Loomis haunted by two Super Bowl near misses

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Twelve days ago, the Saints had the Vikings beaten, for a berth in the NFC title game. Six years earlier, the Saints were similarly close to a divisional-round win in San Francisco. The two losses will haunt G.M. Mickey Loomis, indefinitely.

“Look, for the rest of my life, I’m going to feel like, ‘We were this close to being in three Super Bowls,'” Loomis said. “And hopefully it’s more than that. . . . Listen, I felt the same way after ’11 when we got beat in San Francisco. The path to getting to the Super Bowl was right there in front of us. Now, look, we would’ve had to complete it — I’m not saying we would have, no different from this one. But there was a path.”

Having the path prematurely disrupted invites speculation as to what would have happen if the path had continued. Could the Saints have beaten the Eagles? Could they have beaten the Patriots? As it stands, they’ll never know.

“What’s hard about the end of the season, any season, is that it’s so hard to get to a point where, man, you’ve got a real chance to get to the Super Bowl,” Loomis said earlier this week, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “And when something happens, you feel like it got taken away from you. And I’m not saying ‘wrongly’ or anything like that. Just that, hey, it got jerked out from under us. And it’s just like, ah, you got thrown back into this deep hole and there’s no light.”

More accurately, the Saints (along with 29 other teams, for now) have been thrown back into the valley of 0-0, and they won’t get a chance to commence the process of digging out until September, when the next regular season begins.

23 responses to “Loomis haunted by two Super Bowl near misses

  1. The path to getting to the Super Bowl was right there in front of us. Now, look, we would’ve had to complete it — I’m not saying we would have, no different from this one. But there was a path.
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    One of those exists for every team–every year.

  2. Good, let it burn. That’s how us Viking fans felt when Sean “The Don” Payton paid his hitmen to cheap shot Favre the whole game, and apparently paid the refs to swallow their whistles. Cry me a river…

  3. Well we know 1 thing for certain – Had the Saints beat Minnesota, and Philadelphia, there would be 2 QB’s in the SB instead of 1. So, as it turns out, NE gets to face Mariota, Bortles, and Foles as QB’s in the playoffs.

    NFL, if this is your idea of parity or competition, you’re failing.

  4. jackedupboonie says:
    January 26, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    So getting into the playoffs =’s a near super bowl miss?
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    For Indy it is.

  5. It’s not a near miss. They would have had to lose a close one in Philadelphia for it to be a near miss. It’s like saying the Steelers were a near miss. Also, they were already spanked by the Patriots this year.

  6. rudywasoffsides says:
    January 26, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    Good, let it burn. That’s how us Viking fans felt when Sean “The Don” Payton paid his hitmen to cheap shot Favre the whole game, and apparently paid the refs to swallow their whistles. Cry me a river…

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    Get over it, your team had FIVE turnovers, live by the Favre, die by the Favre. In that game the Saints had 9 penalties for 88 yards, the Vikings had 5 for 32 yards. Refs swallowed their whistles when it came to calling penalties against the Vikings. Brees was hit in a very similar High/Low way as Favre, no flag. For the most part, the refs in the game let them play and hit. The whole “bounty” BS was made up, your own team had a very similar program in effect as did the vast majority of teams.

    Enjoy that sofa Vikings, the Saints are right there with you this year.

    Cry me a river….hahaha Just think, the Eagles “saved” you from losing ANOTHER Super Bowl.

  7. It is very, very difficult to make it to the Super Bowl. There are 4 teams who’ve never made it once, and another 4 that have been there just once. That’s what makes what NE has done under BB and Brady so remarkable – 8 Super Bowl births in 16 seasons with Brady as the starter. Amazing!

  8. “So, as it turns out, NE gets to face Mariota, Bortles, and Foles as QB’s in the playoffs.”

    Lolz all 3 are better than Russell Wilson, so tougher competition than your Seahawks were.

  9. “The whole “bounty” BS was made up,”

    Its clear with hindsight that was just another fake “scandal” fabricated by Goodell.

  10. I feel your pain. If the league hadn’t contrived it so the Patriots always have to go on the road to play the Broncos in the cap cheat space station they call a stadium, this would be the fourth glorious Patriots SB appearance in a row.

  11. Slash seems just a few years ago you were telling us all how Seattle was a dynasty. Also how paying Wilson big bucks would have no effect on competitiveness of the Seahawks.
    Sad

  12. And halfway into last weeks game, it was pretty obvious it was the Saints who should have been there.

  13. They won the Super Bowl 9 years ago. His 2 Super Bowl “near-misses” were getting knocked out in the Divisional round? What should haunt him is having a top 5 QB of all-time and putting up a whole hell of a lot of 7 & 9 seasons, and his mismanagement of the salary for all those years. This guy is in way over his head. When your record is so sporadic is evidence of someone who is relying on chance more than anything else. Brees has been saving this guys job for way too long. If they had a real GM, Brees may have a few more rings on his fingers.

  14. just2040 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    What should haunt him is having a top 5 QB of all-time and putting up a whole hell of a lot of 7 & 9 seasons, and his mismanagement of the salary for all those years.

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    This ^^^ is 100% right.

  15. NE gets to face Mariota, Bortles, and Foles as QB’s in the playoffs.
    NFL, if this is your idea of parity or competition, you’re failing.
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    The two left standing are hands down the best teams in AFC and NFC.. Couldn’t be any fairer than that.

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