It's a new year and a new motto for this New Orleans Saints team: No More Drama.
If that wasn't painfully obvious after the year that was in Who Dat Nation, there has been something new stirred up by an "anonymous" brat who told Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune that Steve Spagnuolo should be fired.
This person goes on to say that players were just being "politically correct" on the defensive side, and he blames Spags' scheme and not the players.
Two quotes were my favorite:
"Players have no say in anything," the anonymous player said. "It was (a) complete opposite from before where it was a simple D that players had lot of control and say. We couldn't suggest (expletive)...Nothing ever changed. It was his way only."
He does have that good-guy persona, but he is a control freak and treats people like crap. (Spagnuolo has) no patience and zero personality. (He) has a way of pissing players and our defensive coaches off with how he says and does things. (I) think it's even harder after having (former defensive coordinator) Gregg (Williams), who guys enjoyed.
First off, Spagnuolo was putting in an actual defense and not seeing how high he can count and sending that many guys on a blitz.
Second, he is not supposed to be your best friend and buddy like Triple Snitch was. He is supposed to put you in the right situation, and, guess what, he did. When the players weren't confusing the coverage/defense, they were making plays.
Prime example: 16 turnovers in 2011, 26 in 2012.
Yardage is one of the most overrated stats in the NFL, and, if you don't believe me, ask the New England Patriots of last season who were in the Super Bowl despite giving up an enormous amount of yards.
But I'm not here to defend Spags. I am here to say that any player who has to hide behind anonymity isn't a player whom I would want on my team. Team captains should weed him out and show him the door.
No need to have any more drama.
If the Saints keep this brat in the locker room, they are doing an injustice to the rest of the guys there doing their job the right way and improving in Spags' defense when they finally grasped it.
Looking for who might be the guy? I'd start with the players who struggled and are still under contract next year. Maybe if he knew he wouldn't be back with the Saints, he would just come out and say it without hiding.
Then again, this guy isn't really a model of intestinal fortitude.
Did Spags have a historically bad first year? No doubt.
All I am saying is, if you have a problem with something, you take it up with him, not hide through the media.
This Saints team really needs to embrace my motto for them this year:
No More Drama.