Saints: Last few weeks have been rough
By Kristen Wong
Aerospace engineer Edward Murphy is famous for saying, “Anything that can go wrong, will,” and that certainly feels like the case for the New Orleans Saints going into 2021.
The study of airplanes and football don’t exactly overlap, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to measure how much damage has been done in New Orleans so far.
The Michael Thomas explosion. Will Lutz’s recent injury news blast. P-Rob’s retirement missile that came out of nowhere.
And other micro-craters, mostly in the wide receiver room: Ty Montgomery being carted off the field on Wednesday, Tre’Quan Smith watching from the sidelines, and Deonte Harris awaiting his suspension (Onyemata already got his.)
As the Saints deal with the fallout from each of these events, it makes you wonder what there is to look forward to this season.
2021 has already brought more turbulence than arguably any other year in Saints’ history, mostly because Drew Brees hung up the black and gold for good.
In his place, Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are currently engaging in a dogfight to earn the starting quarterback role, but it’s a fight that’s better embodied as two chihuahuas yapping at each other rather than two prized hounds going at each other’s throats.
It’s a tough time to be a New Orleans Saints fan in 2021
As of Tuesday at training camp, Hill went 68-for-103 and recorded two touchdowns and three interceptions, and Winston went 83-for-118 and recorded three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Neither option makes you feel particularly confident in the Saints’ offense this season.
But this article isn’t meant to be a total downer, just a partial one.
For one sliver of shining light, the writers at Establish The Run ranked the Saints as having the best offensive line in the NFL.
"No team in the NFL drafts and develops O-linemen better than the Saints."
Damn right. With the tackle duo of Armstead and Ramczyk and an interior brick wall that would stop even Harry Potter from boarding the Hogwarts Express, New Orleans doesn’t have to worry about protecting the quarterback, they just have to worry about, er, the quarterback himself.
It’s a bizarre, Twilight zone-esque preseason for the Saints that could still see the roster shaken up by the time regular season begins. New Orleans continues the prowl for a corner, and currently, Michael Thomas and the Saints are trying to work toward a truce.
Or a surprise trade. In this climate, no one knows. We just hope the worst is over.