The New Orleans Saints continue to be everything the Atlanta Falcons are not.
New Orleans Saints fans love to tell every Atlanta Falcons fan about their Super Bowl from more than a decade ago. However, that one win has an asterisk by it as they continue to be the worst franchise in the NFL.
Under Sean Payton, the Saints continue to ignore NFL protocols and rules. You would think that a head coach who was suspended for a full season because of these actions and decisions would make sure he leads by example and enforce the league codes of conduct.
Instead, the Saints continue to throw a middle finger up to the league and continue to get caught. They are known more for their off the field conduct than they are that lone Super Bowl win.
Yes, the Atlanta Falcons have the worst Super Bowl loss in the history of the NFL but at least this franchise makes us proud in the community and understands that having class is important.
Sure, there are some fans who don’t care about this and would trade all of the recognition that Falcons players have earned over the years for a Super Bowl win but being a great teammate and great community leader matters too.
Saints disgusting history on and off the field.
Just go back to the Saints Super Bowl year of 2009.
For three seasons that started with their Super Bowl-winning season of 2009 and went on through 2011, they were caught utilizing a bounty system where they would reward players who were able to remove opponent’s players from games.
Football is dangerous enough, no one should be headhunting out there to maim an opponent and potentially end their career.
Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season as was defensive coordinator Greg Williams and assistant head coach Joe Vitt was suspended for half of that same season.
Fast forward to just 18 months ago and it was revealed by Sports Illustrated that the Saints brass were aiding the Catholic Church in how to cover up atrocities that were committed on young children.
The Saints have said that they only provided “minimal PR specific help”. Regardless of how they want to frame it, they still provided guidance on how to publicly cover up sexual abuse of minors and that is something that should never be forgotten.
The fact that the media, especially sports media, has completely pushed this aside and forgotten about it, is a true indictment on the industry and shows that even atrocities committed on innocent children can be pushed aside.
At the very least when this happened, the Benson family should have forced to sell the franchise.
Now, Saturday night before the Super Bowl, a scathing report came out that the Saints ignored the league’s COVID policies this year and allowed players like Alvin Kamara to play despite his ignorance of those policies.
While COVID opinions seem to fall along political lines, what no one can ignore is that it is serious, people have died and 99 percent of this country’s population still doesn’t have access to the vaccine.
Part of the NFL and NFLPA agreement to play in 2020 was that all teams and players would do everything in their power to be safe for the sake of teammates and team personnel. While there were examples across the league of individuals not doing so and fines being levied to both that person and their teams, the Saints continued to ignore these protocols and tried to sweep their ignorance under the rug.
The Saints went all year allowing Kamara to ignore safety protocols and didn’t even get as much as a slap on the wrist, though that is allegedly coming down the pipe.
At this point, the New Orleans Saints franchise should be forced to fold.
The New Orleans Saints have the league’s worst fan base and their franchise continues to do what they want and believes that they are above following the same rules as everyone else.