With the season officially over, I've included below all the player GPAs for the season in order of best to worst. I will be announcing my player awards for the season soon, but before I do that you'll get a good sense of who will win what based on these final grades. The GPAs were much better than last year across the board, you'll see the difference between an 11-5 team and a 7-9 team below. Of the 35 players that were graded both this year and last, 20 had better grades, one had the same, and 14 were worse. The biggest jumps from 2012 were Jimmy Graham (+0.64) and David Hawthorne (+0.56). The biggest drop offs were Lance Moore (-0.70) and Ben Grubbs (-0.39). Charles Brown had a huge drop too, but I don't include him because his grade last season was a non qualifier. To qualify you need a minimum of 4 games graded. I also included 2012 grades for comparison sake. Here are the final regular season grades for all graded players:no comments
Well this is it folks, the very last grades of the season. It's been fun. Many thanks to those of you who had nice things to say about this feature, I'm always looking for ways to improve it and I'll continue to refine it. The offseason is always a fun time to take a break from it, though, I have to admit. It's funny that the defense played so well despite not really stopping Marshawn Lynch at all, who had 140 yards on 28 carries. Bottling up Russell Wilson helped them get off the field way more on 3rd down, though, and that's why this defensive performance was better despite Lynch's banner day. Instead it is special teams that deserves the major part of the blame for this loss. Missed field goals, botched punts, penalties and poor returns were all on the menu for the Saints in this game. Clearly that unit needs a lot of work in the offseason. On to the grades...no comments
Ralph, Andrew, Kevin and Dave recap the Saints loss in Seattle. Ralph wonders if the Saints were just unlucky in 2013.
Andrew doesn't want to do an hour of sadness so he starts talking 2014 salary cap. What is the Saints # 1 off season need? Biggest memories from 2013. Kevin is fascinated with Scott Fujita. Dave wonders who to root for the rest of the playoffs.The boys wonder if Cameron Jordan and Drew Brees end up on opposite teams in the Pro Bowl does Cam dare sack Drew? Kevin is really excited about making his wrestling debut in February. Andrew promises to grade Kevin's matches. Ralph has random thought on the Golden Globes and Kevin uses his creepy voice.
Oh Jesus, it's the off season. WE WILL GET THROW THIS TOGETHER.
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For the last time this season, below are the offensive player grades for the game. I hope some of you enjoyed the write ups this year. It's very time consuming and admittedly not always as perfectly accurate as it should/could be, but it's been fun. The Saints' offense ran the ball well and showed signs of life late in this game, but the bottom line is 15 points won't get it done on the road. This offense failed to make an impact on the road consistently this season and that is what ended up costing the team this season more than anything else.no comments
I have to admit this loss hurts more than I expected. There was a "house money" feeling after the exhilarating road win in Philly accomplishing what can only be described as a historical franchise win. After that game I felt I would be disappointed with a loss to Seattle, but it was something I could live with. But there will be scars from this one. Mostly I feel for Rob Ryan and the defense, who by and large played so well all season and made such a transformation. Yes, the defense didn't get enough turnovers. In this game, or all season. But the big disappointment all year came from the offense, clearly a significant step below what we've grown accustomed to since 2009. The Saints scored what felt like a garbage time touchdown with 26 seconds left until a crazy onsides kick recovery that preceded a bizarre sequence to end the game. Banking on things to work out at that point was a pipe dream, though. The bottom line is that even when the Saints had the ball with 7 minutes left down 16-8, they left points on the board and the offense didn't take advantage of the few opportunities afforded them all game. In the playoffs that is a cardinal sin. Below are my bullets on the game.no comments
I started my last pregame road playoff game the exact same way as above, and we all know how that worked out in Philadelphia, so consider this both for amusement and a little voodoo to affect the outcome. The Saints are back in Seattle just a month after the 34-7 drubbing they took on the chin. But that was then, and this is the playoffs. Win or go home. The stakes are for a place in the NFC Championship game. Below are the five things I'll be looking for.no comments
Part two of our Q&A with Seahawks bloggers brings me Brian Nemhauser of Hawks Blogger. You'll remember him from just a month ago as he shared his insights prior to the... how do I keep this polite... debacle in Seattle last month. Rereading that game recap, by the way, I did find it poetic that the last sentence says: "who knows, maybe down the road we'll get another shot at the Seahawks in CentryLink Field." And here we are. Many thanks to him for taking the time, AGAIN. Make sure you check out Hawk Blogger as well as their twitter account. You can also check out some questions I answered for them here.no comments
Ok, the Eagles game was historical good fun and all but it's time to start focusing on the task at hand that is another trip to Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs. Yes, the Saints lost to the Seahawks a month ago in the same venue 34-7. Yes, the Saints are the 6 seed and the Seahawks are the 1 seed. But may I remind you the 6 seed has won 5 of the last 8 matchups against the 1 seed in the playoffs. Any given Sunday, people.
Over the next two days I'll be getting some serious Seahawks intel to really dig into this matchup and give you the opposing fan's view, much like always. First up is Chris Sullivan who has consistently been a very reliable Seahawks resource for me over the years. You can check him out on twitter here. He doesn't blog as much on the Seahawks anymore, but trust me, few people out there know more about the team. His content below will speak to that. And he takes an opportunity to insult the Falcons, so now you know why I love the guy. Here's what we discussed leading up to the game:no comments
It was a strange game for the Saints' defense in that they held the Eagles to 7 points and kept the ship afloat when Drew Brees was off and throwing interceptions in the first half. They did a fantastic job of bottling up LeSean McCoy all while preventing DeSean Jackson from making a big play. Then Keenan Lewis got hurt, and the entire complexion of the game changed. The defense did enough to win, but down the stretch it was the running game and special teams that saved the day. I give you the grades...no comments
Ralph Malbrough from WWLTV.com, Dave Cariello of Canal Sreet Chronicles, Kevin Held from Hakim Drops the Ball, and Andrew Juge of The Saints Nation break down the Saints-Seahawks playoff rematch. Can the Saints overcome the Seattle crowd, the rain, Phish and granola hippies? Can the offensive line continue to play well? Will Keenan Lewis get cleared to play? Is Popeyes Chicken the most magical food in all the universe?
Plus the boys answer you Twitter questions.