columnist Mike Freeman says the New Orleans Saints are taking the best advantage of the NFL lockout, and linebacker Jonathan Vilma is one of the reasons why.

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (#51) with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

To win in team-sports, there has to be leadership. The Saints have been very successful over to past five years, because of the leadership provided by players like Vilma and Brees.

If hard work means anything, it looks like the Saints will be a force again, in 2011, assuming we get this lockout thing behind us.