tribute: a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or in acknowledgment of gratitude or esteem.
Sorry, Haslett's 45-51 record doesn't earn tribute from me
I was all on board for Haz. Who wasn't with the first playoff win in team history? 2001 I was still there. The end of that season was trying though. They were 7-5 but lost the last 4 straight by a combined score of 52-160. Like many I lost all faith at the end of 2002. At 9-4 Brooks was injured and Haz refused to insert Jake. The writing was on the wall from that point to me.
Haz even admitted that was his downfall later (at least he was honest)-
"We had a chance to go to the playoffs, and I got hardheaded because Aaron Brooks got hurt," Haslett told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week. "I should've put the backup in, and didn't. Everybody wanted the backup in, and I didn't. In hindsight, I probably should have because the backup turned out to be a pretty darn good quarterback, Jake Delhomme."
At the time, nobody knew much about Delhomme, who had appeared in six games in six seasons. The Saints decided not to bring him back in the spring of 2003.
Delhomme then signed a free-agent deal with Carolina, took over as the starter at halftime in Week 1, and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl.
Delhomme guided the Panthers to the NFC championship game and was picked for the Pro Bowl two years later -- the same year Haslett was fired after the Saints went 3-13. LINK