A new era begins this Sunday for the New Orleans Saints. This will be the first time in more than 15 years that future Hall of Fame member Drew Brees will not be the starting quarterback.
New Saints QB Jameis Winston has big shoes to fill this season and all eyes will be on the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter.
Saints head coach Sean Payton has his work cut out for him in 2021 after losing several incumbents due to salary cap issues.
Things didn’t get any easier for the team after Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans last week and forced their first game against the Green Bay Packers to be moved to Jacksonville.
A regular in the playoffs in recent seasons, the Saints will fail to qualify for the NFC playoffs this campaign.
Why the Saints won’t make it to the NFL playoffs
Here are three reasons New Orleans will miss the playoffs in 2021/22:
# 1 – the quarterback
Sean Payton and the Saints’ front office have great faith in Jameis Winston to lead the team this season.
Winston failed on his first stint as an NFL starter with the Bucs. Although he had a cannon for his arm, he was prone to basic errors and did not take care of the ball.
The Saints can’t afford turnovers with their weak defense this season and unfortunately for Saints fans, that’s exactly what Winston will provide.
Substitute QB Taysom Hill doesn’t offer much more than a mobile runner who has yet to show he can pass the ball effectively in the NFL.
# 2 – lack of depth
Due to the lower salary cap due to the pandemic, the New Orleans Saints found themselves forced to get rid of several rookie players.
This has left them extremely thin in many positions, especially in defense. They can’t afford any injuries, but that’s just not realistic in the NFL today.
New Orleans will also start the season without star receiver Michael Thomas, who is still recovering from ankle surgery.
# 3 – The Buccaneers of Tampa Bay
The Saints play in the NFC South Division, which also includes defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
New Orleans has led the division for several years, but those days are over. The Bucs have a squad filled with superstars and are the favorites to win the NFC again this season.
See the two Division clashes as victories for the Buccaneers, which puts immense pressure on the Saints to win their other games in the Division.
The 2021/22 season will not be unforgettable for Saints fans.