Originally written on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 11/19/14
My name is Andrew Doyle, and I am a die-hard Saints fan. I am unlike most other Saints fans  that I know personally in the fact that I keep up with everything related to the Saints. I keep up with team needs, who should get drafted and or signed, and when I can, I keep up with stats and team rankings. A couple thoughts from this past season: 1. The defense. Enough said. I agreed with the firing of Steve Spagnuolo due in part that there were some players saying it was his way or no way at all. Once that kind of barrier is broken, there will always be some sort of bad blood in the building. 2. Sean Payton's absence definitely hurt us. I've always told people who think coaching is a bit overrated that it's an essential part, and the 2012 Saints proved me right.  3. Our offense. Somewhat inconsistent over the course of the season, but much to look forward to now that the season is over.     Regarding the Off-season:   - The Saints probably won't be able to make an extreme splash in free agency this year due to cap reasons, but I think we could free up some space by doing the following: - Release or Restructure Jonathan Vilma's contract: He's due to make a ton of money this year, and it can't help us to keep his contract the way that it is. He's on the decline in his career, and he wasn't ever the same Jonathan Vilma as we've seen in the past, last year. - Draft/Sign secondary: I think our secondary may be the worst in all of football, with close competition being the Philadelphia Eagles. I have not seen worse safety play in all my life..with the exception of Malcolm Jenkins' hawk-down of VJax.     - Another thought would be that would possibly help us is if we traded Vilma for an extra draft pick to a very LB needy team, such as Detroit, maybe. If we could jettison Vilma for an extra pick, we could potentially get a "diamond-in-the-rough" in the later rounds, as we have proven that we can do. In my honest opinion, Jonathan Vilma's name and intelligence of the game is enough to get him another shot somewhere else where they desperately need LBs.    - I've been playing with this idea, as far as the logistics and all that, and I think Roman Harper would be useful in some LB situations. Hear me out here. In 2011, Roman Harper (under Gregg William's frustratingly blitz-happy defense) racked up a whopping 7.5 sacks. That's insanely high for a DB, especially a Safety who's mostly pretty far away from the QB. He's a good hitter, and he loves to hit. I think that it would be better to use his hard-hitting skills to our advantage, and find some way to replace him at Safety, because..well...he's just not getting it done at that position. Von Miller is 6-3 and 235 lbs. Harper is 6-1 and 200 lbs. It is not completely unfeasible to think that he can't make the switch. It definitely wouldn't be an overnight change, not by any means. All i'm saying is get his feet wet, so-to-speak.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chris Johnson: I’d be a good fit with Cowboys

Dansby on Manziel: 'He's grown up right before our eyes'

Gregg Popovich reportedly makes $11 million per year

Stephen Strasburg is hurt again

Mayweather has message for Pacquiao about injured shoulder

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Has Blake Griffin taken the next step?

Mike Evans liked Winston more than Mariota

Ernie Johnson gives his Emmy to Stuart Scott’s daughters

Titus Young avoids prison, receives probation

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland to golf community

Ex sues Mayweather for $20M for lying in Couric interview

WATCH: Olympian uses javelin to pull out daughter's tooth

The brewing dispute over Alex Rodriguez’s bonuses

NCAA to hold record 42 bowl games next season

Mike Wallace: 'I'm the fastest player in the NFL'

Ty Lawson could be trade target for Celtics

WATCH: Zack Greinke does great bat flip after hitting double

WATCH: Fan uses beer as ice pack after being hit by ball

La'el Collins reportedly has 'airtight alibi' in murder case

WATCH: Stephen Curry nails shot from hallway prior to game

Top eight NFL free agents on the market

No homers, no problem for Cubs' Kris Bryant

Eagles' Chip Kelly & Sam Bradford: In like, but not love

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brewing dispute over A-Rod’s bonuses

Top eight NFL free agents on the market

Eagles' Chip Kelly & Sam Bradford: In like, but not love

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

Chris Bosh on blood clot diagnosis: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

Projecting the All-Star Game rosters

Tiger hasn't slept in three days since Lindsey Vonn breakup

2015 NBA Draft big board, first edition

Eliminate Hack-A-Player: Don't reward violating sports rules

No easy solution to the problem of early NFL draft entrants

What’s next for the Spurs?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.