Although the New Orleans Saints are still well within the playoff race in the NFC, fans have to be thinking ahead. These Saints aren't going to do anything special if they reach the postseason, and it's largely due to the fact that this offense is not operating at its full potential.
Dennis Allen has served his time in New Orleans and has been a respected man and coach, but the Saints ultimately have to move on and find a way to get themselves into the new era of football, especially with a quarterback like Derek Carr locked down.
The Saints have more than enough to score points with on offense, but they haven't been able to put it all together.
When (not if) Allen is let go, they should look at replacing him with one of these five candidates.
1. Eric Bieniemy, Offensive Coordinator, Washington Commanders
It seems like it has been quite a few years that Eric Bieniemy's name has come up when it comes to head coaching gigs, but he opted to take the offensive coordinator spot in Washington just to further prove his worth. After all, running an offense with Patrick Mahomes can't be that difficult, right?
Just ask Matt Nagy.
But, what Bieniemy has done in Washington this year is actually quite impressive. Sam Howell doesn't have what it takes to be a long-term, franchise quarterback. But, Bieniemy's offense has been pretty good, all things considered. The Commanders rank 10th in the league in passing with Howell at the helm, despite the youngster taking too many sacks and holding the ball far too long on a regular basis.
Thinking of what Bieniemy could do with a veteran like Carr and the weapons at his disposal is a tantalizing possibility.
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