4 straight division titles have not extra up to postseason achievement.
Sean Payton’s crew has gained the NFC South every of the past 4 seasons. But irrespective of a blended 49-15 history because 2017, the New Orleans Saints have nonetheless to get back to the Tremendous Bowl and only achieved the convention championship video game once. And in each and every of the last 3 decades, the club’s period ended with a dwelling playoff setback.
And 2020 experienced to be notably irritating when you look at that the Saints experienced swept the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throughout the typical season but then fell at the Superdome to the exact club in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, 30-20.
Now Payton’s club shares the division with a reigning Tremendous Bowl winner. And it is no secret that this franchise has some operate to do when it comes to the salary cap and retaining some of their individual totally free brokers (see Spotrac). So what can the Saints do to maintain their 4-12 months playoff streak alive?
5. CB Jason McCourty (New England Patriots)
The New Orleans Saints’ go defense was a blended bag this past time. Granted, Dennis Allen’s unit permitted the fifth-fewest aerial yards for each sport. But the NFC South champions surrendered 28 touchdown passes, 19 of these in the club’s first 7 video games and 10 in their final six contests – which include the playoff break up with the Bears and Buccaneers.
Jason McCourty performed in all 16 video games for the New England Patriots in 2020 and designed 11 starts off. He concluded with 41 defensive stops and a few passes defensed. A sixth-spherical pick of the Titans in 2009, the 12-12 months pro has a complete of 23 takeaways and returned three of all those miscues for scores. And he could arrive cheap.