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NFL Report Card: New Orleans Saints

 

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Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!

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The Saints were not expected to be good this season, so they didn’t underachieve. The offense did what they could to help the team finish the season with a 7-9 record. Many said Drew Brees had an “off year” this past season. If an “off year” is 4,870 yards with 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, I think Saints fans will take it! After trading away Jimmy Graham, many wondered where those touchdowns would go. Receiversdfg Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead combined for 2,122 yards and 12 touchdowns, while tight end Ben Watson has a breakout year with 825 yards and six touchdowns.  Mark Ingram was putting together a solid year as the lone running back before he went down hurt after 12 games. This team didn’t finish with the best record, but they were still the number-two offense in the league with an average of 403.8 yards per game.

Rob Ryan’s defense was bad, shocker! They were easily the worst defense in the NFL this season. They gave up 413.8 yards and a league-worst 29.8 per game! No analysis here, they were just lucky to have Drew Brees on offense.

Final Grade: C-

 

Biggest Off-Season Need?

new-orleans-saints-preseason2The Saints have made a few off-season moves so far. First, they signed kicker Josh Scobee…yikes. After that mistake, they signed tight end Coby Fleener after Ben Watson went to the Ravens. This is a great move for this offense, and this should allow them to be a bit more creative with the play-calling. Their other big moves were to sign defensive tackle Nick Fairley and linebacker James Laurinaitis. This was definitely needed, but now they need to bring in some more talent around them. The Saints desperately need help at cornerback. It’s pretty much a wasteland right now, so anybody they bring in is guaranteed playing time.

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