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Gary Estwick of SunHerald.com thinks so and I can't find anything from his article that I especially disagree with. Estwick writes among other statements, "Brees' current crop of receivers excel at finding vacant spaces in defenses, yet struggle when they have to create their own openings and stretch the field. It's a bad look for receivers any time an offense's top receiving option lines up in a three-point stance." Well said. It was shocking this season how the once unstoppable Saints offense had such a difficult time scoring in road games. Maybe this is a simple fix Sean Payton already has solutions for or maybe it isn't. Estwick also writes that Rob Ryan's defense carried the offense for much of the season and I can't disagree with that either.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Kenny Vaccaro (<a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4">@KennyVaccaro4</a>) named to Pro Football Writers of America&#39;s (<a href="https://twitter.com/Pfwa">@PFWA</a>) All-Rookie Team <a href="http://t.co/L8EZgkfag8">http://t.co/L8EZgkfag8</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/423196316693315584">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>52.0 % of all homes in the NOLA TV market were tuned in during ‘13 Saints games, 23,5% higher than the NFL avg. <a href="http://t.co/YUIkwA2XDh">http://t.co/YUIkwA2XDh</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/423180975896424448">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Rob Ryan hasnt been hot candidate this offseason but he boosted head-coaching resume this year <a href="http://t.co/5GGuOIkh1K">http://t.co/5GGuOIkh1K</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/423179560826327040">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Talking <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/PelicansNBA">@PelicansNBA</a> on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast: <a href="http://t.co/lfEznN1AWo">http://t.co/lfEznN1AWo</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanKelleyLive">@SeanKelleyLive</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOLA&amp;src=hash">#NOLA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/423164351722176512">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Now y’all know I ain’t giving up my ps4 it’s offseason it’s gone gets its money’s worth</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/423178541857898496">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> RB Pierre Thomas <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas">@Pierre_Thomas</a> signing autographs at the <a href="https://twitter.com/wdsu">@wdsu</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SecondHarvestFB">@SecondHarvestFB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Walmart">@Walmart</a> fight hunger event <a href="http://t.co/wIna680yKC">pic.twitter.com/wIna680yKC</a></p>&mdash; Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) <a href="https://twitter.com/FletcherMackel/statuses/423192598896209920">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;rt <a href="https://twitter.com/whodat_kat4">@whodat_kat4</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas">@Pierre_Thomas</a> Thanks for the picture! Enjoy the offseason &amp; see y&#39;all at training camp! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a> <a href="http://t.co/pARTdj7RBL">pic.twitter.com/pARTdj7RBL</a>&quot;</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/423207000705470464">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jim Caldwell wants to bring Teryl Austin to Detroit as his defensive coordinator <a href="http://t.co/PMCQAacz9P">http://t.co/PMCQAacz9P</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/423193918667108352">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>see y&#39;all soon!! &quot;rt <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas">@Pierre_Thomas</a> just finished setting up <a href="https://twitter.com/Walmart">@walmart</a> to <a href="https://twitter.com/DefeatHungerBwl">@DefeatHungerBwl</a> <a href="http://t.co/YjooGI7T6Q">pic.twitter.com/YjooGI7T6Q</a>&quot;</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/423155566001672193">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Eddie Lacy, who led all NFL rookies and set a club rookie record w/1,178 rushing yards, was selected as the 2013 Rookie of the Year (PFWA).</p>&mdash; Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) <a href="https://twitter.com/mikejurecki/statuses/423153306551058432">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It will never be easy ending the season with a loss...but we still love our Who Dat Nation!!! <a href="http://t.co/GNVpDrg1i5">http://t.co/GNVpDrg1i5</a></p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/423147163007193088">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>1st day of the &quot;offseason&quot;= beginning of my real full time job. The hard one...<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Parenthood&amp;src=hash">#Parenthood</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/423138049212837888">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I don&#39;t even know! RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Caleb_Kennedy1">@Caleb_Kennedy1</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16">@LanceMoore16</a> what do you plan to do in the off season until football camps start?</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/423132205569679361">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/Jobu1984">@Jobu1984</a>: Seattle is trying to ban 49ers fans from buying tickets <a href="http://t.co/ZlpBt1ngZ6">http://t.co/ZlpBt1ngZ6</a>…&quot; &lt;--- Wow. That&#39;s pretty weak.</p>&mdash; Bill Burr (@billburr) <a href="https://twitter.com/billburr/statuses/423125324398739456">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL claims $600m in Super Bowl economic impact. Economists say it&#39;s closer to $0. Guess who&#39;s right? <a href="http://t.co/ZnoNApbQSx">http://t.co/ZnoNApbQSx</a> (by me)</p>&mdash; Field of Schemes (@fieldofschemes) <a href="https://twitter.com/fieldofschemes/statuses/423100011153752064">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Stay positive and the challenges you face will be a lot easier!!</p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/423120793321488384">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>He&#39;s a Saint for National Dress Up Your Pets day. <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/x2WfsAlwok">pic.twitter.com/x2WfsAlwok</a></p>&mdash; Melanie Dauterive (@ohslowdown) <a href="https://twitter.com/ohslowdown/statuses/423111030424612865">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jimmy Graham isn&#39;t &quot;soft.&quot; He averaged 119 yards before injury, 52 yards after torn plantar fascia. Snaps were cut, explosion lost.</p>&mdash; Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisWesseling/statuses/422800936331776000">January 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Still waiting for someone -- anyone -- to point out that Jimmy Graham has been playing thru a torn fascia. Hasn&#39;t been same player since Oct</p>&mdash; Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisWesseling/statuses/422799533999804416">January 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94">@camjordan94</a>: Time to get back on track... Tomorrow the grind is rekindled... <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23probowl&amp;src=hash">#probowl</a> <a href="http://t.co/wPUGSQ9tpp">pic.twitter.com/wPUGSQ9tpp</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/422970198648307712">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Postseason Stat roundup: Ended No. 4 in total offense, No. 2 in total defense.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/423208190184939521">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No. 3 in yards per play and No. 3 (among 12 teams) in yards per rush (4.7) &amp; No. 4 in yards per pass (12.7)</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/423208682713673728">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Defensively, No. 1 in yards per play (4.72), No. 1 yards per pass play (5.47) and No. 7 in yards per rush (4.46)</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/423209080807628801">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees finished with the No. 6 QB rating at 81.9. He had the No. 2 completions (44) and yards (559).</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/423210409806426112">January 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

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Video

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