For Saints Fans It's That Special Time Of The Year Again!

Robert LewisAnalyst IJuly 14, 2009

METAIRIE, LA - MAY 08:  Members of the New Orleans Saints take a break to cool off in the heat during the Rookie Minicamp at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility on May 8, 2009 in Metairie, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Once again we are counting the days until the start of training camp. For Saints fans, the start of a new season invokes different feelings. Just being a Saints fan in its self is a special thing. No other team has had the kind of history or had to play the kind of hand that the New Orleans Saints have been delt year after year. Only a true Saints fan will know what I am talking about. So if you don't thats ok. I suggest you read "Tales from the Saints Sidelines" then read this article again.

I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard "This is the year the Saints go all the way!" I would go broke just paying myself, and why would we not have a reason to think that? Looking back we have always had that magical season, where we were so close, only a few moves and we would be contenders the next season, only then to come crashing down from cloud nine. So close yet so far away!

For those of you that have been reading my articles you will know that I was never a fan of Gary Gibbs. I always felt he was to reserved, and the main reason why we lost more games than any other. It was never an issue of not having talented players on the field, but rather not putting them in a position to make the plays needed.

I am going to say it right here and now, Greg Williams is going to be the answer to the Question we call a defense in New Orleans. By pairing one of the greatest offensive minds next to one of the greatest defensive minds this side of the Lambardi era. The Saints are one the Top five teams in the NFL today.

I could go on and on about why, but I will give only a few. We were only two wins away from being 10-6 last year. Greg Williams would have given us those wins if not more. The only weak links from last years team are now gone. Loomis and Payton cleaned house this offseason, they also sent a message to everyone that just because you are a fan favorite that does not mean you are safe. I commend both Loomis and Payton for making the tough moves and reconizing that the time is now to move forward.

The NFL is not a popularity contest, it's a business. "Show me the money or I will find someone who will." is the new motto for every front office. As fans we can either love or hate the choices that are made, but in the end the coaches and executives calling the shots have families to feed just like we do. We will never forget  Deuce McAllister , Mike Karney, Joe Horn, Mike "The Beer Man" Lewis,  Hollis Thomas and the long list of other fan favorites that were recently shown the door, but it is now time for a new chapter to begin for the New Orleans Saints and it begins now!