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Question of the Day
It was a rare moment in New Orleans. There hasn’t been much joy there since a playoff loss to San Francisco in January.
Even getting the Brees deal done hardly camouflages the other problems that have plagued the franchise this year _ woes that easily could linger through the upcoming season.
Also gone for the first six games of the schedule will be Joe Vitt, who has taken over for Payton as head man to guide the team through training camp and preseason games. Who will replace Vitt when he begins his suspension remains uncertain, but continuity will take another hit in the Big Easy.
Other than Brees‘ return for five years and $100 million, there’s barely been a positive blip on the New Orleans radar all year.
“It’s been a little surreal just because of the process throughout the offseason, and just how challenging an offseason it’s been for everyone, obviously everyone within the Saints organization, this city,” Brees said. “It’s just been a crazy offseason and I think we’re all just ready to get back to work and excited that it’s all starting here in a week. It’s hard to believe.”
“What tends to happen in great organizations is you have stability and certain ways of doing things. Players know how to do things, and fortunately they will not change all that much for a veteran team. But they will change.
“How will the new coach run things as compared to how Sean ran them or how Joe Vitt is running them? There are little differences the players have to adjust to. Some things won’t manifest themselves until difficulties show up.”
Other, uh, difficulties include allegations of wire-tapping of the visiting coaches’ box during games in the Superdome.
Last month, the Saints hired a firm run by former FBI director Louis Freeh to conduct an internal investigation. Freeh, who oversaw the investigation of Penn State’s actions in the Jerry Sandusky case, will look into anonymous claims that general manager Mickey Loomis had the ability to eavesdrop on opposing coaches’ radio communications during games between 2002 and 2004. The Saints have labeled the allegations “ludicrous” and “1,000 percent false.”
The Freeh Group will also investigate the bounties case.
By John McAfee
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