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New Orleans, LA - The Saints finished with a respectable 11-5 record in 2023, their fifth straight season with double-digit wins. Their record was the second-best in the NFC but unfortunately that was only good enough for a wild card and the #5 seed due to the rival Atlanta Falcons' 12-4 finish. Though 13 points would prove to be enough for a win at Chicago in the Wild Card round, it fell just short in Atlanta as the Falcons eliminated the Saints in the Divisional Round by a score of 16-13.

The Offseason began on a sour note as WR Lenard Christensen announced he would not be returning in 2024. Seven other players who had lost a step and were clearly on the decline were either released or traded, among them such fan favorites as Antonio Powe, DeShawn Sicky, Johnathan Backman and Andy Barber. Four veteran players were brought in, two each via Free Agency and Trade, to help fill the voids:

LT Sean Green - At 34-years, Green is no spring chicken himself, but has exhibited no signs of a deterioration in his play. Green is widely considered to be one of the league's best OL and will actually provide an upgrade to one of RZL's best units.

TE Dennis Pitta - A 2nd Round pick of the Chiefs in 2017, Pitta has been one of the league's best TEs over the last several years, in fact winning that award with an outstanding season in 2020. Pitta will join Dennis Flores and Mickey Shuler to form an athletic versatile group just as capable running pass routes as blocking or lining up in the backfield.

WR Brandon LaFell - LaFell has flown under the radar most of his career while averaging more than 80 Receptions, 1300 yards and 7 TDs over a four-year span with the Green Bay Packers. He has good size and speed, and a knack for coming down with the ball in traffic. LaFell will be battling for the #2 and/or #3 WR positions in Training Camp.

CB Ras-I Dowling - Dowling was brought over from the Cleveland Browns via trade and will likely assume the starting #2 CB position. He has good size, strength and speed and is just starting his 6th year in the league. Dowling was originally drafted by the Dolphins at the end of the 1st Round before spending three seasons in Cleveland.

In the 2024 draft, the Saints were left with just one pick (2.8) in the first three rounds, although they did follow that up with two selections in the fourth round and were able to make the most of them.

2.8 CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste - 6'3" 218lbs Nebraska
Jean Baptiste has great size but slightly below average speed and quickness. The Saints are hopeful that by his second or third season Baptiste will be at a point where he is ready to start. He also has one of the highest vertical jumps in the league to go with his 6'3" frame.

4.12 MLB Rich London - 6'0" 240lbs Boston College
London probably fell to the 4th Round due to his height and below-average strength. But he is stocky, has good range and is an exceptional tackler for a Rookie. London has looked good in Camp and will likely replace Patrick as the primary backup to Spitler.

4.27 C Melvin Jackson - 6'2" 335lbs Duke
Anytime you can get a future starter out of the 4th Round you are doing well, but that's exactly what the Saints feel they have in Melvin Jackson. He is raw and will need a little work on his technique, but Jackson has good speed/quickness, exceptional strength and agility. Richie Kimbrell's contract expires at the end of 2024 and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Saints weather some growing pains next season to start grooming Jackson.

6.27 LG DeJuan Hewitt - 6'3" 329lbs Ole Miss
A roster filler on the OL

7.27 LE Clint Williams - 6'1" 256lbs Florida
Another roster filler
Forum Discussion (by K_Mullendore on 12/12/2014) Replies - 0 :: Views - 14
Saints 2023 Training Camp
Team Overview

Following two consecutive NFC South titles but also two straight 1-and-done playoff appearances, expectations were high in the Big East that 2022 could finally be the season that the Saints would bring home the trophy. And there were some impressive achievements:
    - a 5-1 record within the NFC South
    - regular season sweeps of the Bucs and Panthers
    - wins over AFC North Champion Ravens and NFC East Champion Redskins

Unfortunately the positives were overshadowed by a 5-5 record outside the division, the distinction of being the Bengals only win and a third place finish in the NFC South. For the third straight year, the Saints would lose in their first game of the playoffs, this time to the rival Panthers, a team the Saints had already beaten twice rather convincingly in the regular season.

Best Win Saints 27 @ Buccaneers 25
Coming into Tampa is hard enough. Trying to sweep the Bucs on the road in Week 13 in a tight division race is very difficult. Add to that the fact that the Bucs were the hottest team in the league on a 7-game winning streak. Winning this game would take a near-Herculean effort from New Orleans. But as they often do when their backs are against the wall, the Saints found a way win. It would be a close, hard-fought victory, but the Saints would end up being the Bucs only loss during their 16-game run to their Super Bowl victory. Saints CB Demarcus Van Dyke would pick off Hanson twice and return one of them for a TD that would prove to be the difference.

Worst Loss Saints 14 @ Bengals 21
The Bengals only win during a 1-15 season. Nuf said.

Given the team's lack of success in the playoffs, Mullendore felt it was finally time for a change in the coaching staff. As a result, OC Mike Heimerdinger's contract was not renewed. Instead, New Orleans hired Gary Kubiak to take over as OC. Kubiak took a year off in 2022 after finishing up four seasons as OC of the Oakland Raiders.

After reviewing every group of positional players, we came up with the following areas to be addressed this offseason in preparation for the 2023 season:

- Once again, need a starting DT to pair with J.J. Watt as Clinton McDonald was really only brought in for a single season
- DE/OLB Johnathan Backman scheduled to make over $20m this season
- The left side of OL starting to age (Louis, Meredith). Need to begin planning for eventual replacement
- Depth needed at Safety and Linebacker
- CB: Does Andy Barber have another top-quality season in him?


Offseason

The Saints had two RFAs this offseason, SS Jeff Downs and CB Kris Ryan, acquired in the McClain trade last offseason with the Titans. Both were issued tenders and received no offers from other teams. Ryan was promptly restructured to a new 7-year contract. New Orleans did not use their Franchise Tag. Meanwhile, MLB Austin Spitler resigned with the Saints for 3 more years for $24.95m, $7.02m of which is guaranteed. Lastly, as far as existing players are concerned, the Saints finally reached an agreement with Pro Bowl OLB/DE Johnathan Backman on a new 3-year contract to provide the team some cap relief.

The Saints signed just three players in Free Agency this offseason, two of which are likely to start: DT Trevor Johnson and FB Manase Tonga. Johnson is a former 1st Round Pick of the Chargers in 2017 that has underachieved to this point. Fullback wasn't high on the Saints' needs list, but Lindsey has definitely lost a step. It was surprising to see the talented Tonga, one of the league's best Fullbacks, available in Free Agency.

New Orleans was strangely quiet in the trade market prior to the Draft, completing just one trade, and it was a minor one. Third-year CB Ronald McPherson was traded to the Dolphins for pick 4.8 and a swap of 3rd/5th Round future picks. On draft day, the Saints would make one much bigger trade, sending pick 1.23 and a future 2nd to the Lions for the highly-regarded DE Allen Bailey. This would leave the Saints with six picks in the draft, the first of which not being until 4.8.

Mullendore would use the 3 first-day picks to fill 3 different needs as identified above.

4.8 CB Terence Harvey - Decent size and average speed. Has some potential if developed and with patience, and is only 22yrs old.

5.11 LB Bruce Sparks - Will likely be a solid backup in this league. Has very good size.

5.23 LT Daryl Paul - Saints' coaches love this kid and feel they got a real steal late in the 5th Round. Paul is raw but is very quick and athletic. He has looked good thus far in camp and Mullendore believes Paul could be a future starter.

6.23 FS Orlando Mendez - Mendez has enough size and speed to likely see the field. But probably does not have the skills to be more than a pretty solid backup.

7.1 SS Javier Chandler - The other player that the coaches have been raving about during Training Camp. Unfortunately, Chandler was injured in the first Preseason game and will miss not only the rest of Preseason but the first few games of the Regular Season as well. Still, the Saints feel very good about Chandler and are thrilled to find him at the top of the 7th Round.

7.23 LT Shaun Gross - Just a camp body, especially given the Paul pick two rounds earlier.


Player Notes

HB/KR DeShawn Sicky was named to his 4th Pro Bowl as a KR Specialist. Sicky is now the All-Time leader in both Kickoff Return Average (25.32) and Kickoff Return TDs (23). OT Lance Louis was named to his 6th Pro Bowl in the last 7 seasons. Louis currently sits 42nd on the All-Time Pancake list and has the best Pancake/Sacks Allowed ratio of any player in the top-50 of the list.

DE Kraig Garrison was named to his 4th Pro Bowl and 1st as a Saint. With his 15 Sacks in 2022, Garrison now has 99 for his career, placing him 5th on the All-Time Sack list. If he can stay healthy, Garrison should end his career as the All-Time Sack leader. Former 1.6 Pick CB Demarcus Van Dyke had a breakout season in 2022, recording 7 INTs and returning 3 of them for TDs.


Training Camp

For the past seven seasons, players have praised HC Gregg Williams' high-energy, no-nonsense training camp, so expect much of the same again this year. Williams demands both physical and mental toughness from his players and will look to develop both throughout the team. This toughness has really stood out as more often than not the Saints appear to be the better conditioned team and no amount of pressure seems to phase them throughout the season. There are also 4 players that the coaches have targeted for improvement in a specific physical area.

Eddie Lacy, Keenan Allen and Kris Ryan - Conditioning coach Dan Dalrymple's Cornerback Speed & Quickness Program has reached legendary status here in camp. Eight years ago Coach Dalrymple expanded the program to a select group of players at other positions with equal success. This is the same program that former Saints' CB Dwight Lowery credited with measurably improving his straight-line speed over the course of his four seasons in the program which helped turn him into a star player. Each player this year has been tasked with improving their speed by the end of camp, with a goal of a consistent .02 seconds off of their 40-yard times. To achieve this the players are doing three things. First, each player has been put on a strict diet to minimize their % body fat and weight. Second, each player has undergone an intense isometric training program using resistance bands to strengthen their fast-twitch muscle fibers. Third, the importance of correct, adequate stretching and warm-up routines has been emphasized and they have altered their training regimen to include them.

Meanwhile, recent addition DE Allen Bailey will be working on improving his overall body strength. Mullendore has brought in long-time Pro Bowl Guard Larry Allen to work with Bailey in the weight room. Larry knows a thing or to about using the weight room to increase your strength to improve your game. Larry once benched 225lbs an amazing 43 times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI_A4BYyT-0

Every offseason he would increase his maximum bench press by about 50lbs until he hit an unbelievable 700lbs at one point during his career.

http://media.putfile.com/Larry-Allen-700-Bench-Press

Larry knows what he is talking about and Bailey has really bought in to his weight training program.
Forum Discussion (by K_Mullendore on 04/29/2014) Replies - 1 :: Views - 26
Saints 2022 Training Camp
Team Overview

To be honest, I had to go back and review exactly what transpired over the course of the 2021 season. The only thing I could remember was that the Bucs won the SB. But after reviewing, it has become painfully clear why I had chosen to strike it from memory.

Expectations were very high entering the 2021 season, having cruised to a league-best 13-3 regular season record in 2020 and losing a tough playoff game to eventual SB champion Carolina. Fast forward to 2021 and wash, rinse, repeat. New Orleans would win 7 of their final 8 games and edge out the Buccaneers for their second-straight NFC South title. This alone is a huge accomplishment as the division would send three teams to the playoffs in 2021. It was a case of too little, too late in the playoff game against the Bucs however, spotting Tampa a 20-point lead and playing mistake-prone ball well into the 4th quarter. Once again, the Saints would be left with another offseason to ask "What if?"

Best Win Buccaneers 23 @ Saints 27
Coming off the disappointing week 9 loss to the Falcons, it was a critical point in the season for the Saints. Stephen McGee would be the starting QB for two more games, before Moore would return, against two of the league's best teams, the Bucs and Redskins. Behind 55 Pancake blocks the Saints held the ball for over 26 minutes and outfought the Bucs for a tough 27-23 win.

Worst Loss Saints 14 @ Falcons 35
Although the Saints would hold a slim lead in a hard-fought defensive battle, a complete 4th quarter meltdown saw the Falcons rattle off 22 unanswered points and runaway with this one. The Saints were held to a season-low 232 total yards, 38% completions and 2 of 12 on 3rd downs.

In reviewing the coaching staff, GM Mullendore was faced with a dilemma. The Saints 25 regular seasons wins in 2020-2021 were a league high and winning the tough NFC South two seasons in a row is extremely difficult. These facts supported Mullendore's belief that the Saints may have had the best team over this period, yet they were winless in the playoffs when it counted and frustration was at an all-time high. After much consideration, it was decided that all coaches would return for at least one more season.

After reviewing every group of positional players, we came up with the following areas to be addressed this offseason in preparation for the 2022 season:

- Need a starting DT to pair with J.J. Watt
- CB position crowded. May have opportunity to trade one to address other needs
- Need to add a quality LB prospect (OLB or MLB)
- Francisco Barron had lost a step creating a need at HB
- Big Jeff in twilight of career and refusing to renegotiate monster salary
- Dowdle (Punter) not improving in consistency in correlation with escalating salary


Offseason

The Saints had one RFA this offseason, HB Ryan Williams. He was offered a 1st Round tender as any lower tender would have meant a 6th Round Pick or less as compensation for any suitors. No other offers were made on Williams and he was promptly restructured to a 7-year deal. New Orleans did use their Franchise Tag, resulting in a 1-year $12m+ contract for star MLB Austin Spitler. It appears at this point that both sides are content playing under single year contract for the duration of 2022. Meanwhile, the Saints' 2021 sack leader DE Kraig Garrison resigned with the Saints for 3 more years for $27.59m, $7.56m of which is guaranteed. Lastly, as far as existing players are concerned, the Saints finally reached an agreement with Pro Bowl Safety Taylor Mays on a new 7-year contract which should allow Mays to retire in the Big Easy.

While the Saints signed a higher-than-normal six players in Free Agency, only two are expected to start: DT Clinton McDonald and P Oscar Hogan. Each solved an identified need coming into the offseason for only the price of money.

New Orleans was active in the trade market prior to the Draft, as usual, completing three deals of note. The first and biggest trade sent shutdown CB Issac McClain and pick 7.5 to the Tennessee Titans for young CB Kris Ryan, picks 1.31 and 2.18. The second trade sent DT Jerel Worthy and pick 6.26 to the Cleveland Browns for picks 2.13 and 5.13 . The last trade sent veteran backup QB Stephen McGee and pick 4.26 to Tampa Bay for pick 3.32. A few additional moves involving only draft picks were made resulting in the Saints having 1.8, 2.18, 2.32 and several late round selections for depth.

Mullendore would use the 3 first-day picks to fill 3 different needs as identified above.

1.8 WR Keenan Allen - To replace Big Jeff who ultimately was released, the Saints drafted what they considered the best WR in the draft. Allen has a great combination of size and speed, and is ready to step in and start this year.

2.18 HB Eddie Lacy - Lacy is a prototypical HB for the Saints system and will actually challenge Williams for the starting HB job, although both should see plenty of touches.

2.32 LB Daniel Marcus - Although the 13th LB drafted, with better top-end speed Marcus would have been a sure 1st round pick. He has good size, strength, agility, tackling technique and actually has the best burst of all LBs in the draft. With some speed work in TC, the Saints feel they have found a gem with the last pick of the second round.


Player Notes

With QB Matt Moore out with injury, the Saints went 5-2 with journeyman free agent QB Stephen McGee under center. Four of the five victories were against teams that would go on to make the playoffs. Though his season was shortened by injury, QB Matt Moore had the best season of his career statistically, posting a QB Rating above 110 for the first time. Moore's 95.6 Career QB Rating ranks 3rd all-time behind Ben Rothlisberger and Tyler Thigpen. At the age of 34, WR Jeff Samardzija posted career highs for Yards (1392), Avg (18.32) and YAC (389). Former 1st Round Pick TE Dennis Flores led all TEs with 8TD receptions and 83 Pancake blocks. HB DeShawn Sicky now ranks 1st all-time in KO Return Avg (25.32) and is 2nd all-time with 20 KO Returns for TD. Sicky has never been the #1 HB in his career, but that hasn't stopped him from scoring 42 TDs.

MLB Austin Spitler became only the second player (MLB Ned Bundy) in the last 7 seasons to log 17 TFL and 17 DFL. DE Kraig Garrison recorded 10 sacks in 2021, the sixth time he has reached double digits. Even though prone to miss games due to injury, Garrison has recorded at least 8 sacks every season of his career and is now tied for 11th all-time (DE Dwight Freeney) on the all-time sack list. If he can stay reasonably healthy, Garrison appears to have the best shot at the #1 ranking, currently held by Mario Williams. Speaking of sacks, new Saints' DT Clinton McDonald is surprisingly tied for 18th on the all-time list with 72.


Training Camp

For the past six seasons, players have praised HC Gregg Williams' high-energy, no-nonsense training camp, so expect much of the same again this year. Williams demands both physical and mental toughness from his players and will look to develop both throughout the team. This toughness really stood out last season as more often than not the Saints were the better conditioned team and no amount of pressure seemed to phase them throughout the season. There are also 5 players that the coaches have targeted for improvement in a specific physical area.

Darron Buck, Daniel Marcus, Keenan Allen, Kris Ryan and Andy Barber - Conditioning coach Dan Dalrymple's Cornerback Speed & Quickness Program has reached legendary status here in camp. Seven years ago Coach Dalrymple expanded the program to a select group of players at other positions with equal success. This is the same program that former Saints' CB Dwight Lowery credited with measurably improving his straight-line speed over the course of his four seasons in the program which helped turn him into a star player. Each player this year has been tasked with improving their speed by the end of camp, with a goal of a consistent .02 seconds off of their 40-yard times. To achieve this the players are doing three things. First, each player has been put on a strict diet to minimize their % body fat and weight. Second, each player has undergone an intense isometric training program using resistance bands to strengthen their fast-twitch muscle fibers. Third, the importance of correct, adequate streching and warm-up routines has been emphasized and they have altered their training regimen to include them.
Forum Discussion (by K_Mullendore on 08/28/2013) Replies - 1 :: Views - 47
Saints to Release Samardzija
New Orleans, LA - The Saints announced this afternoon that veteran WR Jeff Samardzija will be released later today. A 1st-Round Pick by the Houston Texans in 2011, he was traded to the Saints in 2016, following a brief stint with the Cowboys, where he has played since. After surviving post-draft cuts despite his $18.5m salary and the drafting of WR Keenan Allen, it appeared that Samardzija might finish out his career in New Orleans. However, he refused to redo his contract or to even consider a possible trade.

"Ultimately, 18 million dollars is just too much to pay for a slot receiver, and that is likely where Jeff would have played in 2022," said Mullendore. "We certainly wish him the best. He gave us his best for a long time."

"I love it here in New Orleans," stated Samardzija earlier today. "And I know I can still play this game. I finished last season with career-highs in Yards, Avg and YAC. I really don't have any interest in moving my family at this stage of my career."

Samardzija will almost certainly be signed by another team where he can add to his career totals. He currently ranks 14th in Receptions and 28th in Yards on the All-Time receiving list. A punishing run-blocker as well as receiver, Samardzija is likely the All-Time pancake leader among WRs.
Forum Discussion (by K_Mullendore on 03/03/2013) Replies - 0 :: Views - 27
Saints Training Camp 2021
Team Overview

Expectations were very high entering the 2020 season, and after cruising to a league-best 13-3 regular season record, the Saints thought this was finally their year to bring home the trophy. It was the best record GM Mullendore has posted in 14 seasons with the Saints. Division-rival Carolina would come to New Orleans for the Divisional Playoff game. The Saints' Defense was up to the task, holding the Panthers to 95 passing yards while sacking Gabbert 7 times and knocking him from the game once. However, the Saints' Offense was totally shut down on the ground. Although QB Matt Moore was efficent, two costly fumbles would doom the Saints to another offseason asking "What if?"

Best Win The Week 8 matchup featured the 6-1 Saints heading to 5-1 Kansas City. Both teams were near the top of the power rankings and each team's only loss was to the eventual Champion Panthers. But the Saints put together one of their more impressive performances of recent memory. The Offense amassed 547 Total Yards including 309 on the ground. Meanwhile the Defense sacked Stafford 6 times and held HB Fat Mike to 23 yards on 13 carries before he broke lose for a 34 yard scamper after the game was out of reach. In the end, New Orleans left Kansas City with a convincing 42-16 win and moved to #1 in the Power Rankings.

Worst Loss It is hard to imagine a more painful loss than the blown lead to the Cowboys in the 2019 NFC Championship Game. But the one-and-done the Saints managed as the top seed in 2020 was just that. It has been quite a while since a team has held the Saints to 61 yards rushing. There's very little a GM can do with regards to fumbles, which makes it that much harder when they are the difference makers in games. Carolina would ultimately leave New Orleans with a hard-fought 24-17 win and go on to win the Super Bowl. The Saints would be left to chew on this one for a while - probably a long while.

As disappointing as the quick exit from the playoffs was, it's hard to fire coaches following a 13-3 season. As a result, all coaches will return for the 2021 season. Hopefully this will enhance team chemistry across all positions and avoid wasted time by either unit learning a new system.

After reviewing every group of positional players, we came up with the following areas to be addressed this offseason in preparation for the 2021 season:

- HB (Cedric Peerman probably not resigned)
- FB (Chris Johnson to be cut, Edmond Lindsey's contract expiring)
- DT (Larry Booker and Stephen Bowen both aging, Booker probably not resigned)
- MLB (Danny Walker aging and probably not resigned)
- DE/OLB (crowded depth chart)


Offseason

The Saints did not have any RFAs this offseason. The Saints chose to use their Franchise Tag this year on FB Edmond Lindsey. Over $5m is a lot to pay for the position, but good fullbacks have received some even larger offers in Free Agency and Lindsey was coming off a great season where he earned the Best Fullback in RZL award. Shutdown CB Isaac McClain was resigned to a 3-year contract which likely saved the Saints about $8m compared to what he would have commanded on the open market. Mullendore then turned his attention to the contracts of a few key veterans and successfully restructured the contract of Pro Bowl TE Dennis Flores at a much more reasonable amount than that of his Rookie 1st Round contract.

After the above contract moves, GM Mullendore was still left with three players unsigned that the Saints wanted to keep. But for the first time in recent memory they also had significant cap space available which Mullendore believed would allow them to match any reasonable offers, including the huge offer that Backman would likely receive. However, that was before the trade for DE Kraig Garrison began to materialize. Within a short time a deal was reached to bring the star player to New Orleans! The price was reasonable but that also meant absorbing Garrison's $17m salary. Ultimately, Mullendore knew he would have to let Andy Barber or Sammy Noel go if they received significant offers. Neither was a full-time starter, but Barber is the Saints' best option at NCB and backup FS behind Blair, while Noel is the Saints' top backup OL regardless of position and has started many games over the years. The final decision was to shore up the secondary by matching the offer for Barber and letting Noel move to Philadelphia where he will received nearly $6m this season and likely a chance to start that he probably deserves.


The Saints were less busy prior to the draft than in prior years, but ended up completing four trades leading up to draft day. The bulk of the trades were made positioning ourselves in the draft and using future picks to acquire assets this season. The first trade sent Pick 7.28 and next season's 2nd and 3rd Round Picks to the Buffalo Bills for Pick 2.21 and next season's 7th Round Pick. The second trade sent the just acquired Pick 2.21, 3.24 and next season's 1st Round Pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for Pick 1.15, 4.4 and next season's 7th Round Pick. In the third trade the Saints sent the just acquired Pick 1.15 and next season's 7th Round Pick to the Washington Redskins for DE Kraig Garrison, 4.25 and next season's 2nd and 3rd Round Picks. In the final trade, the Redskins' 2nd and 3rd Round Picks next season and 6.28 to the Cincinnati Bengals for Pick 2.4 and next season's 6th Round Pick. These trades left the Saints with Picks 2.4, 4.4, 4.22, 4.25 and 5.28 in addition to Garrison.

The Saints only made one offer of significance in pre-draft FA for WR Beau Hansen but were easily outbid by a plethora of other teams, at which point they decided to focus on retaining their own.

After seeing DT Jamaal Griffen nearly fall into his lap, Mullendore would use Pick 2.4 on DE Darron Buck. Buck joins a now very crowded group of quality OLB/DE players that Mullendore covets. Buck is a little raw but with some experience and a little work in Training Camp, has the potential to be a very good one. All three of the Saints' 4th Round Picks were used on LBs (Stanford Grossman, Jake Patrick and Brady Hutchinson) who at a minimum should be very good backups, with the potential to emerge as starters down the road. With Pick 5.28 the Saints selected DE Carey Gage, but Mullendore did not see what the scouts saw in Gage and left him unsigned.

Player Notes

QB Matt Moore had arguably his best season as a pro, posting an exceptional 32/7 TD to INT ratio and 98.9 QB Rating, as well as coming one vote short from being voted league MVP. WR Lenard Christensen posted career bests for TDs, YAC and Avg per Catch. In only his second season, HB Ryan Williams broke out for 1697 Yards Rushing and 7 TDs. It was the 5th consecutive season that a Saints' HB has led the NFC in Rushing! In his first season in a Saints' uniform, FB Edmond Lindsey finished with a career-best 86 pancakes and was voted the league's Best Fullback. HB/KR DeShawn Sicky made his 3rd Pro Bowl as KO Return Specialist. Sicky was also voted the league's best Special Teams Player and now has the All-Time best KO Return average.

OLB/DE Johnathan Backman posted a career-highs in both sacks (10) and TFL (11) in 2020. Backman was rewarded by being named to the Pro Bowl. In his first year with the Saints, SS Taylor Mays had career-highs in Interceptions and Deflections while making his first Pro Bowl. After three seasons at DE, former Saints' 1st Round Pick J.J. Watt will be moving inside for the 2021 season where he looks to have a breakout year. Fourth-year CB Demarcus Van Dyke has looked very sharp in training camp. The Saints starting secondary remain intact for the 2021 season and expectations are very high for this group.


Training Camp

For the past five seasons, players have praised HC Gregg Williams' high-energy, no-nonsense training camp, so expect much of the same again this year. Williams demands both physical and mental toughness from his players and will look to develop both throughout the team. This toughness really stood out last season as more often than not the Saints were the better conditioned team and no amount of pressure seemed to phase them throughout the season. There are also 4 players that the coaches have targeted for improvement in a specific physical area.

Ryan Williams, Stanford Grossman, Darron Buck and Jeff Downs - Conditioning coach Dan Dalrymple's Cornerback Speed & Quickness Program has reached legendary status here in camp. Six years ago Coach Dalrymple expanded the program to a select group of players at other positions with equal success. This is the same program that former Saints' CB Dwight Lowery credited with measurably improving his straight-line speed over the course of his four seasons in the program which helped turn him into a star player. Each player this year has been tasked with improving their speed by the end of camp, with a goal of a consistent .02 seconds off of their 40-yard times. To achieve this the players are doing three things. First, each player has been put on a strict diet to minimize their % body fat and weight. Second, each player has undergone an intense isometric training program using resistance bands to strengthen their fast-twitch muscle fibers. Third, the importance of correct, adequate streching and warm-up routines has been emphasized and they have altered their training regimen to include them.
Forum Discussion (by K_Mullendore on 09/01/2012) Replies - 0 :: Views - 45

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At A Glance

SAINTS FRONT OFFICE
GM K_Mullendore
Head Coach Gregg Williams
Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski
Defensive Coordinator Jerry Gray
Special Teams Steve Hoffman
Salary $175.12M
Cap Penalty $11.68M
Cap Room $12.53M

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER POS OVR LENGTH
Saints Demarcus Van Dyke CB 92 Out for season
Saints Kraig Garrison LE 99 Out for season
Saints Ricky Todd WR 80 1 week

NFC South
RNK TEAM W-L-T PCT DIV
#1 Buccaneers Buccaneers 12-4-0 0.75 4-2
#4 Saints Saints 10-6-0 0.63 4-2
#5 Falcons Falcons 10-6-0 0.63 1-5
#10 Panthers Panthers 9-7-0 0.56 3-3

SAINTS SCHEDULE
WK DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT
1 Sun at Broncos Broncos #13
Lost 14-31
2 Sun vs Redskins Redskins #11
Lost 12-21
3 Sun at Buccaneers Buccaneers #1
Lost 21-24
4 Sun at Eagles Eagles #8
Lost 15-31
5 Sun at Panthers Panthers #10
Won 23-17
7 Mon vs 49ers 49ers #28
Won 7-3
8 Sun vs Raiders Raiders #29
Won 24-12
9 Sun at Chiefs Chiefs #6
Won 31-24
10 Sun vs Chargers Chargers #16
Won 24-17
11 Mon vs Panthers Panthers #10
Lost 7-9
12 Sun at Falcons Falcons #5
Won 23-0
13 Sun at Cowboys Cowboys #15
Lost 22-29
14 Sun vs Falcons Falcons #5
Won 26-20
15 Sat vs Giants Giants #27
Won 30-27
16 Sat vs Buccaneers Buccaneers #1
Won 28-27
17 Sun at Vikings Vikings #3
Won 24-7

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