Saints GM: NFC title game loss under ‘Life’s not fair’ category
Mickey Loomis is hurting just like every New Orleans Saints player, coach, staffer and fan, but the general manager is already back at work, hoping the disappointment from Sunday’s controversial loss in the NFC Championship Game will help the organization “get stronger.”
Loomis is in Mobile, Ala., this week for the Senior Bowl, and he admitted he had to make the trip “for my mental state.”
Loomis was reluctant to comment on how the NFL declined to issue a public statement about how officials missed a pass interference call late in the game that arguably could have allowed the Saints to eke out a close victory instead of suffering a 26-23 overtime loss.
Instead, Loomis simply stated it “is what it is” and deferred any official organizational reaction to the stern statement issued earlier in the week by Saints owner Gayle Benson.
Loomis also noted that he has not heard from anyone from the NFL since head of officials Alberto Riveron indicated on a phone call immediately after the game that officials blew the call.
Loomis can empathize with Saints fans over feeling robbed by the missed call, adding the pain and disappointment “will never go away.”
There of course has been no shortage of outrage expressed by devastated Saints fans over Sunday’s loss, some more macabre than others.
“Look, our fans are hurting,” Loomis said, via ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “Our coaches and staff put so much time and effort. And we achieved so many great goals — win the division, secure the No. 1 seed, win the divisional round in a tough game. We did enough to put ourselves in a position to win this game. And then to kind of have that happen and have the rug pulled out from under you, so to speak, that’s difficult to take. It’s difficult for our fans to take.
“So I understand the hurt. This goes under the category of, ‘Life’s not fair.'”