After Further Review: Time for the Saints to come home - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

After Further Review: Time for the Saints to come home

The Saints will no longer hold training camp at the Greenbrier. (Fox 8 Photo) The Saints will no longer hold training camp at the Greenbrier. (Fox 8 Photo)
(WVUE) -

There's no way to definitively say the Greenbrier played any role in the Saints’ three straight 7-9 seasons.

What can be said is by the time the 2016 season ended, it sure didn't look good. 

So, the choice was obvious: it was time to come home.

Whether or not you believe the Greenbrier effect was real or just a lazy excuse, there's no denying facts. And the facts are the Saints were 21-27 when their training camp was domiciled in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. They were 55-25 from 2009-2013 when Metairie was their training camp home.

Sometimes perception has to be reality. 

Personally, I never had a problem with West Virginia. The weather was great, and the people were friendly. But the move there became more symbolic of an organization that started to drift.  

When Sean Payton took the job with the Saints in 2006, his home stadium wasn't even ready to play in. He held one of most brutal camps in the NFL in Jackson, Mississippi. By his eighth season in New Orleans, training camp was at a five-star resort.

Somewhere, their identity was lost. In the process, the rest of league caught up.

The good news is the Saints are aware of the problem. There would be nothing worse than denial at this point. Now they're coming home, at least for this year.

It won't guarantee success. But it does guarantee the organization is taking the last three years seriously.

Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • SPORTSMore>>

  • Southern Miss eliminates UTSA 7-1, advances to C-USA Tournament Semifinal

    Southern Miss eliminates UTSA 7-1, advances to C-USA Tournament Semifinal

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:50 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:50:45 GMT
    USM fans celebrate after a Golden Eagles run in the C-USA TournamentUSM fans celebrate after a Golden Eagles run in the C-USA Tournament
    Southern Miss redshirt freshman Matthew Guidry called Wednesday's surprising 9-2 loss to eighth-seeded UTSA a needed "reality check." If that's the case, it would appear USM has come back to reality. The #11 Golden Eagles got their revenge, beating the Roadrunners 7-1 and eliminating UTSA from the Conference USA Tournament at MGM Park. The Golden Eagles now face off against Charlotte Saturday at 12:30 pm in the tournament semifinals, while Florida Atlantic and Rice square o...More >>
    Southern Miss redshirt freshman Matthew Guidry called Wednesday's surprising 9-2 loss to eighth-seeded UTSA a needed "reality check." If that's the case, it would appear USM has come back to reality. The #11 Golden Eagles got their revenge, beating the Roadrunners 7-1 and eliminating UTSA from the Conference USA Tournament at MGM Park. The Golden Eagles now face off against Charlotte Saturday at 12:30 pm in the tournament semifinals, while Florida Atlantic and Rice square o...More >>
  • Southern Miss eliminates Louisiana Tech 5-2 in C-USA Tournament

    Southern Miss eliminates Louisiana Tech 5-2 in C-USA Tournament

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:39 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:39:58 GMT
    Matthew Guidry celebrates as he scores against Louisiana Tech in the C-USA Tournament.Matthew Guidry celebrates as he scores against Louisiana Tech in the C-USA Tournament.
    Listening to Matthew Guidry explain his approach before connecting on arguably the biggest hit of his career at Southern Miss, the moment is made to sound almost routine. In fact, the freshman second baseman’s two-out, full-count fly ball over the netting in right-center field Thursday afternoon was one of the primary reasons the Golden Eagles remain alive in The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship. Guidry’s three-run home run in the second...More >>
    Listening to Matthew Guidry explain his approach before connecting on arguably the biggest hit of his career at Southern Miss, the moment is made to sound almost routine. In fact, the freshman second baseman’s two-out, full-count fly ball over the netting in right-center field Thursday afternoon was one of the primary reasons the Golden Eagles remain alive in The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship. Guidry’s three-run home run in the second...More >>
  • Rice Holds On for 4-3 Win over ODU, advances to C-USA Tournament Semifinal

    Rice Holds On for 4-3 Win over ODU, advances to C-USA Tournament Semifinal

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:23:40 GMT
    Rice head coach Wayne GrahamRice head coach Wayne Graham
    Over the years, Rice has earned a reputation for winning close baseball games, and Coach Wayne Graham said the reason for that was very simple. “Well, if you’ve got good relief pitching, you look real smart,” Graham said shortly after watching his closer, Glenn Otto, surrender only a walk over the final 3 1/3 innings of Rice’s 4-3 victory over Old Dominion Thursday in the second round of The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship. ...More >>
    Over the years, Rice has earned a reputation for winning close baseball games, and Coach Wayne Graham said the reason for that was very simple. “Well, if you’ve got good relief pitching, you look real smart,” Graham said shortly after watching his closer, Glenn Otto, surrender only a walk over the final 3 1/3 innings of Rice’s 4-3 victory over Old Dominion Thursday in the second round of The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship. ...More >>
Powered by Frankly