The New Orleans Saints, often referred to as the “Aints” for their un-luckiness, came into NFL in 1967, shortly before the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. After the merger, the Saints were assigned to the NFC in the new format. Throughout their history, the Saints have called just two buildings home. From 1967-1974 they played at Tulane Stadium. In 1975, they moved into their current home, the Louisiana Superdome, now referred to as the “Mercedes-Benz Superdone”.
Until the mid-2000’s the Saints were one of the league’s least successful teams, and even were even considered for relocation at one point. Up until that point in time, the Saints had won their division just twice, and had made the playoffs just five times. In the mid-2000’s things began to change. Drew Brees arrived via free agency and Sean Payton became the new head coach. Since those two things happened, the Saints have been on of the NFL’s more successful teams, winning their division three times, making the playoffs five times, and winning the Super Bowl in 2009.
Yes, the Saints have had a nice long run of success. However, as the old saying goes, Father Time waits for nobody. Drew Brees is 36 years old, and isn’t getting any younger. In fact, Brees has started to show some signs of age as of late. Compile that in with some bad decisions made personnel wise, and you have the Saints on the end of their run.
The New Orleans Saints were founded back in 1966 during the NFL's prime years of expansion, the 1960's and 1970's. The way the Saints came into existence is one of the more “interesting” stories in sports history. Originally crafted by an American businessman named Dave Dixon, the Saints formed after a backroom, politically motivated, deal between Pete Rozelle, and U.S. Congressmen Hale Boggs. Boggs was actually the House Majority Whip at the time, and U.S. Senator Russell Long, was the Senate Majority Whip at the time. It involved the AFL-NFL merger, and placed a team in New Orleans. With that, the New Orleans Saints came into existence. Throughout their history they have had two buildings as their home field. First, they played at Tulane Stadium from 1967-1974. In 1975, they began play at what is now called the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints have not exactly been known as one of the NFL's more successful teams since their inception, but there have been bright spots as of late. Throughout their history the Saints have made the playoffs just 10 times, most recently in 2013. The Saints have won their division just five times, most recently in 2011. They have won the NFC just one time, in 2009, and that was also their lone Super Bowl win. That did not come without scandal though, as several of the coaches and players, including head coach Sean Payton, were suspended, Payton in fact for the entire season for illegally paying players to try to hurt other teams players.
Saints Look Back at 2015 and Forward to New Season
Currently, the Saints are an older team that many say are past due for a complete rebuild. Drew Brees is aging fast, and he takes up a large part of the Saints salary cap space. Speaking of, the Saints payroll situation is bad. Look for a restructure in the near future. In 2015, the team had to face the red hot Cardinals in game one of the season. They went down in flames, 31-19. Two weeks later, they had a close game against the Panthers, but came away as losers. They went on to win the next three of four games, before going on a four game losing streak. In 2016, the team will face an uphill battle, with two division opponents looking as strong as ever.