2014 Saints were supposed to be a whole lot better than they were. But we let go of 2 of the biggest leaders on defense. (Jenkins and Harper). The crapstorm started with jabari greer's career ending injury and we broke records for the number of starters were on IR for the year, early in the season. 2015 Saints were going to suck... we all saw it coming (though I never said it out loud because fans shouldn't), but we knew it. Junior Galette became an instant train-wreck (money goes to your head and there's nothing else in there, SMH). Soooo..... we become a virual expansion team on defense. Breaux, Swann, Anthony, Kikaha, Barnes, Richardson, Edibali, Gwacham, Davidson... There were definately some growing pains, but the fact is, they were ALL having growing pains at the same time. That's the reason, not an excuse. A team considered VERY YOUNG might start 3 or 4 rookies. Rookies surrounded by experienced players. Even if they aren't "good", their growing pains are their own and there's a journeyman lined up next to them to help take some of the heat off of them.
2016 Saints have all those 2nd year guys listed above, 2 medical redshirt draft picks from last year, 3 *star* starters drafted with the first 3 picks (#1 DT, #1 WR, #1 FS, and yes I consider Bell a starter), a 300 lb. project african/canadian Defensive end who's name I can't pronounce (Oneymata), a stud 3 Tech DT (Don't believe the crap-loids Fairley's very solid), an all-pro QB for our defense (Don't believe all the crap-loids, Laurinaitis is what we needed in the middle. He played last season with a full arm cast, couldn't bendn his are what-so-ever and still had 100 tackles), and a old/new Defensive coordinator.
Most importantly on defense, we're at least TWO DEEP at every position with not too much drop off from the starter to the back-up in most of those cases. Yeah, Robertson isn't Ray Lewis, but if Ellerbe goes down (like has been the norm since he got here), Our defense doesn't take much of a step back... that was just one example, There's more depth on defense than I've seen in a long long time. And as for our offense: All weapons are in place again for the first time in a long while. Sean Payton's offense requires 5 receivers (field stretcher, slot guy, possession/redzone guy, Seam stretcher TE, and a RB that catches well out of the backfield and can run screens. In other words (Henderson, Moore, Colston, Graham, Sproles/Thomas) Hmmm... (Cooks, Snead, Thomas, Fleener, Spiller/Cadet)
Again, I'm not saying Superbowl, just respectable again. Finally... Heck, with our 2016 schedule, 8-8 would be respectable, but I think we beat that by a game or two. And THAT's what happened to your Saints, the were rebuilt on the fly!!!
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coffeecups: Anyone here besides me and Sky?
Apr 27, 2017 8:34:33 GMT -6
coffeecups: I'm still lurking at the coming weather!
Apr 17, 2017 16:44:08 GMT -6
coffeecups: WOW! My patio was dry when I got home.
Apr 16, 2017 18:22:16 GMT -6
coffeecups: Came home to Harvey from Slidell. Had a little rain here and there. There was no rain in Slidell when I left at 3:30pm. While in NO EAST, I saw where it looked like it was storming around Covington going towards Slidell. Wet but no rain when I got home
Apr 16, 2017 18:21:07 GMT -6
coffeecups: I will eat some strawberries on my cruise in early May---just a few of course, as long as I stay away from my better half.
Apr 13, 2017 20:39:35 GMT -6
SKYSUMMIT: Yea, had a good bit of strawberries. Did NOT go to the fest though.
Apr 12, 2017 19:48:32 GMT -6
coffeecups: Sky, did you enjoy the strawberries?
Apr 12, 2017 18:43:30 GMT -6
SKYSUMMIT: yea, we're in a quiet lull right now
Apr 10, 2017 21:19:12 GMT -6
coffeecups: At least with the tropical forecast we have more to go on than fantasy.
Apr 9, 2017 18:00:26 GMT -6
coffeecups: Unfortunately for me, strawberries are a widower maker!
Apr 8, 2017 11:46:43 GMT -6
SKYSUMMIT: Man it's gonna be a nice weekend! If you're looking for something to do, head over to the Ponchatoula Strawberry Fest!
Apr 5, 2017 21:35:02 GMT -6
coffeecups: Are you getting like me?
Apr 5, 2017 11:08:26 GMT -6
wsmith0306: Can't believe I've never noticed this before. I must be getting old or blind. or both!
Apr 4, 2017 8:06:37 GMT -6
coffeecups: It felt cool this morning. Very nice weather!!!
Apr 4, 2017 7:13:20 GMT -6
coffeecups: Mary protected me again.
Apr 3, 2017 7:18:35 GMT -6