Let’s admit it; the New Orleans Saints were rebuilding their roster during the 2015 regular season. No one in the organization will admit it, but it is the “God honest truth.” For right now, only Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Zach Strief, and Jahri Evans remain from the team that won the Super Bowl in 2009.
In 2015, we saw a Saints team that featured many new faces such as Willie Snead and Stephone Anthony. With all of the new faces on the Saints roster right now, can they be a force in the NFC once again?
With Drew Brees and Sean Payton together, I believe it’s highly possible, but the key to becoming relevant again for the Saints is to have another successful NFL Draft. It has been stated that the Saints 2015 NFL Draft has been the franchise’s most successful draft since 2006, which featured players such as Marques Colston and Zach Strief.
As of right now, the Saints do not have a ton of cap space to sign some of the league’s most prized free agents in next month’s free agency period. To mitigate those issues, they must hit the lottery in the 2016 NFL Draft in May. However, when it comes to acquiring new talent in the NFL, the draft is a crap shoot.
The Saints have spent sums of money over the past few years on free agents that have not worked out for the better recently. The Denver Broncos strategy of building a Super Bowl contender around an aging quarterback like Peyton Manning will only work when you sign guys that will fit the makeup of the team. When I say “makeup of the team” I mean players that will fit into the team’s scheme, no matter if it’s the offense or defensive side of the ball.
Hopefully, Saints assistant General Manager Jeff Ireland will provide more input on the Saints free agency needs this offseason. Mickey Loomis has found some gems in the past, but lately, he has not done a good job of fielding a team around Drew Brees. As far as the offense goes, the Saints once again had one of the league best offenses, however; the group did not have that killer instinct that would put fear into opposing defenses.
During the 2015 season, there were times when the offense would take their foot off the pedal when they had huge leads in ball games. For example, the game against the Colts was the best that the Saints had looked in the first half all year. The Saints would go on to win the game by a score of 27-21. In my opinion, the score should not have been that close.
That’s the killer instinct that I was talking about that this ball club has lost. Four years ago, this game would have been a “no contest” for the Saints if they had a 21-point lead in the first half. Depending on who you follow in mainstream media when it comes to covering the Saints, there have been rumors about the Saints drafting a playmaker such as Laquon Treadwell out of The University of Ole Miss.
Treadwell would become an important factor in the Saints offense. However, I believe that Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead can bring back that killer instinct that worried so many defensive coordinators. Also, do not sleep on the wide receiver, Brandon Coleman.
I believe that this guy can become that playmaker that fans have cried about since Jimmy Graham was traded a year ago. The moves that the Saints will make in the upcoming months will determine if they are ready to reclaim their dominance of the NFC South Division. It will not be easy because I do not see Cam Newton and Carolina Panthers regressing next season.
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