New Orleans Saints: The Team You Don’t Want to Play in 2013

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I remember back in 2007 when the NFL came down on the New England Patriots for the spygate issue. Yes, whether or not Patriot fans want to admit it, it was cheating. At the same time, whether or not fans of every other team wants to admit it, everyone else was doing it too.

The Patriots were made an example of by the entire NFL community. They used it as motivation to lay waste to the rest of the league on their way to the Super Bowl (which they did indeed lose).

Last year, the same was done to the New Orleans Saints.

Countless NFL veterans have come forward and talked about how there was some sort of “bounty” program everywhere they played throughout their career. It was a game within the game — a competition amongst teammates in the spirit of extra motivation. Quite simply, bounties are as old as football.

People don’t like to hear it and often forget it, but this game is about hitting people. Sure, you gotta score points to win games, but to do so, you have to knock a few people down, around and out of the way. Anyone who has ever actually played the game knows that the last thing you are concerned with while hitting people is the well-being of the person you are hitting.

Enter the 2013 New Orleans Saints. Fresh off a disappointing season where they started 0-4 and finished 7-9 without the architect of their recent success, head coach Sean Payton, the Saints head into 2013 as almost a forgotten team.

In all fairness, they are buried in one of the NFL’s most exciting divisions, the NFC South. You have the Falcons, who many have as a Super Bowl sleeper pick based off how they finished last season. You got the up and coming Buccaneers who are led by a young coach with an old-school mentality and the Panthers, who are quarterbacked by the guy many thought was on the brink of becoming the face of the league a year ago.

In 2012, the Saints had the No. 2 offense in the NFL. Unfortunately, they also had the worst defense in the league. Their defensives deficiencies, aided by the absence of Jonathan Vilma for a good chunk of the year due to the bounty scandal, proved to be too much for the New Orleans offense to overcome.

Now Sean Payton and Jonathan Vilma are back, and I got a feeling they have something to prove. To help their efforts, the Saints went out and got Rob Ryan, arguably the most aggressive defensive coordinator in the NFL, to the run the D. You combine that with the frustration and anger displayed by Drew Brees toward the NFL last season, it all spells bad news for anyone on New Orleans’ schedule.

The Saints remain one of the most dangerous offensive units in the NFL. Led by Brees, they return a respectable platoon of running backs led by the shifty and versatile Darren Sproles. They also suit up Marques Colston, one of the more dominant receivers in the league over the past few seasons and Jimmy Graham, who with the injuries to Rob Gronkowski and the absence of Aaron Herndandez should pull away from the pack as the consensus top tight end in the game.

On defense, Rob Ryan’s unit is going to be coming at the quarterback from all angles. He’ll be working with a young and talented front seven who all specialize at wreaking havoc in the backfield. They’ll be backed up by a veteran secondary who’ll get an added charge of youth and energy with the addition of hard-hitting rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro.

Quite simply, the Saints more than ever will be out for blood in 2013. They want nothing more than to have Roger Goodell hand them the Lombardi in February and I think they will pull out everything in their arsenal to make that happen. They won’t care what you think about running up the score or delivering cheap shots. It’s them against the world and if your team is on their schedule this season, I wouldn’t feel  good about it.

BY J.P. SCOTT ON JUNE 26, 2013

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71 thoughts on “New Orleans Saints: The Team You Don’t Want to Play in 2013

  1. Ronald Barner
    June 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Funny….The Falcone are going to beat the &$^# out of the “AINTS” again theis year!!!

    1. Ryan
      June 27, 2013 at 1:09 am

      That was funny, I would have suggested you that become a comedy writer but sadly you can’t spell for shit.

      1. Troy
        July 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm

        That’s some funny chit!!

        1. Laurie
          July 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

          Precisely.

    2. Jason Mack
      June 27, 2013 at 1:18 am

      Sure, just like last year in week 10. Undefeated season stopped dead in it’s tracks.

      1. Hollywood
        June 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

        … and then went on to win the Super Bowl !

        1. Jason Mack
          June 29, 2013 at 12:18 am

          Not sure what you’re talking about. I’m saying the Saints handed the Falcons thier 1st loss of the season last year. The same week Roddy White said ” the falcons have the pedigree to go undefeated”. Awesome making dirty birds eat crow. The Saints are not only going to win the division this year, they’re going back to the Super bowl.

    3. Shutupandplayball
      June 27, 2013 at 5:16 am

      Uh, dream on Dirty Bird! They got lucky last year.

    4. Bob lablaw
      June 27, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Funny Ronald, falcons under Ryan/smith have a terrible record vs the “Aints”

    5. JC
      June 27, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Funny you say that because I do believe the Saints beat the Falcons last year…as they do every year

    6. Wesley
      June 27, 2013 at 7:11 am

      Funny how you think the Falcons will finally find a way to beat the hell out of the Saints. They haven’t been able to do so in 6 seasons. We’ve won 11 of the last 13 against the Falcants, including handing them their first loss of the season last season. Good luck. Payton is back now. Your team missed it’s chance. Bye bye, Mike Smith.

    7. Glenn Booksh
      June 27, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Funnier… but sad. Falcons fans are still illiterate.

    8. John
      June 27, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Ronald Barner- Funny….The Falcone are going to beat the &$^# out of the “AINTS” again theis year!!!

      lolwut? Care to remind the good readers of the Falcons record against the Saints over the past 7 seasons? Here, I will help you – 3 -11.

      BWAAAHAHAHA – good luck.

    9. WHO DATT
      June 27, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Ronald, who broke the birds streak last year? Oh yea the saints. Also, Ronald what is the falcons record against the saints since 2006? That’s right the falcons are 3-11. So before you say again this year, do a little research. Oh and finally how many Super Bowl rings do the falcant’s have? 0!!! WHO DATTT!!!!

      1. DrewTube
        June 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        Past performance does not predict future performance. The Falcons struggled in past years (mostly all close games) but keep in mind that was against Saints teams that weren’t setting historically bad defensive records. The Saints personell hasn’t really changed from last season, and their defense will let them done again this year even if they slightly improve. Let’s be realistic here, the Saints were a Julio Jones mid-game injury away from being swept last season. As a whole, the Falcons have a more talented roster. I’m not saying the Saints can’t beat them, because almost all the games were close.

        1. Dennis
          June 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

          Where do you get more talented roster as a whole? From quarterback to RB’s to WR’s, etc., they match up pretty evenly. WR’s are slightly better on Falcons but RB’s are slightly better on Saints. Def is better on falcons but offensive line is much better on Saints. There really is no clear edge here and that’s why they’re always close games. I’m a Saint’s fan but just being honest here.

      2. Algiers Fan
        June 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

        But at least the Falcons have rings around the bath tub.

        1. Laurie
          July 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

          LMAO!

    10. Kristen
      June 27, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Except you forgot the fact that we did beat the falcons once last year, so I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t make us the “AINTS” and I’m positive that we can do it again (:

    11. LRC
      June 27, 2013 at 8:53 am

      You need to spell check, dear..hahaha

    12. BJ
      June 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

      WHO DATTTTT?!?!?!?!???!?!?!

    13. June 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Ronald get your facts straight my boy
      !! The saints are 11-3 in the last 14 games. They beat your great team last yr without a head coach.. Payton owns the falcons and it will be no different this yr

    14. Pharmnks
      June 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Funny, you must have dementia because we pretty much own the Falcons . The most recent ass-whipping, either way, I can recall was dec 2011 when we embarrassed y’all 45-16. We either split the series or we sweep y’all. Every year. Get it straight.

    15. sue redden
      June 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

      in your dreams,loser,lol

    16. Ladisaintsfan
      June 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

      You can’t even spell the name of your team correctly. From what I remember, THE SAINTS handed the failcants, who THOUGHT they were going to go undefeated, their first loss of 2012…then, the failcants beat THE SAINTS a few weeks later. I’d call that a draw….not a beat down! Your comment don’t mean a thing when you don’t have a ring! : )

    17. Ricky Heyd
      June 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      I was going to write something to Ronald but I couldn’t use a crayon or use small words. Besides, you guys tore him a new bird hole by yourself

    18. Adam
      June 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Again? And what coachless team ended the undefeated streak of the Falcons last year?

    19. June 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      not a chance.

    20. June 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      lol Man where have You been? The Saints have owned the Falcons, ever since Payton has been coaching the team. The Failcan’ts finally won against the Saints, making it what, 3-4 wins now since Payton has been coaching?

    21. Justin
      June 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Man you obviously are a bandwagon fan. I am not going to sit here and say anything to you besides the fact we split Last year. How bout you go and check the Records since Sean Payton and Drew Came to town against ATL. Then come talk some smack. Sound Like Roddy. No Accomplishments yet still yappin.

    22. andyballard5@yahoo.com
      June 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Ronald, you are an incompetent retard who is probably on welfare

    23. Jack Sampson
      June 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      And then choke in the playoffs, as usual?

    24. Jacob Hawthorne
      June 27, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      When you learn how to spell, I’ll listen to your opinion! You must have gone to Atlanta schools!

    25. Daddy Longstroke
      June 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Ronald, learn how to spell you moron. How many times have the dirty turds beat the Saints over the past few years? Oh, you must be talking about the huge 10 point victory when Brees threw 5 Ints. 5 Ints and your team could only win by 10? Then choking at home to the Giners. Such an overrated team with retard fans. See you in week one chump.

    26. June 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      didn’t the saints win 13 of their last 16 games against the falcons?

    27. Bob
      June 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      The Falcons beat the Saints ?!?! Are you drunk or just stupid? Saints are ahead 10-2 since Payton started coaching them.

    28. Steven
      June 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      I’m not sure what you mean by again Ryan. Since 2006, the Saints vs Falcons record is 11-3. Also, last year, we were 1-1, with the last game meaning absolutely nothing for the Saints as they were out of playoff contention. Don’t be dumb, Saints>Falcolns, even in a non playoff year.

    29. Tanya
      June 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      I don’t remember the falcons beating the s… out of the Saints last, don’t get it twisted, out of the two teams which one has actually won a Super Bowl?!

    30. WHODATFAN
      June 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      I will end your rant about the “SAINTS” like this Falcon Boy – Under Sean Payton, the SAINTS are 11-2 against the FALCANTS. In addition, we won a Superbowl…how many did Atlanta win? Let me think….OH YEAH, that’s right….NONE! ZERO! ZIP! NADA!

      Tell your team to get ready for opening day because we will DEMOLISH you in front of the entire nation…

    31. Jimmy
      June 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      So you consider the Falcons splitting the series with the Saints beating the &$^# out of them, when the Saints had an interim head coach? Your QB isn’t even clutch enough to win games for you, Bryant gave you guys more wins than Ryan did. Enjoy your #2 spot in the NFC South again with maybe a wildcard. Maybe you will play the Giants again, perhaps you will get more than 2 points. Who knows?

    32. Bigred10
      June 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      The Dirty Birds are going to lose this year, Because we are angry, pissed, and ready to kick butt. WHO DAT!!!!!!!!

    33. Alex
      July 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Funny… the Saints are 11-3 vs. the Falcons since 2006.

      But go easy on Mr. Barber, he is obviously a product of the APS changing his test scores and never truly learned to spell.

    34. Jo
      July 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Again? Pffffft

    35. jason Millsap
      July 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Its funny how the Saints were the ones who handed the Falcons there first loss of the season in 2012 and that was with the worst defense in the league. hmmm….then in the rematch the falcons did not blow them out. So with a revamped defense (Rob Ryan new d-coordinator), Sean Peyton back, Brees on a mission, Graham in full health, and the fact that most teams have forgotten about them I’m sure as usual the Falcons will underestimate them and fall to Saints. Lets also not forget that the Saints offense was and always will be in the top 3 in the league. Last year they were one of he worst teams in the league in rushing yet still managed #2 rated offense so with them putting more emphasis on their running game its gonna be hard to beat them.

    36. arabito2@fabiatm.com
      August 5, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Saints are 11 – 3 against the Falcons since 2006…gonna beat the crap out of us again?? Check the stats buddy…

    37. Lance
      August 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      The Saints have won 11 out of the last 14 meetings with the Falcons. Matty “Ice”? More like Matty “Choke Artist”

    38. heather marie
      September 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Haha… you wish!

    39. Clint
      September 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Ronald !
      Falcons 17-Saints 23

      Suck it,
      New Orleans

  2. June 27, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Hey Ronald? What does a Falcons fan do when they win the Super Bowl?

    They turn off their X-Box and go to bed…

  3. Erin
    June 27, 2013 at 12:38 am

    The falcons blow!!! I can’t wait until the Saints play them for the game opener. It’s gonna be great!! Who Dat!

  4. keith haggerty
    June 27, 2013 at 12:39 am

    No, the only thing funny is the Falcants record against the Saints since Matty became QB. 2-11 … who dat? Definitely not Altanta!

  5. June 27, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Learn ow tospell Falcons beforewriting Dumb A**

  6. June 27, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Funny, the Falcons coulnd’t beat the sh*t out of the Saints in a down year last season. Come Sept. 8th in the Dome, the talking will stop and the A$$ kicking will begin.

  7. Mudbug9
    June 27, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Just throwing this out there Ron…..since sean payton came saints are 11-3 against the falcons since 2006

  8. Alan miller
    June 27, 2013 at 6:57 am

    The saints own the falcons. We are the falcons big brother. Just rember who handed those fail clowns their first lost last year !

  9. DANNY NAQUIN
    June 27, 2013 at 7:16 am

    YOU CAN’T EVEN SPELL, YOU CAN’T BE TO SMART.

    1. sott
      June 29, 2013 at 10:09 am

      if you call someone out for being dumb, make sure you are not. It is TOO SMART not to smart.

  10. Kmiller
    June 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

    You keep talking about Rex Ryan. He was available, because he was fired from his last coordinator job.

    1. admin
      June 27, 2013 at 7:56 am

      You mean Rob? And what does it really mean if Jerry Jones fires you?

      1. Jason
        June 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm

        Ask Tom Landry about Jerry Jones.

    2. bonjodytx
      June 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

      I refer you to Wade Phillips also fired by the Cowboys, now the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans. Yeah that defense. Don’t judge anyones coaching expertise based on whether Jerry Jones fired them.

  11. C-Bomb
    June 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I was going to berate this simpleton until I read everyone else’s comments.
    Good show!
    And if you’re such a vehement fan, how come you can’t spell the name of your team?
    Even if the Saints DON’T have a great season, we all know there’s AT LEAST 2 games they will win….

    Good ol’ Atlanta fans, clASSy as ever….

  12. Ker
    June 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Let’s not forget the crap the radio station pulled on Steve Gleason. The Who Dat nation is a family. Daddy is back and the Saints are going to avenge Steve against the Dirty Birds.

  13. June 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    If Jerry Jones fires you it means that he needed someone to blame other than Himself and Romo for his team’s failure.

    Rob Ryan was not the issue last 2 years with the Cowboys. Romo just couldnt get it done.

  14. paul
    June 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    we beat y’all and y’all beat us. There was no beat down. Your team also completely blew it on the way to the superbowl. Very typical of your falcons. We have a ring, and you will die aspiring for one because the lombardi trophy is never going to call atlanta home. However, Go Braves!

  15. Chocolate City Cracker
    June 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    What’s the difference between a dirty bathtub and the Dirty Birds? The bathtub has a ring….

  16. C
    June 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Hahah Ronald what an idiot

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  18. Susan
    June 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    In light of the recent comments from local Atlanta shock jocks against one of their own…..I believe that the Saints will pull out a little extra just for the guys on the Falcons team

  19. spider504
    June 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    the saints are the greatest on earth no head coach the other two coaches wasn’t worthy to even run the team last year. so that beenin sad the dirty girls wont stand a chance you think you since you have miss Jackson at running back yall think superbowl get real. matty ice will melt again as always so who dat we dat all dat so respect dat. 13 is a bad luck number but 13 teams will fear us.

  20. JonY75
    August 5, 2013 at 3:17 am

    I think it’s pretty funny the faith Saints fans have in Rob Ryan as a defensive coordinator.

    Arguably the most aggressive defensive coordinator in the NFL… Maybe, maybe not – but, so?

    He has had 3 attempts at DC in the NFL and did not make an impact at any of them.

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