The saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is an adage attesting to the need for time to accomplish great things. The same meaning should be given to the New Orleans Saints. As of right now, the Saints record is 2-4. They are five games back of division leader the Carolina Panthers. Saints fans around the Southern region are not satisfied with the current product that has been on the field lately.
What they fail to realize is that this version of the Saints is a very young and inexperienced roster. It was reported that the Saints rookies have played 31 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. I know that the Who Dat Nation wants to see the Saints put up 45 points a game and run away with the division by October, however; times have changed.
Perhaps things were changing at the end of the 2013 season when the second defeat in Seattle occurred in the divisional round of the playoffs. In the offseason of 2013 the Saints signed players such as Jarius Byrd in an attempt to bolster the Saints secondary, however; that was not the case. The Saints would fail to make the postseason for the fourth time during the Sean Payton era in New Orleans. After the 2014 season, Sean Payton, and General Manager Mickey Loomis would start the retooling of an underachieving roster.
They would primarily focus on the defensive side of the ball by drafting talented linebackers Stephan Anthony and Hau’oli Kikaha in the first two rounds of the draft. Both players have had their moments this season, but they are improving in every game that they are playing in this year. The Saints offense has taken a hit as well, but they are starting to find their groove.
The Saints offense is not the offense of seasons past where you saw an Arial show on Monday Night Football. Those days are over for right now. Today’s Saints offense is comprised of a bunch of dink and dunk passes to Mark Ingram and Willie Snead. There have also been some rumblings among Saints fans on how the offense has performed, however; you cannot expect Drew Brees to work miracles with a roster full of inexperienced rookies.
Fans think that Drew Brees can play like Tom Brady in moments like this, but the reality is he just cannot do it. Tom Brady still has the best tight end in the league right now in Rob Gronkowski. Brady also has a plethora of talented players at his disposal such as Julian Edelman, LeGarrette Blount, and Danny Amendola. Not saying that Brees cannot achieve the same success that Brady is having right now, it will just take a little time.
Hopefully, the Who Dat Nation will start to realize that. Drew Brees is a top-five quarterback in the league when you surround him with players that are capable of stepping up to the plate when needed. Expect Brees and the Saints offense to be one of the best in the league as the season progresses. Right now the biggest thing for this young roster to accomplish is to play with a level of consistency in the rest of their games.
They cannot play like a team that is hungry for success in one game and underachieve in the next. The Saints next opponent is the Indianapolis Colts. From the looks of it, it is highly possible that the Saints can come out on top in this matchup. They must take advantage of going up against a 70 percent Andrew Luck. The Who Dat Nation needs to remain patient because, in the National Football League, things can change on a dime if you know what I mean.
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