Hello to everybody and as some of you highly respectable CSC members may notice, I am a new blogger writing my first fan post. With that said, let's go.
The Saints are truly one step from greatness so let's first examine what's right with them.
1) Air Force 9: Drew Brees (hence the number nine connection) is prolific, and that is an understatement. He does great things game in and game out. Under Drew Brees, the offense ranks 1st, 4th, and 1st again in 2006, 2007, and 2008 respectively. That 4th ranked offense was in a 2007 campaign in which the Saints started 0-4. Might want to think about that.
2) Reception Clear: The Saints receiving core is amazing. We have a native LSU speedster in Devery Henderson. Remember his 80 something yard race on that free play in the 2008 season opener versus the Bucs? Then there is Marques Colston who is entering just his fourth year but surpassed the 1000 yard mark in his rookie and sophomore seasons. Lance Moore flourished and thrived last year, and honestly (I don't know about you) but I am going to cry if he leaves the Saints. Robert Meacham is still young, but Brees showed a lot of confidence in him, which is a plus.
3) Tandem: I honestly believe that a two-headed running back attack of PT-Cruiser and Reggie Bush works really well. When one of them is a running back who can shred the Bears defense continuously (Thomas), which has to be a good sign. While Thomas can do heavy lifting, Bush should be used properly, in out routes, empty backfield sets, and screens as well as in the return game. He is the HYBRID.
Let's not forget. The Saints are still not great (not that they are bad). Here are weaknesses.
1) Leaky Pass Rush: Honestly, it is still a very young line with room for improvement. It consists of people like Bobby McCray, Paul Spicer, Sedrick Ellis, and Charles Grant. That is a rotation that I am hoping Gregg Williams can set right because it isn't a bad rotation. Nevertheless, despite flashes of brilliance, the pass rush was pretty inconsistent. Just saying.
2) Second Rate Secondary: Thankfully, there are major revamps going on here with the additions of Darren Sharper, Jabari Greer, and other notables. Kaesviharn and Bullocks were released, which made me sigh in relief. Despite a good second half of the season, Jason David needs to be more consistent in playmaking.
3) Short Yardage: there is only one thing I have got to say. Do not use Reggie Bush to run on short yardage situations. Utilize the screen game more. Use Pierre Thomas, and now Heath Evans.
My thoughts? I still wish for the Saints to add another playmaker in the secondary through the draft, be it Vontae Davis or Malcolm Jenkins. The kicking game and special teams is actually pretty stable right now, but John Carney is available.
Thank you, and I hope that you had as much fun reading this as I had writing it. Feedback is appreciated.