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Saints change fortunes under Jeff Ireland

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 17: General Manager Jeff Ireland of the Miami Dolphins looks on while the team warms up prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers on November 17, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 17: General Manager Jeff Ireland of the Miami Dolphins looks on while the team warms up prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers on November 17, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /
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There’s a name Saints fans can associate with the team’s current winning ways. Payton and Brees are up there. But let’s talk about Jeff Ireland.

When the Saints reach the playoffs in the near future, many will look back for a turning point in our fortunes. Some will say the maturation of Mark Ingram and the wily play of Kenny Vacarro are critical. Yes. Some will look at the development of Cam Jordan into an All-Pro caliber player as the difference. Yes again. But if you are truly looking for the real turning point, you’ll have to look off the field in the Saints offices. The change is Jeff Ireland.

The difference is stark and simply amazing, and the primary reason the Saints have returned to relevance in the NFL.

A history lesson

First a history lesson. Tavon Rooks. Ronald Powell. Ring any bells? Vinnie Sunseri. Khairi Fortt. Getting warmer. Stanley Jean-Baptiste. You’re on it now. If we add in Brandin Cooks, it’s a giveaway. Which is exactly what our New Orleans Saints 2014 draft class ended up being – a giveaway. The book is closed on the 2014 Saints draft class when Cooks was traded in April. Not a single player remains on the roster from that dismal draft.

The 2014 Saints draft is remembered as the class that wasn’t. Not only are none of the players from that draft still on the Saints roster, only one of the six is on ANY active NFL roster.

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