Bush, Sproles, Kamara and Thomas on the winning teams.
Today, the New Orleans Saints are eternal winners, and many fear that without Brees the victory could end.
I remember what Mike Detillier told me about a conversation he and Bobby had on WWL Radio. Bobby Hebert said: “Saint fans are spoiled.”
If it’s true you can blame Sean payton for this success.
You can also trust him to pick a new quarterback in New Orleans.
For Payton, the only thing that matters is “win now”.
There is no better person to take the pulse of the team and feel the pressure of winning in the NFL today.
SEAN PAYTON’S JAMEIS-TAYSOM DECISION
Fans on social media, critics on air, podcasters are giving their two cents – should it be Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill? A quarterback competition – that’s what Sean payton called – is to go down to the next training camp.
Whether or not Drew Brees is in the locker room, winning is the number one concern. You can forget about all the editorials, including this one; Sean payton is this “win now” coach.
The quarterback position in New Orleans comes down to which player can keep the bandwagon going and amass more W’s in the process.
Saints fans want to feel safe with Coach Payton’s decision.
Most Who Dats have already sided with their choice – Taysom or Jameis, Winston or Hill – they will still have to trust Payton in the long run.
FANS OF THE SAINTS QUESTIONED BY SIGNING BREES
I remember when not everyone was aligned with the New Orleans front office when Drew Brees signed his $ 60 million free agent contract in 2006.
Yesterday’s fans who were on the NOLA.com and Saints Report forums called out the signing all of “stupid and silly” and labeled Brees as “Hot waste” and “noodle arms”, in reference to his shoulder injury.
I’m sure those “fair weather fans” who made those offensive comments later turned their pessimism into jubilation and “Who Dat” chants later in the season. You see, Payton and Brees became winners and were one win away from the team’s first Super Bowl appearance in 2007.
Saints fans had never tasted this type of success before.
Finally, three seasons later, Brees and Payton hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl 44.
Winning counts the most.
Fast forward fifteen years, and the absurd comments still exist.
Jameis is “weird and will hurt the team”, and Taysom “can’t be a quarterback and make quick decisions in the pocket.” Both are “turnover machines”.
While opinions may be fair, not all of Winston and Hill are rooted in logic.
A player’s trip is 1,844 miles from Pocatello, Idaho. The other athlete is from a town in Alabama called Bessemer, located 332 miles from New Orleans.
The lives of these two men now intersect to challenge each other for the right to open Week 1 as a starter at 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive – the Superdome.
TRUST SEAN PAYTON
Bobby Hebert mentioned on SiriusXM NFL radio, “I’ve been trying to tell fans right now, look, if Sean payton Now trust Jameis Winston, so you have to trust him. “
Saints fans must also trust Sean payton and its decisions.
Payton is the glue to everything. He has the overall responsibility of managing a roster, calling games, and figuring out how to maximize the potential of the player who will become the next face of the New Orleans Saints.
Payton’s record without Brees should be a sign of hope for the Who Dat nation.
9-1. A winning record.
A new era of New Orleans Saints football kicks off on September 12 in Week 1 with Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill at the helm.
We will see.