The New Orleans Saints have decided to take extra precaution as Hurricane Isaac is expected to hit town by mid week. The team is preparing to leave as early as Tuesday to avoid being caught by Isaac, which is expected to make landfall on Wednesday.
The Saints were supposed to be off on Sunday, but instead were given Monday off so they are able to make evacuation plans for their families. Team personnel has steadily been keeping up with the latest developments on the storm. This way, not only are the Saints players prepared, but so are their families.
It’s also possible that the Saints would leave today, if needed. Their final preseason game is against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday. The Saints would be able to fly into Cincinnati and practice to plan for their game this week. So, it’s not like they would have a disadvantage going into Thursday night.
More than anything, I think the coaches and players want to make sure that their family, friends and loved ones are taken care of before Isaac hits their home. It’s something that the people of New Orleans know can happen, but you never want it to actually take place.
One thing the Saints don’t take lightly is the news of an impending hurricane. On Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, category 3 Katrina killed more than 1,800 and forced the Saints to relocate to play out their games that season.
Despite Hurricane Isaac, the Saints will still have to make roster cuts by 4pm today. Coach Joe Vitt said he has informed the 15 players of their release in expectance of the roster having to be cut down to 75 players.