Honestly, what have the Saints actually done to make you not believe that next year will be better? The answer is not the 2007 offseason. Actually I believe that Jason David can still prove himself this year. He came on a little strong last year as he was part of the top ten interception leaders. However, what have they done this year to make you believe is the question. And with that said, so we go, hoping that this turns out as efficient as my first two posts. After all, third time’s the charm.
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1) Two Quarterbacks on the Defense: Last year the addition of Jonathan Vilma provided an experienced, proven, and battle tested veteran that was a truly solid fit for the Saints defense. He helped anchor a linebacking corps. This year, Darren Sharper enters the Big Easy with the same air of worthiness around him. I am really wondering who will get the radio helmet this time. It is one battle that I am actually pretty happy to see.
2) Coaching Shakeup: Out with the old, and come on in with the new. Gary Gibbs had his chance to try his heavy discipline defensive strategy. To put it bluntly, it just wasn’t meant to be. This is an aggressive depth chart on defense. They need better guidance. And enter Gregg Williams. He could be god after what Saints fans have been through the past two seasons, seeing Gary Gibbs’s defense bust time and time again. If track records mean anything nowadays, then Williams is a perfect fit. An aggressor on defense to complement the aggressor on offense. How wonderful.
3) Flashes of Speed: Last year, I am a firm believer that our running game actually started to put it all together. I am all for a backfield of PT and Reggie Bush. Thomas can be more of the bruiser while Reggie Bush can be the hybrid that he was meant to be. Last year Bush was pretty efficient until he was hampered by leg injuries, even matching an age-old record (Two Punt Return TD’s). And when the second of that tandem can is one of the rare players that can light up a defense led by a certain linebacker named Brian Urlacher for 100 yards receiving and rushing each, then you are probably in good shape with the talent level.
4) Cuts: In reference to an earlier CSC post, it’s really fun to make your team better while making your mortal enemy worse. The Bullocks move was pure genius. That’s all there is to it. Then they cut Mike McKenzie, who was due to become a liability on the cap as well as the roster, if his injury woes were any indication. The same can be said for Deuce McAlister. My heart still grieves, but my mind says yes. Bottom line is that the Saints’ front office has been overall efficient this offseason.