Are The New Orleans Saints Building A Super Bowl Contender?
The New Orleans Saints have made a lot of changes this off season. Insiders will tell you, NFL means "Not For Long." Head Coach Sean Payton, and General Manager Mickey Loomis share a philosophy of filling need via free agency, and looking for the best player available when it come their turn to draft.
"Our goal every year is to get the draft and be able to select the best player, the best fit for our team, regardless of position. I don't know that I would say that we've got no holes, but I feel like we've got a good team and we're going to draft the best player available to us that fits for our club." - Saints GM Mickey Loomis (AP)
The NFL draft begins Thursday night. Analysts are predicting they'll look for a wide receiver, a cornerback, or outside linebacker. Nobody's talking about pass protection. Drew Brees was sacked a career high 37 times in 2013.
The Saints have made early playoff exits 3 of the past 4 years at the hands of either San Francisco or Seattle. San Francisco played in Super Bowl XLVII. Seattle won Super Bowl XLVII. Both teams are young, physical, and play particularly tough defense. If the Black & Gold expect to make a Super Bowl run in 2014, they'll have to stand toe to toe with either San Francisco or Seattle in the playoffs. That means getting more physical, especially on offense.