As the 2014 season inches closer, speculation has begun about what kind of year the New Orleans Saints will have.
New Orleans advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs last season before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. It’s been a very busy offseason for general manager Mickey Loomis and the Saints, as they’ve made a number of changes that should improve their squad.
The front office kicked off the offseason with a bang by handing several long-time contributors their walking papers. Some of these veterans were popular with fans, but it wasn’t feasible to keep them in black and gold—largely for salary cap reasons.
The Saints then utilized free agency and the draft to re-stock their cupboard with a host of talented players. Next year’s squad will certainly have a different look, but New Orleans should be a substantially improved team on both sides of the ball.
Following are four bold predictions for the Saints’ 2014 campaign, along with four slightly less bold prognostications. It's unlikely that they'll all play out exactly as scripted here, but each one of these predictions are well within the realm of possibility for the upcoming season.