Yes, I'm a fan of Pro Football Focus. I think on the whole they do a good job, although I don't always agree with them. Over the next few days I'll be posting their grades for the 2013 season as the final part of our evaluation process before we really start looking forward. There's a good chance some news could come soon, too, like over the next couple weeks... between Jimmy Graham possibly getting franchised, Will Smith getting cut, Roman Harper maybe too, and the NFL Combine. Anyway, today we'll look at how the Saints fared offensively compared to each other and the rest of the league:no comments
I've had a chance the last week to really look at what's out there and I was able to come up with five players that I think could be a good fit in New Orleans. The Saints are currently about $15 million over the cap, but they can get just under by cutting Will Smith and Roman Harper. Even if they do that, though, they still have to sign Jimmy Graham to a long term deal, they still need to sign free agents and they still need to sign their draft picks. Translation: massaging the cap won't be easy and the Saints will need to be smart. Don't expect them to break the bank on a top tier free agent. They will look for talent but they will also look for fair prices. Keep in mind the needs will also depend on what they lose. For example, the signature of Ben Grubbs came directly following the loss of Carl Nicks, and the loss of someone like Zach Strief, Brian de la Puente or Malcolm Jenkins could exact a similar immediate response. Since we currently don't know what the losses will be, though, here's five guys the Saints could target:no comments
Now that I've talked a bit about who the Saints need to worrying about re-signing, or not, it's good to also take a look at what is out there to improve the roster. Free agency officially begins on March 11th, so we've got a little over a month for action to start. Between now and then, teams can place the franchise tag on players starting on February 17th and the NFL Combine will be happening on February 19th. NFL Trade Rumors has produced a nice top 100 NFL Free Agent list to keep you current on who is out there.
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With the season mercifully over we can now focus on the offseason in earnest. I have to say quickly that it became clear the Seahawks' defense was probably the best since the Ravens in their prime at the very least. Maybe one of the best ever. That's not to slight Marshawn Lynch or Russell Wilson in any way, as they're both great players, but honestly that team could have won the Super Bowl with much less on offense. That unit barely needed to do anything in so many games this year, just not turn the ball over. Hopefully the success will force major contracts to Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman which will deplete the talent they have on the roster and make it challenging to retain such quality depth. As it stands, I think it will be difficult for the Saints to get better than the Seahawks in terms of talent, but each year is different and nothing is given. The good news is the Saints, like the Seahawks, are very young. Before the Saints can improve, though, they first have to hold on to their own key parts. Here are the players looking for new contracts in order of importance:
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Hey guys, it's been a while. I have been caught up doing other things in my own life to find time to write anything that has some kind of substance. Maybe this is sour grapes, but after the brutal loss to the Seahawks; I was thinking about how much different Drew Brees is on the road rather than at home in the Dome. This thinking begs the question that I have been pondering for a while now: "When will it be time to draft the future QB to replace Brees?"no comments
Saints history was made this season when the team went into Philadelphia and won their first ever road playoff game. Because of the historical component and what it meant to a lifelong fan like me, who was constantly told by the older generation that the Saints would never amount to anything ever, this measly 32 yard field goal was just massive. Sure the Saints have been on to bigger and better things than this win when you consider 2009, but this was a milestone that still needed to be reached. Shayne Graham had barely been with the Saints a month and he was called on to kick what would be my #1 play of the Saints' 2013 season. The make sent the Saints to Seattle, but it meant so much more than that. It told the national media that this team had the stones to go on the road, in the cold, and grind out a playoff win. Enjoy what I consider the Saints' top play this season:
You could make a really strong argument for this moment being deserving of the #1 play of the season. To sweep the Falcons and do this to them IN THEIR OWN STADIUM is justification enough for Jimmy Graham getting whatever contract he asks for. And if you ask some people (ahem, Marijn) this was completely intentional. I have one that tops, and you can probably guess what that is. Still, this is not only my favorite moment of 2013 but one of my favorite as a Saints fan ever. Here it is:
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One of the biggest wins of the season was a 23-20 home prime time victory over a very good 49ers team that was NFC Champions in 2012 and was close to getting to the Super Bowl this season too. This call is one that will forever be remembered and it was critical as it kept the Saints in the game, allowed them to tie, and eventually win. If this call goes the other way the Saints almost assuredly would have lost. Almost all 49ers fans near and far whined for weeks about this loss, and still do. The man responsible for the hit, Ahmad Brooks, would be fined severely before having the fine revoked on appeal. Hard to know where one should stand on the call, it seems to me the flag is within the framework of the rules but we've seen other examples where the same hit hasn't been flagged. The highlight below starts with the famous hit, and then shows the rest of the game which is absolutely worth watching too... *spoiler alert* it ends in glory.
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I had a feeling that the 2013 would be special right from the very start, in week one at home against the Atlanta Falcons. That game could not have ended in a more exciting way and being there in person to experience it was a lifetime moment as a fan. To come back from the bounty gate season and knock off the previously 13-3 NFL South champs was special. The fact that it was the bitter rival Falcons made it even better. Kenny Vaccaro made a statement for what was to come making a play on the ball on a pass to Tony Gonzalez that led to the Roman Harper interception. A statement win right at the start of the season to give people a sign of what was to come. Below is highlights from the entire game and the big play comes right at the 11:15 mark.
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