Oct 23, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) walks to the side line during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
There is no larger motivation to a true competitor than simple PRIDE.
It is one of the things that has made this year’s Saints team DIFFERENT from the 2014 unit that stumbled down the stretch with a divided locker room, splintered team unity, and an astonishing lack of effort.
The last two weeks New Orleans has played lackluster football in losses to the Lions and Buccaneers, particularly on offense.
The mind-set as well as the mental and emotional toughness of these young Saints players will be on full display over these last few weeks; showing how they are able to rebound from the regression leading to the losses that effectively ended their playoff dreams.
This New Orleans team is full of young men in their young and mid 20’s, players that have less than 4 seasons of NFL experience.
Prior to the loss against Detroit, the team had seemed to make significant progress each game. They were clearly growing from the close and heartbreaking losses that were the story of the first half of the season. It will be interesting to see “where there heads are at”, in these last 3 weeks.
This leads us to the final, and MOST IMPORTANT reason why it is vital for New Orleans to play well as they close 2016 — which is…….