In Saints news, rookie wide receiver Chris Olave was not included in the Offensive Rookie of the Year nominees for the 2022 season. Also in Saints news, co-defensive coordinator Kris Richard has another team interested in his services.
Olave, the No. 11 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, became the Saints' go-to weapon during his rookie season. At one time, it felt as though the Ohio State rookie would be a shoo-in to win the prestigious OROTY award but he's not even nominated, which is BS.
The other finalists are Brock Purdy, Kenneth Walker III, and Garrett Wilson. Purdy is the only quarterback worth mentioning but the battle should come down between Walker and Wilson.
As for Richard, he spent this season as the co-defensive coordinator with Ryan Nielson. The unit had its bright spots for sure but the run defense really fell off a cliff. The Dolphins have reached out to Richard for an interview and it wouldn't be surprising if he departed to be the only defensive coordinator on a team.
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Chris Olave snubbed from AP Rookie of the Year nominations [Carson Caulfield, Canal Street Chronicles]
"Olave recorded 1,042 yards this season in 15 games - second most amongst rookie receivers. Wilson recorded 1,103 yards through 17 games - the most amongst rookie receivers. However, Olave finished the year with 69.5 yards per game compared to Wilson’s 64.9. Both Olave and Wilson recorded four touchdowns."- From Caulfield's article
Olave was one of the few bright spots on the Saints' roster and it's baffling that he wasn't a finalist for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Maybe had Purdy not led the 49ers to a division title and done what he did as Mr. Irrelevant, Olave could have made the cut, but alas.
Dolphins request interview with Saints' co-defensive coordinator Kris Richard [John Sigler, Saints Wire]
"Richard has been a full-time coordinator before with the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys, and he’s been overqualified for the role in New Orleans for some time. He recently met with the Carolina Panthers about their defensive coordinator vacancy and it feels like only a matter of time before he moves on to bigger responsibilities."- From Sigler's article
Saints fans knew that eventually this day would come and that Richard would find a team where he could be the only defensive coordinator on the team. He deserves that opportunity. Miami would be a good fit for him.
Another team could join mix for Sean Payton if they get 'their ducks in a row,' report says [Patrick Magee, NOLA.com]
I feel like I'm watching a soap opera with all of this Sean Payton stuff.