The Saints offense has been within the top 10 every year since Sean Payton has coached the team. Drew Brees missed five games in 2019 and they still ranked top three in scoring offense.
Can the Saints offense actually struggle?
The Saints have known to be an offense led by the combination of Drew Brees’ talent and Sean Payton’s brilliant play calling. The Saints offense showed that they can excel without Drew Brees in 2019, which unravels how much of a genius Sean Payton is for orchestrating that offense.
Taysom Hill dominated the playoff game when Brees struggled with pressure in his face all night. More importantly, the Saints offense had no problem riding with Teddy Bridgewater by going 5-0 in Brees’ absence.
Thankfully, the Saints have plans of a much better scenario in 2020.
On top of Brees maintaining his position as the starting quarterback, the Saints offense managed to get better on paper this offseason. Emmanuel Sanders will slot in as a great No. 2 receiver opposite Offensive Player of The Year, Michael Thomas, who continues to get better.
This offense is poised for a strong 2020 season, again. Well, what if injuries mount up, and/or Brees shows significant signs of depleted arm strength after several weeks?
Brees was magnificent last year in every phase. Even though Brees didn’t stretch the field in 2019, there shouldn’t be a reason to worry if he takes short, possibly shorter passes again this season.
Michael Thomas is the king at short routes, as we all know. On top of that, Emmanuel Sanders is a great route runner and a threat with the ball in his hands. What if one of these WRs goes down with an injury?
WR Deonte Harris might be the biggest sleeper for the Saints offense.
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He made the All-Pro team as a punt returner as an undrafted rookie, so that’s all you need to know about his talent. Harris can take jet sweeps, screens from Brees and possibly pass attempts from Taysom Hill on the deep throw again.
What if the QB situation unfolds fine, WRs stay steady, yet their Pro Bowl RB, Kamara, struggles with injuries again?
Well, we all saw that Murray is potentially better than an injured Kamara and he’s well capable of receiving the bulk of a load. Remember when Kamara was injured last year and the Saints went into a tough home environment in Chicago, without Brees and Kamara.
Well, Latavius Murray showed that he has the capability of being a No.1 RB by taking over that game with 150 total yards and two touchdowns.
On top of that, Payton knows that he can be creative with Taysom Hill’s QB direct snaps and read option to utilize his ability in the run game.
Then, of course, TE Jared Cook has fought nagging injuries and drawbacks. The Saints are absolutely loaded there with newcomer Adam Trautman, Josh Hill, and of course Taysom Hill who had seven receiving touchdowns in 2019.
All in all, it’s hard to predict the Saints offense crashing into a modest unit when they are far better than their offense in 2019. The team didn’t have Emmanuel Sanders and they carried an injured Alvin Kamara through three-quarters of the season.
The Saints are simply more stacked on offense than ever before and Sean Payton still knows how to utilize all of his players better than any seasoned coach in the league.