WWL Exclusive: A sit-down with the Architect of the Black & Gold, Mickey Loomis
On a nice warm Sunday afternoon, the New Orleans Saints were practicing at the facility on Airline Drive in front of more than five thousand fans. The Cajun Cannon and I were under our WWL tent right next to the Saints weight room checking out practice.
Then, we had a chance to liven up the show with a very entertaining interview with Saints Executive Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis. The 40+ minute interview included Loomis talking about the Saints’ busy off-season, the Drew Brees contract, his relationship with Sean Payton, and working for Mr. Tom Benson.
“It was an eventful off -season. But we feel like we made some good moves to upgrade our roster,” Loomis told us.
One of the first things we asked Mickey was how difficult it was to put together the most lucrative contract in league history for QB Drew Brees.
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“We’ve got one big pie and we’ve got to make sure that everyone gets a slice of that pie. We are a really good team. And when you are a good team other teams want your players and at times you are going to lose players that you don’t want to lose. Every year there are some difficult choices to make,” Loomis said.
Mickey went on to say that Drew’s Contract was a unique process. “That was a pretty big piece of the pie. He is the most important player in the history of our franchise.”
While Mickey was talking with us on the air, Saints owner Tom Benson passed by on his golf cart and shouted out that over five thousand fans showed up to watch the Saints Practice.
“We have a special relationship and I cherish it,” Loomis said of Tom Benson. “You can’t have a successful franchise and sustain success without a great owner…Mr. B loves New Orleans and he wants to do everything he can to help continue to make New Orleans a great place.”
Loomis went on to talk about the team’s preparation for the first pre-season game and who will be in charge while he’s out for the first eight games of the season. Loomis also talked about what it is like not having his Head Coach around this season.
“It’s difficult. It’s very difficult. All of us in the building from the players and coaches and everyone else miss his leadership. Sean and I have a special relationship and we all miss him. But I know he will be an even better coach when he returns.”
Mickey went on to say that he and the team are looking forward to their road trip to Canton this week. It’s a trip that will see Saints great Willie Roaf inducted in the Hall of Fame and the Saints take on the Cardinals right here on Saints Radio Sunday August 5th.
You can listen to the entire interview Bobby and Deke did with Saints Executive Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis. And for the latest on the Black and Gold stay logged on here at wwl.com and be sure and catch our pro’s Bobby and Hokie daily on Sports Talk on 870AM and on the FM dial at 105.3