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Will the Saints embrace 'Us against them' mentality?

Jonathan Vilma's defiant words Wednesday morning typify the current attitude in New Orleans about the Saints. While the coaching staff has shied away from the "us against the world" mentality, players and fans seem to embrace the concept.

The latest to do so was Saints running back Mark Ingram.

Former Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie is selling these shirts for his  34 Ways Foundation featuring the
Former Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie is selling these shirts for his 34 Ways Foundation featuring the "Us against them" motto. (Mike McKenzie/Special to NFL.com)

"Get y'all wristband game up!! #FREESEANPAYTON," Ingram tweeted with a photo of a Free Sean Payton wristband.

Yep, the latest in Free Sean Payton active wear is a wristband. Just like Vilma, Ingram heard back in force from his followers.

"Here the haters come, I love y'all too!!! #WhoDatAllDayyy," Ingram tweeted.

While we aren't going to put too much stock in a pair of tweets in the middle of May, Saints players are starting to realize that "haters" of their organization are everywhere. The Saints feel like the league came after them too hard. It sounds odd for the team to play the victim card, but the Patriots did so with authority after SpyGate in 2007.

"This season is going to take on an us-versus-the-world mentality," tackle Zach Strief said last month.

Former Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie is another good example of the mindset in NOLA. The New Orleans resident remains active with his local 34 Ways Foundation , which helps tutor youth in the area. To raise money for the program, he is selling the shirts pictured above. The "us against them" motto is specifically for the Saints defense.

It's an attitude that figures to pervade the Saints organization. Motivational gambits only go so far in the NFL (and usually run out of steam), but the Saints will be nothing if not fired up to take out their frustrations on the rest of the league this season.

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