Three improvements the New Orleans Saints must make to win again

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Jun 14, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen during the first day of minicamp sessions at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen during the first day of minicamp sessions at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 14, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen instructs as linebacker Jame Laurinitis (53) and safety Alden Darby (42) look on during the first day of minicamp sessions at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen instructs as linebacker Jame Laurinitis (53) and safety Alden Darby (42) look on during the first day of minicamp sessions at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

If you’ve watched the New Orleans Saints for the past decade, then you likely understand how things can rapidly unfold or click at the drop of a hat.

It’s always bothered me that be it the NBA or the NFL, winning and losing is always laid at the feet of the stars, and in the NFL in particular it’s always the quarterbacks who receive the Lion’s share of the blame and the acclaim. The issue with that is that no matter how GREAT the quarterback may be, if they don’t have a solid team around them, they will not win. There is no team and no fan base that understands this truth more than those of us who root for the New Orleans Saints.

While the Saints have employed one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game in the twilight of his prime the last two seasons, the team has still failed to crack .500 football. This is the simplest way to disprove such a simple-minded narrative as “quarterbacks = wins“. However, if the quarterback isn’t the end all be all of football and it is in fact a team game, then what changes do the Saints actually need to make to become winners once again?

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