FOX, CBS & NFL.com have all submitted their Week 0 Power Rankings post draft. All three have the Saints ranked in the early 20s, with the former two placing them at 22 and NFL.com ranking them at 24th. The Saints, of course, are very difficult to evaluate as things stand as they're in the midst of a philosophical change in the makeup of their team. There isn't a lot that I can say that I didn't say of ESPN's rankings, so I'll leave each sites explanations:
Fox: "The Saints weren’t kidding when they said they wanted to retool the defense following the Jimmy Graham trade. They managed to bring in several key impact players on the defensive side of the ball, and they made key strides to improve Drew Brees’ pass protection. If the pass coverage can hold up a little better in 2015, a rebound season could be in store."
CBS: "The re-design of this roster is in full force. They might not be the same style of team as they've been, but they can still throw it around when need be."
NFL: "The Saints had two first-round picks -- and yet, it's difficult to say whether Sean Payton's group got better this offseason. The club added running back C.J. Spiller but lost tight end Jimmy Graham. Advantage: other guys. New Orleans added O-lineman Andrus Peat but lost Ben Grubbs. Advantage: other guys. OK, defensively, the Saints did improve, starting with -- but not limited to -- the addition of newbies Stephone Anthony and Hau'oli Kikaha at linebacker."
Disregarding CBS's analysis as it is largely irrelevant in the grand scheme of where the Saints stand, Fox and NFL bring up good points. The Saints are overhauling to get better, so it's hard to know if they actually got better. Players may or not pan out, and schemes may or may not work. The fact is, the Saints of 2015 are extremely different from the Saints of 2013, with 2014 being a transition year. Whether or not that transition leads to better or worse things remains to be seen.
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