Saints offense has plenty of room for improvement heading into 2024

As the New Orleans Saints prepare for the 2024 NFL season, the team’s offense will work on becoming an elite unit in today’s NFL.
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Last season was an odd year offensively for the New Orleans Saints. For starters, it was the team’s first year with Derek Carr. Having a new quarterback under center always makes for an interesting experience. Beyond that, the Saints averaged the 14th-most yards a game with 337.2, and the ninth-most points per game with 23.6. However, New Orleans was largely considered an underwhelming offense.

That had a lot to do with the unit being inconsistent, as well as the fact that the Saints couldn’t run the ball, and were bad in the red zone. In the end, New Orleans decided to move on from longtime offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., and decided to hire Klint Kubiak. Now with Kubiak, the Saints will have to establish themselves as an elite offense in the league.

Alex Ballentine, in a recent piece for Bleacher Report, ranked all 32 offenses now that teams have added rookies. New Orleans was ranked 24th, putting them near the bottom of the league.

Saints offense ranked 24th in NFL

Ballentine detailed New Orleans’ inconsistencies last season, and argued that the team is currently ranked 24th because “they didn't necessarily do anything to get worse, but they also didn't do much to improve.” Ballentine argued that other teams did far more to improve their personnel this offseason.

As for how the Saints could actually improve, Ballentine pointed to the run game. Pointing out that “the Saints were 31st in yards per carry (3.6)” last season, Ballentine said that New Orleans needs more out of the entire running back room.

All of the concerns that Ballentine brought up are fair. The Saints are hoping that new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak is the answer to all of those concerns. He was essentially the team’s key offensive acquisition this offseason. If he can deliver as expected, the Saints will have a great run game, and will return to being an elite offense.