and after a night of little sleep, I'm ready to face a new day. And dammit, I'm super disappointed, but I'm also super proud of the Saints. Crazy hostile environment yesterday, taking on a defense that is putting up historically good numbers, and we were one insane play from advancing to the conference championship? Coming back from 17 down in that environment? Would anyone have believed it? Kristian Garick offered the opinion this morning that this season may have been Sean Payton's best coaching job. He may be right. The 1st season was brilliant, but to turn things around after the 0-2 start was oustanding coaching. Then there's this: Imagine if this had been our defensive depth chart going into yesterday's game. Bold faced are guys who were on IR: DE Jordan, Hendrickson DT Fairley, Davison DT Rankins, Davison DE Okafor, Kikaha WLB Anzalone, Mauti MLB Klein, Te'o SLB Robertson, Stupar CB Breaux, Crawley CB Lattimore, Williams SS Vaccaro, Bell FS Williams, Bush We also had 4 offensive starters on IR, 20 in total, and still were one play from the championship game. It was a gut wrenching finish, but I'm moving on. This team has developed a solid core of young talent in the last two years. The talk over the last few years has been, Brees is getting old, the window of opportunity is closing. I'm not convinced of that anymore, mostly because the front office appears to have fixed its talent evaluation flaws of recent years. The bad contracts that have made us non-factors in free agency are coming off the books. We will have to prepare to move on from Brees, of course, and it won't be easy for the successor to match his skill set of accuracy, game management and leadership. But I know longer see that window as closing. We will be back.... Who Dat!!