Sure, it was only the preseason and you can say that the games don’t matter, but that doesn’t change the fact that the New Orleans Saints played a great preseason. There are obviously still a lot of issues surrounding the team, but they are no stranger to adversity — see last season.
With the return of Sean Payton, the Saints finished 3-1 in the preseason, a feat that has not been done since the 2009 preseason. Interesting fact: 2009 happens to be the season the Saints won the Super Bowl. Coincidence? Maybe.
Just because the Saints finished 3-1 does not necessarily mean that they are Super Bowl-bound, but it definitely is reassuring since the team finished with a mediocre 7-9 record last season. The Saints are yet again going through dramatic change, but with Payton back, there is a lot to be excited about.
The Saints have been hit with a rash of injuries, particularly on the defensive side. These injuries will make new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s job even more difficult as the defense moves to a 3-4 scheme.
The Saints’ defense will be the biggest question mark for the team and from the looks of things right now, it does not appear they will improve much, but I hope I’m wrong.
The Saints offense will continue to be a juggernaut as Drew Brees is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and has a plethora of receivers to throw to. Also, if the Saints establish their ground game this season the offense will be much more balanced and much more deadly.
The Saints are sure to be in some more shootouts this season, and Brees and the offense will have to carry the load most of the time. However, if the Saints defense can make a few plays every game, then it will definitely take the pressure off of the offense.
If the preseason is a sign of things to come, I think the Saints arrow is pointing up and they could definitely make some noise in the NFC. Look out for the Saints as they seem to be under the radar, but don’t be surprised if they win they retain their NFC South dominance.