The New Orleans Saints have endured a long and brutal history that, except the current era ushered in by Drew Brees, Sean Payton and Co., it’s really difficult to conjure up any sort of all-time team that measures up with most around the league. However, the past near-decade have added plenty of nice offensive pieces to any hypothetical best-of team.
I know everyone and their grandparents is building their own Mt. Rushmore-type quartet for every franchise in sports this offseason, but I’m going to a pull twist on it I haven’t seen yet: only accomplishments over the past couple years will apply, in the effort create the most relevant set of four mountain-side faces as possible.
So I’m building the Saints’ Mt. Rushmore to beat all Saints Mt. Rushmores: Whose face makes it in stone?
Sean Payton: Bountygate disrupted New Orleans’ offseason but did nothing more damaging than removing their offensive mastermind coach from the equation for a full regular season.
Drew Brees: The organization’s only Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Super Bowl MVP and so many other things. Obvious.
Jimmy Graham:Graham certainly falls in the category of “catastrophes for the Saints’ offense when he’s not around.” Injuries either nagged Graham or forced him out for most of 2012, but it’ll be exciting to see his vigor upon return in 2013.
“I’m a hungry player. And this is probably the hungriest I’ve ever been, to kind of right the wrong of last year, to prove what this team can do and maybe hush up some of the naysayers,” Graham said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “So for me, it’s all work and doing as much as I can to be the best player I can.”
Marques Colston: The four spot is where it got tough, but I wasn’t going to add anyone from the defensive side here. Colston’s been Brees’ top target over the QB’s career so he makes the grade.