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Will the Saints Look to Upgrade the Safety Position This Offseason?


In a recent item from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Mike Triplett points out that the Saints could be looking in the offseason to upgrade their play at the safety position.

Triplett points out that the current trio of Roman Harper, Kevin Kaesviharn, and Josh Bullocks have combined for three picks, zero forced fumbles, and zero sacks.

But Harper doesn’t think that change is needed. “I think we have a really good group of guys,” he said. “I don’t look at any other defensive backfield and think, ‘Wow, they’re so much better.’

“I think we’ve improved since last year, and I think we’re going to continue to improve. And I think a lot of that comes from just jelling and playing together, you know, having a couple pieces being around each other and learning what this person and that person are thinking. Not just every year, just, ‘Oh man, shake up the pieces. We’ve got to build a new puzzle. Break it up.’”

Still, the process for any team that’s hoping to become competitive is to assess the performance in all phases of the game, look for opportunities to upgrade, and decide whether to do it.

But don’t take our word for it. Listen to coach Sean Payton.

“When the season ends, like always, we’ll sit down and begin to evaluate first internally, our own players. That’s not something you just go through quickly, ” Payton said. “We have to look at it like, ‘Do we feel like there’s growth potential? Do we feel like the player is improving?’

“Then after that process takes place we move on to free agency, then the draft.”

That said, quality safeties are hard to come by. Teams that have them tend to keep them, and the really good ones coming out of college require the investment of a draft pick at a spot higher than most teams are comfortable devoting to a safety.

Still, it would be very interesting to see how good the Saints could become if they’d augment that offense with a Troy Polamalu patrolling the defensive secondary.

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