After an awful 0-4 start, their midseason surge to get back to .500 was just a tease for its fans, giving them false hope. The past few weeks proved the team isn't deserving of the playoffs.
Forget the distractions of Drew Brees' contract negotiations, the one-year suspension of coach Sean Payton or the bounty suspensions, this team just looks lost. A team so accustomed to winning the past few years has seemingly forgotten how to win this season.
The disciplined, quick-strike ability high-scoring team is no more. A shell of its former self, this Saints unit is uncharacteristically bad. This kind of football is something New Orleans or its fans haven't seen the past three years when the team finished with records of 13-3, 11-5 and 13-3.
The big question is: Is this bad football a one-year thing? Or is it something that will go beyond this season.
The following are a few changes the Saints must make in 2013 in order to make this season a thing of the past.