State of The Roster
A major reason why the Saints did not Brees to be a big-play machine was the state of their roster- they were loaded at all key areas.
Whether it was a group of weapons headlined by Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Alvin Kamara, and Jared Cook, a stable offensive line, or an above-average defense, New Orleans didn’t have many roster flaws. That is about the change.
Currently, they are about -$90 million or so against the cap, which means a lot of roster turnover is coming.
Sanders, Cook, Janoris Jenkins, Trey Hendrickson, and Marcus Williams are among the many players that are likely to not be with the team next season. Star receiver Michael Thomas and cornerback Marshon Lattimore could be traded as well.
Without as much roster depth, New Orleans won’t be able to have the continuity and ability to adapt to injuries as they have in the past.
This is particularly true considering they also will have to replace multiple members of the coaching staff, in addition to their front office. In other words, they no longer can rely on being a complete team.
With that being said, they need a quarterback who can cover their warts. A pocket passer without big playability won’t do that, but one who can win a track meet, put less pressure on the offensive line, and can rely less on yardage after the catch can.