Fleur-De-Lis Fever | The Saints Five Most Vital Players Not Named Brees

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Published: May 3, 2009


... teams.  General manager Mickey Loomis has been forced to be creative with limited cap space. 

The Saints have an explosive offense that features Marques Colston, Reggie Bush, and Jeremy Shockey among others.  The defense has new pieces on all three levels.  After two years of getting torched repeatedly for long gains, the secondary may now be a position of strength for the Black and Gold.

There is a lot of optimism among the fleur-de-lis faithful, and for good reason: New Orleans may actually have a good defense to complement one of the league's best offenses.

Obviously, all of this optimism goes out the window if Drew Brees misses significant time.  He is far and away the most important player on the roster.  If he goes down, no one is expecting Joey Harrington to turn into Matt Cassel.

The Saints are going to need more than just Drew Brees, however, to make a serious run at a division title and the Super Bowl.


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