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Gallette on Saints: “We want to dominate the division”

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The NFL could get away with teeing up a bunch of subpar matchups in Week One, under the Eddie Murphy theory of a starving man eating a cracker.  (Turn the speakers off before playing that one, please.  We want you to remain employed because you’re our friend.  And so you can support our sponsors.)  At plenty of points on the schedule for the first Sunday of the season, the starving man will be gobbling down steak.

In New Orleans, the Falcons and Saints renew their twice-per-year rivalry right out of the gates, a season after the Falcons went 13-3 and the Saints fell to 7-9 amid the bounty mess and a horrible defensive showing.

But the Saints’ seven wins included a victory in New Orleans over the Falcons, and the game at the Georgia Dome featured an egging of the Saints’ bus by workers at the airport in Atlanta.

So things could get very interesting at the Superdome, where the Saints want to turn the page violently on last season and the Falcons, now back at 0-0 after losing only three times last season, will want to avoid picking up a third of the defeats in three hours on Sunday afternoon.

The Saints have bigger goals that doing what they were able to do against the Falcons at home in 2013.  On Monday, linebacker Junior Gallette made clear the team’s goal, via WWL.com:  “We want to dominate the division.”

It won’t be easy, and not just because of the Falcons.  The Panthers, who were 6-10 the last time the Saints dominated the division in 2011, have improved.  The Buccaneers, who were 4-12 in 2011, have improved.

The Saints likely will be better than they were in 2012, but it’ll be a tall order to ping-pong back to 13-3 based on the radical changes to the team’s defense and torn ACLs suffered by linebackers Victor Butler and Will Smith.

But Sean Payton is back after a full-year suspension, Drew Brees remains a franchise quarterback, Jimmy Graham has become one of the best tight ends in the game, and Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Mark Ingram give them a potent revolving door in the backfield.

While dominant could be a bit much to ask, it won’t take much of a bump above 7-9 to get the Saints back in playoff contention.  And it could start with a win over the Falcons that some would regard as a surprise.  If/when it happens, it shouldn’t be.

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13 Responses to “Gallette on Saints: “We want to dominate the division””
  1. stainlineho says: Sep 3, 2013 7:46 AM

    As a Saints fan…we’ll see how serious you are on Sunday 1PM EST Junior.

  2. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 3, 2013 8:09 AM

    Must be turning into Senior Gallette with senile statements like that.

  3. allday69 says: Sep 3, 2013 8:17 AM

    Taints will not dominate no team,they are no better than any other team in the league. TAINTS SUCK!

  4. mwm367 says: Sep 3, 2013 8:17 AM

    No matter how you dress up a turd, it is still a turd.

  5. demsaintsboyz says: Sep 3, 2013 8:35 AM

    As a Saints fan, Gallette keep your mouth shut and play football. Let your actions speak volumes.
    TURN UP!!!!!!!

  6. kane337 says: Sep 3, 2013 8:38 AM

    Bulletin board material for the Falcons.

  7. cajuntigerman01 says: Sep 3, 2013 9:25 AM

    Not only domination……but DESTRUCTION of the Falturds!!!!

    GEAUX SAINTS!!!!

  8. sb44champs says: Sep 3, 2013 9:27 AM

    The negative comments on the Saints could only mean one thing; the Saints are doing something right…lol

  9. nirvana504 says: Sep 3, 2013 10:42 AM

    Well, he’s right

  10. doubleogator says: Sep 3, 2013 10:54 AM

    Game of the week!!!

  11. wagn0404 says: Sep 3, 2013 12:10 PM

    Isn’t it the goal of every NFL franchise to dominate their division?

  12. grendelg says: Sep 3, 2013 1:58 PM

    If the Cardinals or Jaguars said they wanted to dominate their division we’d laugh at them too, and not because they’re doing anything right.

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 3, 2013 5:20 PM

    I’m sure that the Falcons are so above thinking that they want to dominate the division right? Naw they’d rather be neck and neck with the other teams.

    Also the same goes for the 49ers and Seahawks I mean, how brash of a player to want to dominate his division.

    We all know that champions hate dominating their division.

    What a selfish, foolish action.

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