The 2013 season has been a revealing one for the New Orleans Saints. For what once looked like a cakewalk to the NFC South's divisional crown has now ended up resembling a trek through the muddy waters of the Bayou.
After starting out 6-0, with many of those wins coming in emphatic fashion, the Saints finished the season with an 11-5 record and must now spend the playoffs on the road. Although all fans consider this season a much more enjoyable one than last season's 7-9 debacle, one can't help but wonder how the results of the disappointing finish were derived.
Personnel-wise, the Saints are as talented as ever in a majority of spots on both sides of the ball. They have gritty competitors with unwavering talent. Conversely, the Saints have talent that didn't quite live up to expectations as well.
The Saints have a ton of positives to hang their hats on. Conversely, there are a few areas where they should hang their heads.
Let's see what stood out. Here are the complete roster grades from the 2013 regular season.
Note: Players are graded on the standard scale. Higher grades are given for splash plays (TDs, INTs, sacks, etc.) and proper technique. Conversely, lower grades are given for turnovers and improper technique.