New Orleans Saints positional previews: Offensive Line
We wrap up our New Orleans Saints positional preview for the offense, as we look at the beefy offensive line.
The team’s front line didn’t have the best success in 2015, as quarterback Drew Brees was sacked 31 times. For perspective, Brees came in slightly above his 2014 total (29), but less than his 2013 number (37).
Pro Football Focus ranked the Saints’ offensive line as their No. 3 unit last year, finishing at 9th in pass-blocking and 2nd in run-blocking. However, are those stats misleading? After all, the team’s rushing attack ranked 24th in the NFL after putting up just 1,491 yards on the ground (93.2 yards per game).
No matter how you slice it, the offensive line is one of the biggest scapegoats in football. Quite simply put, the demand is always there for improvements to be made so that the whole unit plays better. Heading into 2016, it’s safe to say the Saints have some big pieces that could help rekindle some familiar chemistry that has been lost over the past decade.
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