Metairie, La. - They may have been hundreds of miles away, but Hurricane Isaac was fresh on the minds of Saints players and coaches last week.
"It's weird to see in between meetings guys crowded behind TV's watching, no one talking," said Zach Strief. "There's an investment here with the city."
Indeed Isaac came and wreaked havoc. It left thousands without power and homes completely destroyed. The harsh reality of the devastation quickly put the Saints bizarre offseason in perspective.
"Having Joe Vitt during the preseason or having Sean Payton have to leave when he did. That is not adversity, rather it is opportunity for all of us to step up," interim interim coach Aaron Kromer explained. "Adversity is when your house is flooded and you can't go home. That's what we talked about."
And as if the Saints needed any more motivation to play well in 2012, Isaac and it wrath gave the Black & Gold another reason to ‘march on.'
"This city goes through a lot. We go through a lot," running back Pierre Thomas said. "Just like they're not giving up; we're not giving up. They're going to be behind us no matter what and we're going to be behind them no matter what."