NFL Football – Changing Saints

by on March 16, 2015 updated March 16, 2015

 

Saints Changes Indicate Whole New Look

 

The New Orleans Saints underwent a watershed year of sorts in 2014, the kind of season that makes you undergo a lot of soul searching and honest self-appraisal. Obviously, from the moves New Orleans is making for the upcoming 2015 NFL season, some of that soul searching resulted in a serious change of philosophy. The New Orleans Saints will be a different team from the one that suffered a 7-9 season after being pegged as a Super Bowl contender.

Take a look at what’s happened so far.

Jimmy Graham is gone to Seattle – New Orleans signed Graham to a major contract last season and shipped him off this year to Seattle in exchange for a #1 pick and center Max Unger. This tells us a few things. To begin with, it tells us that New Orleans is committed to change. One of those changes may be more concentration on running the ball behind a better offensive line and in turn giving Drew Brees more time when he is called upon to throw the ball.

 Kenny Stills for Daniel Ellerbe and a draft pick – The fact that the Saints defense was terrible has a lot to do with the 7-9 record. Obviously, that aspect of the team has to improve. the NFL is no place for lousy defense no matter how good your offense may be. The Saints linebackers were eating up cap space and giving up points.

Veterans are being cut – The Saints released outright Pierre Thomas, a long time and very productive Saints running back. Curtis Lofton is gone, along with guard Ben Grubbs.

What does this tell us?

The New Orleans Saints are committed to making wholesale changes for the 2015 NFL season and anything is possible. There’s an obvious youth movement underway and quite possibly a change in offensive style, namely more emphasis on the running game with mark Ingram, who was signed to a four year deal after finally producing a good season. Look for the New Orleans Saints to make some moves in the draft of defense and for those drafted players, whether offense or defense, to be on the field and playing in 2015. On defense especially, the Saints will either produce or 2016 won’t be pretty in this franchise.

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