The New Orleans Saints are already getting their first sign of disrespect. In an article from CBS Sports listing the playoff teams from 2020 most likely not to make it back to the postseason in 2021, the Saints, unfortunately, made the cut.
Jason La Canfora had this to say about why he included the Saints:
"Similar to the Steelers, only their aging QB opted to retire. Sean Payton will have some tricks up his sleeve, but this feels like a transition year for the team after it went so all in, for good reason, from a cash and cap standpoint in recent years. It ain’t easy to keep it going when a first-ballot HOF QB moves on. Ask Bill Belichick."
The loss of Drew Brees is certainly going to set the Saints back even if he was struggling mightily near the end of the 2020 season. While Jameis Winston is a former No. 1 overall pick, the Buccaneers moved on from him for a reason and that’s that they didn’t believe he could lead them to the promised land.
The New Orleans Saints are getting disrespected in playoff predictions.
This is something Saints fans will have to get used to hearing this offseason and it makes sense. Losing a Hall of Fame quarterback isn’t easy (as La Canfora mentions, ask the Patriots) and while New Orleans has a talented roster, it might not be enough to lift them to another NFC South title and playoff appearance.
Fortunately, there is an extra playoff spot now and that could work to the Saints’ advantage. Their schedule is favorable and they could definitely make it into the playoffs as the No. 7 seed, maybe even a No. 6 seed.
While people like La Canfora don’t believe in the Saints, the NFL clearly does when putting the schedule together, giving them five primetime games. They wouldn’t do that for a team they didn’t think would falter without their long-time quarterback.
It might be difficult for the Saints to win the division for the fifth straight year, but I’m not sure that I believe they’re not a playoff team in 2021. What do you think, Saints fans?