The New Orleans Saints front office made some terrible moves that eventually dashed this team’s hopes of returning to the postseason in 2015. Here are four crucial mistakes that have turned the Saints 2015 playoff hopes into an ongoing nightmare.
1. Trading Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks for a First Round Pick and Center Max Unger
Trading Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks was a huge blow to the Saints passing game. Graham’s replacement Benjamin Watson is a good tight end and a great guy to have in the locker room, but he is not Jimmy Graham. This guy was a matchup problem for opposing defenses every Sunday. Was trading Graham to the Seahawks for a center and a 1st round pick even worth it? Probably not in my opinion.
2. Not Firing Rob Ryan after the 2014 Season
Sean Payton should have fired Rob Ryan at the end of the 2014 season. However, his conscience finally kicked in after the 47-14 loss against the Washington Redskins. It has been reported that Ryan lobbied for free agent acquisitions such as Jarius Byrd, Victor Butler, and Kenyon Cole. The players listed have been a complete bust for the Saints defense.
3. Brandon Browner Signing
Cornerback Brandon Browner has been a disappointment for the Saints this season. He currently leads the league with over 21 penalties. From what everyone saw in Seattle and New England, they were expecting someone that would bring leadership traits to a defense that clearly needed someone to step up and hold others accountable for their actions. He has apparently been exposed in New Orleans; there’s no “Legion of Boom” or Darrelle Revis to mask his deficiencies.
4. C.J. Spiller Signing
When the Saints signed running back C.J. Spiller to a four-year, $18 million dollar contract, he was expected to the guy that was supposed to be a threat to defenses catching passes out of the backfield. So far, that has not been the case. Spiller has only carried the ball for 31 times this season for a dismal, 108 yards rushing. The money spent on Browner and Spiller combined could have been used in other positions during free agency such as the offensive line.
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