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In what was an entirely atrocious division, the Saints had every chance to make the playoffs with even a .500 record. But a 31st-ranked defense, 25th against the pass and 29th against the run, ensured there would be no postseason here. Drew Brees actually fell short of 5,000 passing yards on the season, as if that’s a disappointment. But he had a typically great season. The surprising trades of Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham should mean the continued emergence of Brandin Cooks (550 rec yards), who showed flashes in his rookie year. But what it really means is the Saints are committing to a more balanced offense. Mark Ingram (964 rush yards) brought a stronger run attack than the Saints were used to, and the CJ Spiller signing brings unheard of depth at RB. Depth at WR is thin--it’s Cooks, Marques Colston, Josh Morgan, then who knows--but Brees has never needed big name receivers to air it out. NOLA committed to protecting him by drafting OT Andrus Peat (Stanford) with the #13 pick. LB Dannell Ellerbe came over in the Stills trade, CB Brandon Browner, LB Anthony Spencer, and CB Kyle Wilson are the new additions to in an aggressive defensive offseason. MLB Curtis Lofton is a big loss, but perhaps the personnel changes will improve the unit overall. The New Orleans Saints operate under head coach Sean Payton at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. 2014 was the team’s first losing season under Payton since 2007, which does not include a 2012 season where Payton was suspended for his role in Bountygate. If you don’t include that season, 2014 was also their first non-playoff, less than 11-win season since 2008. The team normally enjoys one of the best home field advantages in the league, but that broke down last season as they went just 3-5 in the dome, losing their last five. Still, the Peyton-Brees era has been easily the most successful in franchise history. They have brought perennial contenders to a city that had a punching bag of an NFL team for most of its existence. The Saints won their only Super Bowl appearance in 2009 against Peyton Manning and the Colts but also have five division titles (three under Peyton-Brees) and 10 playoff appearances (five). A new balanced Saints team could be great. 2015 home games include Tampa Bay, Dallas in prime time, Atlanta on Thursday night, NY Giants, Tennessee, Carolina, Detroit on Monday night, and Jacksonville. Get your Saints tickets from Gold Coast Tickets today!
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