New Orleans Saints need more solid offensive performance

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after winning a game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 30, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 25-20. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after winning a game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 30, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 25-20. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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The 2016 Season

This past season was tough. There were many defensive breakdowns and we absolutely lost some games we should have won. Defensively, the Saints were again one of the 5 worst teams in the league defensively. They ranked second to last in points allowed and dead last in passing yards allowed – ironic because we were first in offensive passing yards gained.

So why is this article on the offensive issues? This team has an identity, established long ago – we score a lot of points. We give our defenses the charge of making one or two big stops per game, and we win.

Take the ball away and give this prolific offense another shot at scoring. Defensively, we’re getting fewer stops so it’s much more important for the offense to control the ball and the clock. Last year we did neither very well. That’s problematic, and it came to pass that this cost us big in several games. The NFL is often a league of close games and untimely turnovers and lack of offense was as much to blame as lack of defense.

The Saints played 7 games last season in which they failed to score more than 25 points. For this franchise that is both unheard of and dangerous. Most troubling is in those 7 games, they went 1-6 and had 15 giveaways. 15 turnovers in 7 games is losing football, no matter how prolific your offense is.

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