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Head Coach: Sean Payton

2020

Record: 12-4

The Saints were pretty much what was expected in 2020… double digit wins, good team, but not a real Super Bowl threat. It would have been nice for Drew Brees to pull a Peyton Manning, win a ring, and ride off into the sunset, but there was that damn Tom Brady stealing dreams again. There were positives, though… They know they can win without Brees and Michael Thomas, and Alvin Kamara showed he’s at least in the conversation for best RB in the NFL.

2021

2021 Draft Picks

1-28 DE Peyton Turner, Houston

2-60 LB Pete Werner, Ohio State

3-76 DB Paulson Adebo, Stanford

4-133 QB Ian Book, Notre Dame

6 T Landon Young, Kentucky

7-255 WR Kawaan Baker, South Alabama

The Saints only wound up with a few picks, but they made the most of what they had. They could have used a receiver earlier, but the one pick no one is talking about… Ian Book. Undersized, good decision maker, tough, used to big time competition… sounds a lot like a guy who used to play for the Saints…. Drew something or other.

Key Losses

Drew Brees – QB (retired)

Emmanuel Sanders – WR (to Bills)

Jared Cook – TE (to Chargers)

Trey Hendrickson- DE (to Bengals)

Janoris Jenkins- CB (to Titans)

Sheldon Rankins DT (to Jets)

Brees will be missed, but if we’re being honest he was a fading version of himself… it was time. Sanders was the #2, but more by default. Cook will be missed as well, but Adam Troutman should put up similar numbers. The 3 defensive players lost will hurt more, but none are irreplaceable.

Key Pick Ups

Nick Vannett – TE (from Broncos)

Chris Hogan – WR (from Jets)

Both will be solid role players.

Offense

Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael

2020 Points Scored: 482 (5th)

No one knows for sure who’s going to replace Brees, although conventional wisdom… and a look at the players who will be catching passes from one of them… would indicate Winston is the better choice. What is known is this… the line might be the best in the NFL, as is RB Alvin Kamara. Weather Michael Thomas ends up playing or not, there are weapons everywhere.

Defense

Defensive Coordinator: Dennis Allen

2020 Points Allowed: 337 (5th)

While there were some departures that will be felt, this should still be a top 10 D. The offense will probbly not be nearly as efficient, so they won’t have the benefit of opponents starting with a long field as often, but this unit should still be good enough to hold things up early while the offense is finding it”s new identity…. the only top tier offense they face in the first 5 games is Green Bay.

Special Teams

Will Lutz will return to do the kicking, but beyond that everything else is up for grabs.

If Things Go Well

There will be growing pains for the Saints, but if the Offense settles in early the weapons are there for at least a playoff spot.

If They Don’t

If the QB situation is a mess… which is a legit possibility with either Hill or Winston, and the D takes a bigger step back than expected… also conceivable… it could be a long year in the big easy.

Prediction

The D should be fine, and you can’t ignore the best line and one of the best RBs in the league; if whichever QB lands under center struggles, a methodical, ball control, field position based team could emerge from this. Not a formula for a deep playoff run in today’s NFL, but the Saints won”t suck in 2021.

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Date Opponent
Sunday
Sep. 12
Green Bay Packers
Sunday
Sep. 19
at Carolina Panthers
Sunday
Sep. 26
at New England Patriots
Sunday
Oct. 3
New York Giants
Sunday
Oct. 10
at Washington Football Team
Sunday
Oct. 17
BYE
Monday
Oct. 25
at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday
Oct. 31
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday
Nov. 7
Atlanta Falcons
Sunday
Nov. 14
at Tennessee Titans
Sunday
Nov. 21
at Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday
Nov. 25
Buffalo Bills
Thursday
Dec. 2
Dallas Cowboys
Sunday
Dec. 12
at New York Jets
Sunday
Dec. 19
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Monday
Dec. 27
Miami Dolphins
Sunday
Jan. 2
Carolina Panthers
Sunday
Jan. 9
at Atlanta Falcons

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