4 scapegoats if things go wrong for the Saints in 2022

Leigh Oleszczak
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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What happens if the New Orleans Saints totally bomb in the 2022 regular season? Who would fans be the angriest with? 

While fans are optimistic that the 2022 season will be kinder to the New Orleans Saints than last season was, it’s not a guarantee that this team ends up doing better than it did in 2021. They won nine games last year despite all of the obstacles thrown their way and narrowly missed out on the playoffs.

The Saints had an eventful offseason this year, losing Sean Payton to retirement (though we’ll see how long that lasts) and hiring Dennis Allen to take his place. Allen hasn’t been a head coach since 2014 when he was with the Raiders and was let go early into the season.

New Orleans tried to land Deshaun Watson in a trade but thankfully they were outbid by the Browns. That led to them reuniting with Jameis Winston, who hopefully can bounce back from his ACL injury a season ago.

The Saints also added Jarvis Landry and Tyrann Mathieu in free agency, which should make their team stronger as well.

While it feels as though the team should be better this year, who will the fans blame if things don’t go well for the black and gold?

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New Orleans Saints Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

4. Mickey Loomis

It’s only natural that the general manager gets some flack if the team is struggling and it’s no different here. Mickey Loomis is a cap wizard and that’s definitely something that has worked in his favor in recent years.

Despite the Saints sitting in cap hell at the start of the offseason, Loomis worked his magic and got the team not only above the cap but was able to make moves with the money they did suddenly have at their disposal.

That being said, if the Saints don’t play well and end up as one of the less impressive teams, they won’t have the luxury of an early first-round pick. New Orleans traded their 2023 first-rounder in order to add an additional first-round pick in this year’s draft.

So, yeah, if the Saints play poorly and could have had a top 10 pick were it not for that trade, fans would probably be pretty peeved at Mickey Loomis.

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