Head Coach: Sean Payton
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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|New York Giants|
|at Washington Football Team|
|at Seattle Seahawks|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|at Tennessee Titans|
|at Philadelphia Eagles|
|at New York Jets|
|at Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|at Atlanta Falcons|
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