NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Some of the post-game revelers were still making their way to the exits yesterday as the grounds-crew in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were already scrubbing off the fleur de lis at midfield.
The Sugar Bowl awaits while Saints fans again wait until next year.
What we will see when the Saints next take that field in 2016 is intriguing on so many levels. There are so many important decisions to be made, chief among them: Who will be making them? In the ownership suite and the front office, on the sideline, and in the locker-room, never in the Sean Payton era have there been so many challenges, so many things that need to be changed while wondering who has the courage and the wisdom to make the right ones? Is that person, or those people, currently in the organization?
Only Tom Benson knows - or will have to figure that out if he hasn't already. In the past, he hasn't been reluctant to make bold and sometimes sweeping moves. But those were in younger, less infirm, less troubled days. Those were made in less prosperous, less successful days for a franchise that hadn't won - and now has. That lacked the stability that breeds winning and the stability that winning breeds.
Does this team need a makeover or just a touch-up to restore its faded beauty? That's the big question.
It's one only Tom Benson can answer. And the manner in which he does will either embellish or tarnish the legacy he rightfully cares so much about.