The 2000s was the most successful decade in New Orleans Saints' history. They won their first playoff game ever (12/30/2000, vs. the St. Louis Rams), and took home three division titles—2000, 2006, and 2009.
A team forever known for its offensive ineptitude showed an offensive burst in the early part of the decade, and all-time greatness since 2006.
Several all-time great Saints have passed through this organization over the past 10 years. This decade features several players who are either in the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame—Willie Roaf and Joe Johnson—or are future members—Drew Brees, Deuce McAllister, Joe Horn, and more.
Below are my nominees for the New Orleans Saints' all-decade team. Please vote and add any additional nominees by commenting to this article, or by leaving a message in my inbox.
Bleacher Report's New Orleans Saints' all-decade will be announced on December 30.
The number of players at the listed position who will be on the all-decade team is in parentheses.
QB (1): Drew Brees, Aaron Brooks (the only two quarterbacks to start for a full season in the 2000s)
RB (1): Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas
FB (1): Terrelle Smith, Mike Karney
WR (2): Joe Horn, Willie Jackson, Marques Colston, Devery Henderson
T (2): Willie Roaf, Jammal Brown, Kyle Turley, Jon Stinchcomb
G (2): Montre Holland, Jahri Evans, Cark Nicks, Jamar Nesbit
C (1): Jeff Faine, LeCharles Bentley, Jonnathan Goodwin
TE (1): Mark Campbell, Billy Miller, Cam Cleeland, Jeremy Shockey
DE (2): Will Smith, Darren Howard, Joe Johnson
DT (2): La'Roi Glover, Normand Hand, Grady Jackson, Kendrick Clancy
LB (3): Mark Fields, Keith Mitchell, Darren Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Scott Shanle, Scott Fujita, James Allen
CB (2): Mike McKenzie, Fred Weary, Jason Craft
S (2): Sammy Knight, Jay Bellamy, Roman Harper
Returner (1): Michael Lewis
Punter (1): Toby Gowin, Steve Weatherford
Place Kicker (1): John Carney, Doug Brien
Special Teamer (1): Steve Gleason, Fred McAfee
Coach (1): Jim Haslett, Sean Payton