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What grade would you give the New Orleans 2018 season?

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They came just short of a Super Bowl appearance. Is that enough for you?

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The 2018 NFL season is over for the New Orleans Saints. While we begin to start previewing the 2019 team and reviewing the 2018 roster, let’s take a second to appreciate the accomplishments of the 2018 squad as a whole.

The 2018 season saw Drew Brees lead the New Orleans Saints to a 13-3 record (tied for best in franchise history) and the top seed in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints sent eight players to the 2018 Pro Bowl, even if some are not playing: Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, Max Unger, Terron Armstead, Cameron Jordan, Larry Warford, Alvin Kamara, and Andrus Peat. Michael Thomas also made first team All-Pro. Brees, Armstead, Jordan, and Ryan Ramczyk all made the second team.

This was also the season that Drew Brees broke the NFL’s all-time career passing yardage record, previously held by Peyton Manning. Brees also broke his own record for single season completion percentage and became only the third QB in NFL history to register a win against every team in the NFL with his Week 7 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

However, the 2017-18 offseason saw the Saints effectively go “all in” on the 2018 campaign. The Saints neglected to draft a long-term quarterback of the future behind the Drew Brees, despite Lamar Jackson being available when the Saints would have been on the clock. Instead, the Saints opted to trade their 2019 first round pick to move up in the draft and select Marcus Davenport to help provide edge pressure in a Super Bowl run.

With a Super Bowl in sight, the Saints still fell just short. But considering the draft capital and cap room spent to make 2018 a Super Bowl-caliber season, would you consider the 2018 season a success? Was it Super Bowl or bust for you? How would you grade the team’s year? No cop outs - no half letter grades. Vote in the poll. Explain in the comments. Send me presents.

Poll

Grade the 2018 New Orleans Saints season

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  • 41%
    A - roaring success; a Super Bowl wasn’t necessary
    (174 votes)
  • 41%
    B - solid year, but it clearly could have been better
    (177 votes)
  • 1%
    C - just average; sure, they won 13 games, but that just means they draft lower
    (8 votes)
  • 6%
    D - this might be the end of the Super Bowl window
    (26 votes)
  • 8%
    F - total failure; they went all-in and it’s going to cost them now without anything to show for it
    (38 votes)
423 votes total Vote Now