Some would say the New Orleans Saints would be better off playing in Week 7 after their last second defeat to the New England Patriots last weekend. On the other hand, some say that the Saints need the time to rest, watch film and regroup before taking on the Buffalo Bills in Week 8. I believe the bye week came just in time for New Orleans.
“The bye week gives players and coaches time to rehab both physical and mental injuries, to assess what’s going well and what’s not going well and to create ways to fix what’s broken within the system and individual performances,” sports psychologist Dr. Lance Green said, according to nola.com.
There is no question the Saints are playing at a very high level this season. The return of head coach Sean Payton, the continued stellar play of quarterback Drew Brees and the much improved defense are all reasons for the success.
With that being said, the best thing after a stunning loss, as the one New Orleans went through against New England, is to regain the overall mental stability of the team. Not playing this week is tough on the players and the fans but there is no doubt it is what is best for the Saints.
According to Green, the bye will “often leads players, coaches and support staff to return with a renewed sense of purpose, the re-creation of one’s energy and spirit, and a commitment to The Plan.”
The Plan being what will carry New Orleans to the playoffs in January.
It is important for New Orleans to enjoy their time off and get ready to roll next week when they prepare for the Bills.