The season has finally come to an end for the 2013 New Orleans Saints. In the end it came down to a question of where a game was played and who the Saints played but they have nothing at all to be ashamed of after losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the NFL Playoffs. If the Seahawks had been forced to play in the Superdome things could have been different but it wasn’t to be.
Though there could be many things to point out that went wrong with this season down the stretch, it would be much better for Saints fans and even players to understand how far they came from getting whopped by the NFL one season ago. In a way this lone playoff game struggle could mirror the struggle the Saints faced one year ago without their Head Coach.
To see them return the very next season and be a strong contender in the playoffs is most definitely something they should be proud of, not something to hang heads about. Few teams in the game could have bounced back from that season to be a force in the playoffs the very next year. In the same way the Saints bounced back one season after the NFL made an example of them, they will bounce back next season after this loss.
Good things to take away from the season include the very much improved defense. One move, changing the Defensive Coordinator changed the entire defensive team and they instantly became one of the better defensive cores in the game. There could be offensive issues to address here and there but as long as the core returns and the NFL leaves Sean Peyton alone, the Saints will be even stronger next season.