Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger (60) blocks during the first half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
2. Protection, protection, protection!
Look at what those Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch guys can do when they have the football in there hands. Why do you think that is? Their abilities are out of this world, but so is their guardianship behind one of the top offensive lines in the game.
Who anchored that offensive line? Pro Bowl center Max Unger, who was acquired by the Saints in the Jimmy Graham trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
This guy is solid people, and so are RG Jahri Evans and RT Zach Strief, who both happened to be nursing injuries for the better half of 2014. If they bounce back, Unger pulls through and Terron Armstead continues his emergence into the league as one of the most athletic tackles in the game, the Saints could see a 180 degree turnaround on the line.
Tim Lelito, who is the favorite but will be competing for the starting left guard spot is the only real question mark. However, getting back into his natural position after a short stint at center is very promising. Senio Kelemete and some incoming rookies will likely be contenders as well.
Forget the weapons, the defense and the running game. At 36-years-old, the most important thing for Drew Brees is his protection. Absent last year, that barrier will likely see some major improvement, allowing Brees more time to make the proper reads and accurate throws.
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