Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/24/12
1.       When they are on the Saints can beat anyone.The Saints looked good the last two weeks. They destroyed the Bucs last week and they beat a hot Dallas Cowboy team on the road. Drew Brees, when not throwing interceptions, is out of this world. Even though this team isn’t going to make the playoffs they are still an offensive juggernaut. Brees leads the NFL with 4781 passing yards and 39 total TD’s. He is the main reason why this team is competitive.2.       The Saints need to fix their defense.If the Saints had a halfway decent defense they would be in the playoffs. Their defense ranks dead last in the league allowing a total of 434 YDS per game. They rank next to last in passing defense and 29th in rushing defense. With Brees at the helm this team will always have a chance to win. If the Saints want to be taken seriously as a Super Bowl contender they must address their porous defense this offseason.3.       Tony Romo is a championship caliber QB.Bash Romo all you want. He got off to a really bad start this season but since Halloween the Cowboys have only lost three games. It’s usually the other way around for the Pokes. If you watched yesterday’s game the Cowboy offense seemed to sleepwalk through the game while the Cowboy defense, riddled with injuries, gave up over 500 YDS. Even sleepwalking Romo put up over 400 YDS of offense and threw 4 TD’s. He hasn’t made a crucial mistake in a while.  Considering Romo has one of the worst offensive lines I’ve seen in years I give him a lot of credit for putting up the stats he has: 4865 YDS and 26 TD’s. This with no running game (they rank next to last in the NFL in rushing) and Romo running for his life half of the time. If the Cowboys want to compete next year they need to replace at least 4 of their starting offensive linemen in free agency and the draft.4.         Norv Turner would be a perfect fit in Dallas next year.Win or lose Sunday night Dallas Head Coach Jason Garrett apparently has done enough to keep his job. One thing they should really consider doing is bring in an offensive coordinator to call plays and just let Garrett coach. He’s a young coach and is learning but he has made his share of coaching mistakes that cost the Cowboys games. Garret’s play-call is also predictable at times. I believe Garrett can grow as a coach with a good coordinator. Turner hasn’t been a good head coach but he is a hell of a good coordinator who can really help Garrett in his coaching progression and the Dallas Cowboys offense in 2013.5.       Coaches in the NFL earn their salary and a good coach is worth his weight in gold. The main reason why the Saints aren’t going to the playoffs is a bad defense (like I mentioned above). The other reason is the 0-4 start. That I believe has a lot to do with the suspensions of coaches Shawn Payton and Joe Vitt. The absence of both coaches was reflected in the Saints performance all season. While they did get Vitt back and the offense really picked up, the Saints haven’t been the same team they were in the last few years. The Saints performance in 2012 proves that having a good coach really does have an impact on a football team. Especially in the NFL today. 
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