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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The 2013 season marked a return to the playoffs for the New Orleans Saints after a season lost to the suspension of Head Coach Sean Payton and one of the worst defensive seasons in NFL history. Upon his return, Coach ...

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Old 09-03-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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The 2013 season marked a return to the playoffs for the New Orleans Saints after a season lost to the suspension of Head Coach Sean Payton and one of the worst defensive seasons in NFL history. Upon his return, Coach Payton’s first move was to hire Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan. Ryan quickly revitalized the defense, providing quarterback Drew Brees much-needed support and allowing the Saints to get out to a fast start. Even though they struggled down the stretch and eventually lost their division lead, the Saints qualified for the final Wild Card spot and captured the franchise’s first ever road playoff victory.

The 2014 Saints will be looking to build off of last season’s success and are hoping to enjoy an even deeper playoff run. Let’s take a look at the factors that will determine how successful the team will be in their quest to claim the franchise’s second Lombardi Trophy.

Five Reasons for Confidence

1. Improved Blind Side Protection

Charles Brown started last season at left tackle and had a rough run, grading -18.9 in pass blocking while surrendering seven sacks, nine QB hits, and 33 pressures before being replaced halfway through his Week 15 performance against Robert Quinn and the St. Louis Rams. Rookie Terron Armstead took over protecting Brees’ blind side the following week. Despite struggling in his first start, Armstead quickly settled into his new role and posted positive scores in his final three games—including two playoff games—and solidified the offensive line. If Armstead can continue what was shown in that small sample, Brees should reap the benefits of improved pass protection this season.

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Old 09-03-2014, 03:30 PM   #2
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Re: PFF 2014 Preview: New Orleans Saints

I think Armstead replacing Charles Brown will make the biggest single difference in our offense this year.

Hopefully, we'll stay healthy all along the oline this year. I think the Saints starters can play with anybody. The 2nd string, not so much.
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We have depth except where we need it at T,G, CB, and LB'er.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:51 PM   #4
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Cornerback IS a concern. Let's hope P-Rob lives up to his promise.
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:40 PM   #5
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PRob is the crucial piece to a dominate secondary.
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