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The 2009 Super Bowl Champion Saints were one of the deepest teams I have ever seen play, and that is what made them so good.
They had three good running backs, three consistent wide receivers, and an offensive line that played well despite losing All-Pro left tackle Jammal Brown before the season started.
The defense was able to play well in the Super Bowl, even without starting defensive end Charles Grant. There was a new injury almost every week in the 2009 season, but the Saints just plugged in another guy and they got the job done. I strongly believe that the Saints depth in '09 propelled them to the Super Bowl.
I also feel strongly that this year's team is deeper than the 2009 team.
The Saints do not have three good running backs this year, but they have four great ones. Ivory, Ingram, Thomas, and Sproles can all run between the tackles, burst around the edge, and catch the ball out of the backfield. The Saints have four fantastic receivers and any one of them can hurt an opposing team on any day.
They have a tight end that is playing at an All-Pro level. The Saints offensive line has lost two Pro-Bowl players in Olin Kreutz and Jon Stinchcomb, but has played some amazing football, especially as of late.
The defense has played well throughout the year, and sometimes without the heart and soul of their defense, Jonathan Vilma. They have been able to recover from early injuries and now seem to be playing their best football.
The greatest part about this Saints roster is that they are just about completely healthy, and everyone on the team is hungry for another Super Bowl. Combine that with the talent on the team, and that equates to great odds for the 2011 Saints.