The New Orleans Saints are once again on one of Russell Wilson‘s lists, as the Seahawks quarterback has reportedly listed NOLA, the Giants, and the Broncos as the three teams he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause for.
When looking at these three teams, one thing immediately comes to mind — None of them are playoff teams. New Orleans has the best shot to make the playoffs of the three due to the weak NFC and their favorable schedule down the stretch but if you’ve seen their offense play, you’ll know why making the playoffs feels like an impossible task.
Each of these three teams has a clear advantage over the others when it comes to why Wilson would want to play for them. What is the Saints’ advantage over the Broncos and Giants? Well, that’s an easy one.
Saints have the coaching advantage in Russell Wilson sweepstakes
Sean Payton is one of the best coaches in the NFL and has proven it this year despite the team’s 5-7 record. He’s a tremendous play-caller with the right quarterback and would be able to set Wilson up to succeed in the best possible way.
In comparison, the Broncos have Vic Fangio as their head coach. Fangio is in year three at the helm in Denver and as of this writing has a record of 18-26. The Broncos defense has played well under Fangio, but the offense has been laughably bad and that’s saying something considering the weapons Denver has at its disposal.
Joe Judge is the Giants’ head coach and he’s 10-18 as of this writing. The offense has been a weakness for the G-Men and that’s not a good sign considering Judge’s background as a wide receivers coach. He’s not someone that will put Wilson in a position to succeed.
There’s a reason Wilson has continued to be linked to the Saints over the past year and it’s Sean Payton and the respect he has amongst the league. Yes, NOLA would need to add playmakers for Wilson to be at his best if he were to come to the Big Easy but if the Saints could pull this off, Wilson would be playing for one of the best head coaches in the entire league. That makes them appealing.