By: Ryan Cooley
The New Orleans Saints have been one of the top tier teams the last couple of years with high Super Bowl aspirations. Many suspect them to be on the same path going into the 2019 season, but I am not so confident. The Saints got off to a scorching 10-1 start last season, then hit a wall in their week 13 game against the Cowboys. You could tell the Saints were not the same after that game. Brees began to fall off with a QB rating of 83.7 and Kamara fell under four YPC in the last four games they played in. Their offense as a whole could only muster 19 PPG the final five games.
While the Saints have done a solid job in free agency so far, it is nothing to brag about. Their biggest free agent signings were TE Jared Cook and RB Latavious Murray. Cook just came off his first pro bowl season but is turning 32 next month. Latavious Murray is a good back but is merely attempting to replace Mark Ingram who took his talents to Baltimore.
The Saints and their fans went ballistic over the no-call on the pass interference in the NFC Championship game. While yes, it was a horrendous no call by the ref, the Saints still had plenty of opportunities to win that game. Sean Payton and the Saints do not look as if they have gotten over it. Going into next season with that mentality can be very dangerous. We have seen many teams fall victim of not getting over a postseason heartbreak. The Seahawks “dynasty” crumbled after the goal line interception by Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl 49. The Falcons never recovered from blowing a 28-3 lead. So why should we believe the Saints will get over this?
The Saints moved up in last years draft to take promising DE Marcus Davenport. To do this, they gave up this year’s 1st round pick to the Packers. Davenport had a lot of potential and showed flashes of it last season but could not escape the injury bug. The Saints only have one pick in the first four rounds which is a horrible situation to be in.
With Brees another year older and looking shaky at the end of last season, the loss of Mark Ingram, not being able to get over the NFC Championship game, and the inability to get better/younger from having virtually no draft picks, the Saints bright future looks to be fading.