When former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton announced that he was retiring, many fans were worried about how this will affect the team’s future. The team promoted defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to head coach, and boy has he delivered.
Allen has made all the right moves and replacements for this team. His offseason has been amazing.
As much as I love Sean Payton, these are not the type of moves he would make. Very rarely did the Saints go out and get big-name free agents during the Sean Payton era.
The team first made one of the best value signings of this offseason bringing in Jets safety Marcus Maye on a three-year 28.5 million dollar deal. Maye has been a terrific safety, just not in the spotlight due to the Jet’s poor play. 2021 was a lackluster season for the safety due to injury, but 2020 was a whole different ball game.
Maye was fantastic, proving he can do it all, racking up 88 tackles, 11 pass deflections, and a PFF grade of 82.9. He’ll look to recover from his injury and rebound this upcoming season with the Saints.
Allen then swooped in and grabbed the Louisanna native Tyrann Mathieu, who has been an elite safety for the past five to seven years while racking up three Pro Bowls, three All-Pros, and a Super Bowl for Kansas City. One of the most fun and outspoken players in the league, Mathieu backs it all up on the field. He was a staple of the Kansas City defense.
Some fans and analysts weren’t a fan of the Saints draft, but one thing is for sure, they got a stud in Chris Olave. The Ohio State product will look be an immediate impact on this offense. Fans have been begging the team for years to draft a wide receiver in the first round. This year, Allen delivered.
Allen also made a huge splash by signing veteran wide receiver Jarvis Landry. With five Pro Bowls and multiple 1,000-yard seasons, Landry has established himself as one of the better receivers in this league. Also, a Louisiana native, Landry is back home and ready to be that pairing next to Michael Thomas. Which we know the Saints have been lacking.
Dennis Allen has done a hell of a job this offseason.
With the additions of Olave and Landry, the Saints went from one of the worse receiving cores to one of the most promising ones in the league.
The Dennis Allen era seems to be off to a great start. He deserves a lot of praise for how this offseason has gone. He’s signed big-name free agent after big-name free agent. Saints fans have a lot to be excited about for this upcoming season and the future.
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If this is the beginning of what Allen has to offer, Saints fans might be in for a good time.
All stats are courtesy of Pro Football Reference.