2016-2017 Saints Preview & NFL Future Lines
Looking for 2016 New Orleans Saints Predictions? We’ve got your back. The New Orleans Saints have a quarterback. There is no shortage of teams in the league that would love to have a quarterback, and have a lot of other pieces in place, but are held back by not having a quarterback. The Saints have one. But they also have incredible cap problems, and Brees’ $30 million cap hit this season is partly to blame.
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The $12.1 million of dead money counting against this year’s cap stemming from the release of Junior Galette for off-field issues doesn’t help either.
That’s really hurt the Saints in their efforts to improve a miserable defense that’s kept the team out of the conversation with the NFL’s elite teams for years.
The offense is there, the defense can’t quite keep up.
2016 Saints Roster Changes
Despite their cap troubles, the Saints figured out a way to give tight end Coby Fleener a five-year, $36 million deal to leave the Indianapolis Colts and come to the Superdome.
That money may have been better spent on improving the defense, but the idea of keeping the offense strong isn’t the worst.
They brought in some spare parts dumped off by other teams, like linebacker James Laurinaitis and defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Linebacker Craig Robertson isn’t a decent add, but he’s not a game-changer by any means.
Adding defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins at No. 12 could be a steal. Getting rid of cornerback Brandon Browner is addition by subtraction.
Veterans Marques Colston and Jahri Evans had seen their skills decline, but it’s still difficult to watch two key players from the Saints’ Super Bowl winning team leave.
2016 New Orleans Saints Predictions: Offense
After Ben Watson did it a year ago, a career season seems like a lock for Fleener, even in a deep group of pass-catchers that features Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, and rookie Michael Thomas.
Mark Ingram looked good as the feature back before getting hurt.
There’s no reason to think he can’t go back to being that kind of reliable rusher the team needs. He’s also a good option as a receiver out of the backfield.
On that subject, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of role last year’s offseason darling C.J. Spiller winds up with after totaling just 351 yards from scrimmage (80 of which came on one play) a year ago.
The quarterback position is certainly the Saints’ strength, but it’s unclear how much longer Brees can stay at the top of his game, or if this will be the season he begins to decline.
Brees will turn 38 years old in January – the same age John Elway, Joe Montana, Fran Tarkenton, and Steve Young all retired. A shoulder injury last season caused him some trouble for a while, but he overcame that and finished with a strong season.
In an era where the expiry date on quarterbacks is climbing, Brees seems like he’s got another few years left in him.
2016 New Orleans Saints Predictions: Defense
The Saints’ defense is terrible. Last season they allowed opposing signal callers to throw for a passer rating of 116.2 – the highest rating allowed in NFL history.
To put that in perspective, Peyton Manning’s passer rating the year he threw an NFL record 55 touchdowns was 115.1.
The Saints have finish last or second-to-last in total yards allowed three times in the last four years. In those two seasons they finished 28th and 32nd in scoring.
2016 New Orleans Saints Analysis:
For as good as the Saints’ offense looks at times, the defense can look far worse. The team did manage to win seven games a year ago, but that was against a cloud-soft schedule, and there were some uncharacteristic bad losses at home.
Seven wins would be an accomplishment this season.
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