(WVUE) - The last 10 months have been extremely rough on the Saints organization. First, they failed to make the playoffs with a 7-9 record, and now they're trying to move on from the ugly release of pass rusher Junior Galette.
General manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton addressed the media Wednesday, and Loomis responded vehemently when asked if the Saints were dysfunctional.
"Look, first off, I don't think we're dysfunctional at all as an organization. I think there was something we didn't anticipate last year on our team that we had to address. I think we've done that, and we'll see the results of that this coming season," he said.
Since Sean Payton arrived in 2006, he's nurtured a culture of winning. Last year's win total was tied for the lowest output since 2007 for Payton, but there's zero chance he's lost faith in his system.
"It's difficult, but whenever you get hit in the mouth, sometimes you're not going to have the success you expect to have," Payton said. "I wouldn't say that. It fuels the fire. One of the things that motivates people is that fear of not having success."
Two big names that will start on the sidelines when practice kicks off Thursday are Marques Colston and Jairus Byrd, but don't expect them to be on the PUP list for an extended period of time, according to Loomis.
"I'm not going to address any particular individual, but we don't see any of those being long-term," Loomis said. "We feel good where those guys are at. We knew some of them would linger into the first part of training camp."
Players on the PUP list can return to the active roster at any point during the preseason.