Training camp is slowly approaching, and there’s a sense of optimism among Saints fans once again. However, for this football team to go any further this season, they must accomplish four daunting tasks that could make or break their season.
1. The Defense Needs to Step Up to the Plate this Season.
The Achilles heel of this franchise for the last two seasons has been their defense’s inability to be successful on a weekly basis. The team has been at the bottom of every statistical category when it comes to playing defense in the National Football League. Those stats must reverse in 2016 if the Saints want to succeed this season. The Saints 2016 regular season will be the toughest that we have seen in years, if they do not figure out how to stop opposing offenses this season, we could see another 7-9 campaign or worse for this ball club.
2. They Must have At Least Split the Season Series With the Carolina Panthers.
The Carolina Panthers became the first team to win the NFC South Title three consecutive seasons in a row. They have also been a stumbling block for the Saints in the last three years in the division. On the bright side of the situation, the Saints were the only team to give the Carolina Panthers competitive ball games on two different occasions in 2015. If they want to have a fighter’s chance of winning the division in 2016, they must at least split the season series against Cam Newton and the Panthers this season.
3. The Offensive Line Must Protect Drew Brees At All Times.
I believe that protecting Drew Brees is crucial for the team’s success in 2016. To go along with the ball club needing quality play from the defense, keeping Drew Brees upright will be one of this team’s top priorities going into next year.
4. The Teams Needs A Viable Option At the Field Kicker Position.
Sean Payton and the Saints front office have done a terrible job of finding legitimate field goal kickers that can help the team in times of need. To mitigate those issues with the kicking game, the Saints went out and signed free-agent kicker Josh Scobee, who spent 11 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to Nola.Com Scobee has hit 92.5 percent of his field goals in his career. It is tough for Saints fans to witness Drew Brees work his magic with 0.47 left on the clock only to see a ruined opportunity by the field goal kicker to seal the deal.
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