What caused the Saints’ poor start and is there a solution? – nicholls value

Heading into the 2022 NFL season, pundits have picked the New Orleans Saints as a team that would make a deep playoff run and deservedly so.

The Saints’ front office made a splash in the offseason acquiring players like Louisiana natives Tyrann Mathieu and Jarvis Landry. They also drafted a stud wide receiver in Chris Olave in last year’s draft.

Although they added a few key acquisitions to the roster, the team suffered the biggest loss when longtime head coach Sean Payton decided to retire after the 2021 season.

All eyes turned to former defensive coordinator Dennis Allen who became Payton’s successor. Fast forward to today and the Saints are eight games into the season; here’s how they compared to the rest of the league:

  • 3-5 records
  • 253.1 passing yards per game (Ranked 8e globally)
  • 141.3 rushing yards per game (Ranked 8e globally)
  • 394.4 yards per game (Ranked 5e globally)
  • 172 points allowed (Ranked 21st globally)

When you look at these stats, the Saints are doing well offensively, so it may lead you to think, “Why is the team struggling?” Let me tell you why and how they can turn things around.

In my opinion, the injury bug is the main reason the Saints haven’t lived up to their expectations so far. The team expected big production from receivers Jarvis Landry and Michael Thomas, but the duo only played three games together.

Jameis Winston, who was the starting quarterback to start the season, only played three games before Andy Dalton replaced him and has now claimed the starting quarterback role.

So, truth be told, the numbers look good for the Saints offensively, but they haven’t yet found the continuity needed to succeed in the league. They also don’t benefit from missing Week 14, as they need healthy players now to be able to string together some wins.

Injuries also help me point out another issue for the Saints: defense.

Defensively, the Saints were not the unit we expected. They’ve been one of the league’s best in recent years, but this year they’re bottom in the league in every stat category. I think the reason is that the depth at the cornerback position is relatively low.

With injuries to Marshon Lattimore, Bradley Roby and Paulson Adebo throughout the season, no one really rose from the pack to fill those voids, but the team got some decent production from rookie Alontae Taylor and veteran Chris Harris, Jr. recently. .

I also think they lack the presence of Marcus Williams at the safety post. Both Tyrann Mathieu and Marcus Maye were great additions to help Williams’ loss, but in my opinion neither played to the level we’re used to seeing from them.

The saints are not far away. They are currently tied for second in the division and are one game away from the division lead.

If this team can get healthy and secure the secondary, surely they can win a division that has underperformed so far this season.

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