While the New Orleans Saints ranked at the top of the league in yardage during the 2014 NFL season, the team fell short on defense, which cost them a chance to compete in the playoffs. However, the 2015 season looks promising for the Saints, according to USA Today, which published an article in July highlighting changes the team has made in the off-season.
1. During the 2014 season, quarterback Drew Brees had little opportunity to step up in the pocket because the offensive line was weak. The team now has three powerful offensive tackles, one of whom can play as a guard, providing Brees better protection and more chances to throw from inside the pocket.
2. The Saints traded linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and acquired cornerback Brandon Browner. In addition, the team used its second first-round draft pick to sign Stephone Anthony, who will strengthen the linebacking corps.
3. Hau'oli Kikaha joins the team’s defensive line. Having made 19 sacks during his final season with the University of Washington, he is expected to perform well as a pass rusher.