This is a followup article to the awards article I wrote back in January.
It's hard to say a 13-3 season with a playoff win is a disappointment, yet I think Saints players, coaches and fans would all agree the 2011 version of the New Orleans Saints expected so much more than a divisional round playoff loss.
Of course that loss ultimately has to be pinned on the defense and its inability to hold down a lead two times in a span of five minutes of game time. Some of it could also be accredited to an offense which turned the ball over five times, but that same offense scored twice in the final five minutes to take a lead.
So it seems fair to say that most Saints fans will remember 2011 as the year that could have been, perhaps even should have been. But let's not allow the Saints' failures in one game to blind our memory of all the incredible accomplishments of this Saints squad.
As Drew Brees has talked about numerous times, it's not the losing that hurts the most, it's the group and the journey that each player is going to miss, and thus the aspect which hurts the most.
It hurts because this team had a spectacular 2011 campaign. Here are 10 ways that was true.