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Kristian Garic

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Kristian: Championship window still wide open for Saints

Drew Brees is approaching 35 years of age this month, and the Saints already have one Super Bowl Championship with he and Payton leading the charge.  The Saints have been to the post-season three of the last four years, and twice have been bounced in the divisional round of the playoffs, just one win away from another Super Bowl appearance.  Is time running out for the Saints to capitalize on their elite Coach/QB combo?

Not if you ask Coach Payton: "I said to our players, you are going to hear this new buzzword called 'window.'  Honestly, the window, as long as I am the Head Coach here, we are trying to slam it open, always. You can take each individual player and say, 'When is the window of opportunity?'  I think I have heard that term the last three years.  Now, with regards to a specific player like Drew Brees, I get that, and yet that window is still all the way open and I mean that.  We are always in a constant change, if you will, of taking in the new players, evaluating this team and then going through the process of assembling the 2014 team. That window for us each year is slammed open.”

Teams are structured in two ways these days; look no further than the final four teams left in the tournament. The Patriots and Broncos both have future Hall of Fame Quaterbacks (The Saints also fall into that category with Brees!) and the Seahawks and 49ers have young up-and-coming quarterbacks that haven't reached the 20-million-a-year threshold.  The 49ers and Seahawks get it done with a strong running game and great defense.  San Francisco and Seattle haven't had to pay their QB's, so they have more money to spend on defense.  The Saints have spent their money on their franchise signal caller.  The Saints might not have the depth they once had, but they've got plenty of young talented players that can help them get there.

Drew Brees definitely agrees with his Coach on the championship window being wide open: “Absolutely. You look around and look at the veteran leadership we have on this team, look at the young talent, look at the systems in which we play, this organization, the expectation level we’ve set for ourselves, the track record... and you would say that the future is as bright as we want it to be; as hard as we are willing to work. It’s all there for us now. Every year is a new year and you have to re-establish that identity every year. But the term 'window of opportunity,' in my opinion, it’s always there for us, for this team, for this organization, for this staff, for this group of players. It’s always open.”

The Saints are projected to be about 17 million dollars over the 126 million dollar salary cap figure for 2014.  They've always been smart with money, and I'm sure they'll figure it out.  After finishing 12 and 6 (1-1 in the playoffs) I would agree the window is wide open for the Saints.  The Black and Gold are not far off.  A few more complimentary pieces on offense and playmaker or two on defense, and the Saints are always in the mix with Payton and Brees.  2014 looks bright, awfully bright. 

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01/14/2014 12:59PM
Kristian: Championship window still wide open for Saints
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01/15/2014 10:10AM
Drew "The Interception Machine" Brees is washed up. That BUM makes too many wrong decisions and throws way too many interceptions to ever contend for a super bowl again. You are all kidding yourselves if you think he will win another ring.
01/15/2014 4:53PM
you must be on drugs if you think we need to replace brees as he is still a top 3 quarterback in this league and I for one wouldn't take anybody for him. I was at that game in Seattle and he played great considering u could barely stand up with that wind. He out played Wilson badly. He cant keep Ingram from fumbling the ball and he didn't miss two field goals. That was the game period! if you don't like drew brees change teams moron.
01/16/2014 10:33AM
You mad..Huh? You mad bra? I guess someone else throws all those interceptions for him too huh? Typical Aint's fan. ALWAYS an excuse. Also, You gotta be with a team to change dope.
01/16/2014 5:24PM
Rod in Sacramento
I agree, we have the best QB in the NFL, as testified by Drew's 5,000 yds. passing seasons. I would like to see the Saints draft a WR with their #1 pick. Go Saints. God Bless all my fellow Saints fans.
01/23/2014 12:05AM
Drew Brees outplayed his playoff competition.
Hey Falcon or Panther fans posing as a Saints fan. Drew Brees played better than Kap, Cam, or Wilson in the playoffs. Brees did not fumble the ball giving the Hawks a score. Brees did not miss two field goals. The Saints went for it and passed up other potential field goals because of a lack of confidence in our kicker against the Hawks. Despite our receivers being held, the wind, and the rain, Drew played very well. Most teams in the NFL would love to have him as their QB. As Buddy D would say, go play with the squirrels.
02/27/2014 10:46AM
First Time
This the first time I think I have ever agreed with you. Once good defensive teams figured how to play him he was just an ordinary tight end.
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