Is it football season yet? I’m sure we all wish that were true. However, we’re staring at a long offseason. Luckily, we have a few news items to bring you that may interest you.
New Orleans Saints | neworleanssaints.com | Saints Morning Break
Take a look at this one, as there’s a one on one with Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis. Also, there is an old familiar face that is riding with the Mardi Gras parades this year!
New Orleans Saints | neworleanssaints.com | Fact of the Day
After holding onto the ball for an average of only 28:36 per game in 2012, the New Orleans Saints’ 32:41 time of possession average in 2013 finished ranked second in the NFL, which was an important reason in the club’s 11-5 record in 2013 where they exceeded their win total of the previous season by four victories.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Scouting breakdown: Saints Offense
“But what worries me — two things worry me about this offense. First is their offensive line. (Right tackle Zach) Strief and (center Brian) de la Puente are free agents. And (guard) Jahri Evans is expensive. Could he be a cap casualty or a restructure guy? You know, (rookie Terron) Armstead looked good at left tackle. But if they’re tight on funds, that offensive line could be a problem area. And it showed some warts this past year for the first time in a while.
Again, the Saints are in a relatively scary spot. After such a dominant performance on defense, and another strong showing on offense, key pieces of those areas are sure to be lost. On the offense, we are all aware of the Jimmy Graham situation, and while he won’t go anywhere, we can’t say the same about the guys on the line.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Ranking Saints’ needs: No. 1, cornerback
Beyond Lewis, however, there are several question marks. Greer was also playing very well last year before he suffered a major knee injury in November that now leaves his future in doubt. I think Greer has been maybe the most underrated star of the Saints’ golden era since 2009, and I’d love to think he can come back for more quality seasons. But he’s in the midst of a significant rehab, he’s about to turn 32, and he’s due to make a lot of money for the cap-strapped Saints. So I think Greer would have to agree to a pay cut to get that opportunity. And even then, it’s unclear if he can get back close to 100 percent by the start of the season.
Mike completes his list, and it’s crazy to think that all of our pieces needed seem to be primarily defense. I don’t disagree with the high-ranking of the secondary, and as Triplett states, there’s a tremendous question mark of uncertainty there. After Keenan Lewis, right now the starting cornerback would be Corey White. Patrick Robinson and Jabari Greer are coming off of season ending injuries, and if you are happy bout Corey White being your #2 corner, I may have to beat you with a stick. I don’t doubt White’s ability, but you could clearly see how easily exposed White has been in the games where he has to step up.
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