The New Orleans Saints are still afloat despite the riverboat feeling like it's sinking. If they want to turn it around, here is what the Saints must focus on.
Games are won and lost in the trenches. As far as that lesson goes, the New Orleans Saints have been students of the school of hard knocks so far in 2023. As an aside, imagine how much worse this would be had the Saints been the team to be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks this offseason. Yikes.
Anyway, this offensive line needs to be addressed. We were willing to chalk it up to rust and early season jitters out the gate but enough is enough. This is a mix of veterans and former first-round picks, getting paid big bucks at that, and it hasn't lived up to it.
Has Derek Carr been perfect? Has Dennis Allen? No, and far from it. That said, it's hard to get anything going when your quarterback is constantly running for his life, gets himself injured as a result, and when he does have some semblance of time, misses throws due to being consistently rattled in the pocket.
While it's also true that changes need to be made, such as actually drafting a quarterback in the first round and getting a new staff not tied to Sean Payton (these aren't knocks on Carr and Allen just what's needed to change the culture and prepare for the future), the offensive line has to be the top priority for this team.
You can rebuild and retool the line without tearing down the talent of the roster, and as we know if there's one thing this front office hates it's tearing down for a rebuild. If you can sure up the foundation of the offensive line, then drop the new coach and quarterback (or whoever it may be) in with that group, it almost gives you a head start and gets you off on the right foot.
A lot has to get done for the New Orleans Saints, they need to start with the hogmollies up front more than anything and take a page out of the Philadelphia Eagles book.