Last season ended with heartbreak for the New Orleans Saints and their fans. The Saints lost a divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, which could have brought the NFC Championship game to the Superdome. Even though this offseason has the Saints looking like sinners, this will not affect the Saints and their fan base in any way.
The biggest story outside of the alleged “bounty” scandal was the signing of franchise quarterback Drew Brees to a 5 year and $100 million contract, making him the highest paid player in NFL history for annual salary. This alone brings the Saints 10 wins. Since 2008, Brees has the most wins of any quarterback in the NFL from that year with 45 wins. Since 2006, he has more passing yards, touchdowns, completions, and attempts than any other quarterback within that time. As well as the records he broke last year were passing yards in a single season, completion percentage in a single season, and had the highest third down rating than any other quarterback.
The Saints haven’t been known for their defense since the Superbowl season and the Dome Patrol. This year the Saints revved up their defense, even with the suspensions of linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive lineman Will Smith. Their biggest addition came from linebacker Curtis Lofton. Not only is this a key grab for the Saints because he was 5th with total tackles last year but also because he was an Atlanta Falcon. The Saints also added more players like linebacker David Hawthorne, linebacker Chris Chamberlain, and defensive lineman Brodrick Bunkley. This defense is no doubt improved, especially with the addition of the new Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
The New Orleans Saints may have been surrounded by hate from the league with the supposed “bounty” scandal, but that definitely doesn’t hide the amazing talent that this team has. Expect the Saints to have a great season. Who Dat Nation, get your tickets now at Frontrow.com.Eric Drouant