New Orleans Saints as usual were led by quarterback Drew Brees and a high scoring offense. Brees completed over 68 percent of his passes while passing for over 5,000 yards for the third year in a row (NFL record). Head coach Sean Payton is back on the sidelines and with his offensive mind set forms a nice combo with Brees as his quarterback. Brees has learned over the years to take what the defense gives him and call a pass check down to a running back. It showed last season with two running backs catching at least 70 balls. Jimmy Graham has emerged as Brees favorite target especially in the red zone. Graham caught 16 touchdowns in 2013. The Saints will need to find someone to replace the production lost with all-purpose performer Darren Sproles leaving via free agency. More speed is needed to challenge opponents vertically in the passing game.
The defense improved late during the 2013 season. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan uses an attacking pressure defensive scheme. Cameron Jordan (12.5 sacks) and Junior Galette (12 sacks) had break out seasons and help provide the pressure. They added two pieces this off season in hopes that it will boost the secondary's performance in Champ Bailey and safety Jarius Byrd. The defensive front will need to continue to provide pressure and give the new additions in the secondary time to get acclimated to Rob Ryan's scheme. Look below at key additions that could help New Orleans reach another Super Bowl.