Finally the nutty professor’s over at EA sports produced a roster and ratings update to Madden 11, their first since week 15.
In the last update several Saints players had their rating increased including Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Malcolm Jenkins.
At the time the team was enjoying a nice win streak and all signs pointed to another successful season and post season berth.
We know now they would indeed make the playoffs, just exit early with a disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
For Saints fans however the latest update gives them a chance to take the Saints and use them to repeatedly smash the Seahawks into oblivion in the digital world, perhaps quelling some of the rage inside.
Linebacker Kawika Mitchell was moved to number two on the depth chart at right outside linebacker. Also Stanely Arnoux was moved to number three.
Running back Chris Ivory, whom the Saints placed on injured reserve roughly two weeks ago, was moved to the number three back on the roster. Apparently EA has yet to get caught completely up with the teams changes.
Drew Brees rating was decreased from 97 to 96 overall as was Tracy Porter’s who went from 85 to 83 overall.
Brees did not have his best season throwing a career high 22 interceptions and it was this fact that most likely prompted his decrease.
However Porter’s decrease is somewhat puzzling considering his play never really did drop off towards the end of the season as did some of the other players.
Overall the pass defense did struggle at times but if anyone in the secondary deserved a decrease you would have to say it’s Jabari Greer who was getting beat consistenly the last quarter of the season.
Safety Chris Reis, corner back Randall Gay and reciever Adrian Arrington were all added back to the active roster, Arrington even received a rating increase from 53 to 57 overall, but that still makes him useless in the “Madden world.”
The Saints team rating was decreased from 88 to 87 overall after the unexpected loss to the Seahawks. Conversely Seattle saw a huge rating increase from 75 to 81 overall after beating the champs.