The New Orleans Saints offensive line has been long heralded as one of the NFL’s best — both in run blocking and pass protection — but off-season changes were thought to usher in a new era of struggles.
Center Jonathan Goodwin departed in free agency after agreeing to a more lucrative contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Early in training camp the Saints then decided to part ways with one of the lines longest tenured players in right tackle Jon Stinchcomb.
Goodwin was replaced with crafty veteran Olin Kruetz, who spent the last thirteen seasons with the Chicago Bears. Kreutz departed Chicago after contract talks detoriated and he felt as if he was no longer in the teams long term plans.
Stinchcomb was replaced with backup tackle Zach Strief who beat out second-year tackle, and last seasons second round pick, Charles Brown in training camp for the starting spot.