It's kind of funny how quickly things change in the NFL.
As another training camp gets set to begin, I can't shake the feeling of how forgotten the Saints have become in national conversation of Super Bowl contenders.
Please don't misunderstand.
This is not me being a homer slamming the table about how the black and gold can't get any respect from ESPN and the likes. In fact, I don't think they've been disrespected at all. And to be fair there have been some nationally that do like the Saints chances in 2013, just not nearly as many as in years past.
It's understandable. The Saints missed the playoffs last year and the NFC has new darlings.
A team that in four seasons won 44 games, a Super Bowl and has a 4-2 postseason record with a Hall of Fame quarterback and coach has suddenly become old news.
They've been bumped for teams like San Francisco, Seattle, Washington and Atlanta.
That's the 'what-have-you-done-for-me lately' world of the NFL.
But here's what I've come to realize. I think the Saints LIKE being in this position. I think they like that no one is really talking about them in the tone they are used to. I think they like that it's been 'beautifully boring', as I once called it, this offseason.
The last time the buzz around them was this low was 2009.
Yes, the same year they won the Super Bowl. And no, I'm not predicting that they will do that again. But I am predicting that they will have that same sort of intensity and focus throughout this training camp that they had in '09. If you were there you know what I'm talking about.
I hadn't seen a camp like that before, or since. The results in '09 spoke for themselves. We won't know the results for '13 for awhile. But very soon we'll see how they approach the process.