5 keys to a successful New Orleans Saints offseason

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The New Orleans Saints are entering offseason mode after a disappointing year, but getting back on the right path could happen sooner rather than later.

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Jan 23, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis with head coach Sean Payton, Director of Player Personnel Ryan Pace and assistant head coach Joe Vitt scouting the Senior Bowl north squad practice a day after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (not pictured) reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton after his season long suspension. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Saints have a lot to think about as they enter offseason mode after a disappointing 2015 campaign.  From coaching to talent, to injuries and more, the season was filled with letdowns, paving the way for what should be an interesting evaluation process to begin the new year.

Who will stay?  Who will go?  Who is actually worth keeping around?  Can they even afford to make some noise in free agency?  Will they be as successful in the upcoming draft as they were last May?  All these questions (and some) currently surround the Saints, an organization that just turned in its third losing season in four years.

New Orleans’ passionate fan base is tired of losing.  And unfortunately, several things must be done in order for the Saints to be a legitimate threat in the NFL again.  It’s tough to do in one offseason, but it can be done.

We’ve seen it happen before — the 2005-2006 transition being a prime example.  Of course, we can’t forget about that time in 2008 New Orleans finished 8-8 and last in the NFC South and then went on to win the Super Bowl the following year.  This year’s Carolina Panthers team is another illustration.

A complete turnaround in one offseason is indeed a tall order, but history has proven it possible.  Will we see something similar to the 2006 and 2009 offseasons?  The team knows what it must do (hopefully).  With that being said, I give you five keys to a successful New Orleans Saints offseason.

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