The big question analysts have for the Saints about the 2024 season

The New Orleans Saints are preparing for the NFL Draft, and analysts have one major question for the team hoping to find its way back to the playoffs.
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The New Orleans Saints were 9-8 in 2023, which is the same record the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had. However, despite splitting the season series 1-1, Tampa Bay benefited from the tiebreaker procedure, winning the NFC South and going to the playoffs. The Saints, on the other hand, missed out on the postseason for a third year in a row.

Considering that New Orleans is in the NFC South, arguably the weakest division in the league, and was a win away from winning the division last season, it’s clear that they are close to reclaiming the division crown. However, the Saints needed to make the right moves this offseason to get over the hump.

New Orleans did make an offensive coordinator change, hiring Klint Kubiak, and also signed Chase Young, along with multiple depth signings. The Saints also still have the 2024 NFL Draft. A strong performance in the draft could set New Orleans up with a competent roster entering next season. Still, there will be one important question for the Saints to answer once the season starts.

Nick Shook, in a recent piece looking at every team’s offseason, listed a burning question for each franchise. For New Orleans, the question was, “Can the Saints find consistency after a tumultuous 2023 season?”

Can the Saints be consistent in 2024?

Shook pointed out that last season, New Orleans was one of the most frustrating operations because the team was “only reliable when it came to inconsistency.” However, Shook admitted that the team found their stride late in the season, but at that point, it was too late. If the Saints want to be better in 2024, they’ll have to find their stride early and maintain it throughout the year.

If New Orleans is unable to do that, head coach Dennis Allen will probably be fired, and Derek Carr, along with other high-paid veterans, could be on the move.