Protect the quarterback
The Saints were one of the best teams at protecting the quarterback last season. Despite a few injuries, the team’s offensive line was rock solid. Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead combined to be the league’s best tackle duo.
Both were among the league’s ten best tackles last season. On top of their elite tackles, the team had three-time Pro Bowl guard Larry Warford as well. They released Warford, saving about $8 million in cap space this offseason.
Andrus Peat was on the other side of the line and was given a huge new contract mainly due to his versatility. Despite being a two-time Pro Bowler, Peat didn’t have a great 2019 campaign.
First-year center Erik McCoy did though as he was just another player responsible for keeping Brees up.
Those five studs up front helped the Saints allowed just 1.6 sacks per game, the fourth-fewest in the NFL. They also gave Brees enough time to yet again take home the league’s highest completion percentage.