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Saints Mailbag Answers: Who Will Replace Drew Brees Next Season?

Below are answers to reader questions submitted Wednesday. Special thanks to all those that participated. Feel free to continue the discussion on any of these topics in the comment section below.

You have 100 dollars to bet. If you bet the Saints will win more than 7 games, and they do, you win $200. If you bet the Saints will win fewer than 7 or fewer games, you win $500. Which bet do you place? - Ben D.

The amount of money received if I won would have no bearing on which bet I made because I either believe the Saints will win more than 7 games or I don't. Making a betting decision based on pay out would be stupid. That being said, I do NOT see the Saints winning LESS than 7 games next season. The problem I face with this question is that I think there's a very good chance the Saints win EXACTLY 7 games, which would qualify as a push. Since I'm playing by your rules and that wasn't one of your options, I will have to take the over. Give me my $200.


Who will we replace Drew Brees with after this season? - Raichu

You realize that Brees passed for the most yards in the NFL last season in only 15 games, right? You know that he had the sixth best QB rating (101.0) in the league last season, right? You're aware he only threw 11 interceptions last year, fewest ever while with the Saints with the exception of 2006 and 2009, right? In other words, Brees is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. At this point, I'm starting to wonder if he's the real life Benjamin Button. Remind me again why we are in such a rush to replace him?


What are the odds we see two rookies starting at the two guard positions buy the end of the year? - B.G. Coast

The early depth charts show 2015 first rounder Andrus Peat backing up Armstead and Strief again in 2016. With no obvious upgrade brought in to compete with Lelito and Kelemete for the guard positions, should we expect the Saints to use Peat or Strief at the guard position to start the season? And if so, which one do you see at guard? - Ryan E.

Two rookies starting? I think that would be an incredible long shot. Until training camp starts, I'd say one of the starting spots is Tim Lelito's to lose. Which leaves the other starting spot up for the taking. Obviously if a rookie is going to earn that spot, it would have to be one of the undrafted free agents; most likely Landon Turner, Jack Allen, or Avery Young. Personally, I still think we might see Andrus Peat slide over to that other starting spot like we did a little bit last season. I think that should answer both questions.


Can the Saints really be happy standing pat at cornerback? - Mobile S.

Do they really have much of a choice? I don't see them signing anyone of substantial value at this point so I think you'd better get used to the current CBs on the roster because this is pretty much your 2016 Saints squad. Personally, I share your concern with depth. I wanted to see the Saints draft a cornerback this year, preferably in an early round. Cornerback is one of those positions where you can never have too many good players. Keenan Lewis and Damian Swann are all but guaranteed to miss a bunch of games, which leaves Delvin Breaux and a bunch of other dudes trying to hold down the defensive backfield. From what I've ready about 2nd round draft pick Vonn Bell, he can play nickel cornerback so I'm thinking he figures into the plans somehow.


I would very much like to expand my understanding of the players on the current roster. Which is the best grading agency to believe in? Is it DVOA, PFF, AV, DP, SI or any other I may have omitted? - Matt G.

To be honest with you, I'm not the right person to ask this question. I don't pay attention to any of those grading systems. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure each of them has their own merits. They probably also have their own flaws. I've watched every single Saints games for the last 13 years; I form my opinions based on what I see in addition to plain old stats. I'm not saying my way is best, but that's how I roll. I suggest doing the same.


Any noteworthy special guests who will accompany you to any of the games this year? - Hans P.

Hopefully I will have an easier time finding people to go to the games with me this season because last year I couldn't give away my tickets. Literally. I do have a an old college buddy from Denver coming into town for the Broncos game. And I plan to take my 4-year-old son to his first regular season game this year, probably the Panthers matchup. Other than that, it's still wide open for any interested parties.