We know that the Saints 2008 season is all but over, and the team is going to have to make some changes as it starts to look ahead to 09. Pat Yasinskas over at ESPN.com is putting in his thoughts on some of the moves that the team should start to look at for next season to get back to the top of the division.
Here is a portion of the article:
Does defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs become the scapegoat and take the fall? Maybe, but I don’t think it was the coaching as much as the personnel and lack of defensive depth. The Saints need to blow up their secondary and start from scratch and it would be nice if they could find a guy or two who can actually put pressure on a quarterback.
On offense, we mentioned the running back situation, but what about tight end Jeremy Shockey? The guy’s a talent, but he didn’t produce much. Maybe it was because of his injuries or maybe it’s time to move on. On special teams, it’s time for the Saints to invest in a solid kicker and a solid punter and not go through a season cutting and signing guys.
Across the board, it looks like the Saints, who came into the season looking like the NFC South’s most talented team, need change. They might as well start making plans now.
He’s right, they might as well start thinking about 09. Click HERE to read the entire piece from Yasinskas.