discounting injury and illness, which player do you think holds the biggest key to a successful season (1 Viewer)

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assuming we are healthy (I know its something you can almost assume the opposite but all teams face it) which player do you think holds the biggest key to our success.

Offense should be better than what was already good. Oline is better, receivers are better, backs are solid

Defense, we will be solid against the run and we should generate pass rush if Dav is healthy. We have some linebackers if we could ever keep them on the field.

So assuming Latt plays all year then it comes down to Janoris Jenkins for me. He could have an outstanding season and we could be a top 6 or 7 defense, maybe even better.

But if he struggles...

That is the player I will be watching the closest I think.
 

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My instinct is to name Drew because he truly is the guy who makes things run on offense. However, I do believe, as has been noted, that it is the OL, particularly Ruiz and McCoy who are needed to give him time to find his outstanding receivers.
 
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I’m perplexed by those saying it’s Drew although it’s probably just different ways of interpreting the question. I didn’t aim for it to be, who is the most important or it likely would always be Drew. And I’m stating that we are fairly healthy so I’m assuming that Brees is playing in his usual manner. And yet, he has played outstanding in years and we have come up short of success for other reasons. It’s not likely that he could improve much more at this point to make up for others so, though he is the most important part of the puzzle, he isn’t necessarily the biggest key to having success where it has not been recently found.
 

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On defense, I’d say Davenport. Any kind of pass rush support off the edge would be great

On offense, it’s whoever plays center this year, McCoy or Ruiz. You protect the middle of the line, that means good things for the run and the pass.
 
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Barring Injury, all of our Saints players will finish the season uninjured.
It’s a discussion topic which is kind of what Is done on discussion forums. Or used to be. If the reason for stating that isn’t obvious enough it’s because you can’t discuss injuries that haven’t happened yet. Concerns about depth is another great topic and it’s one we discuss at length, on other threads.
 
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Since QBs can single-handedly win or lose games by untimely mistakes, going to say Brees. Aside from QB, I think Davenport, Emmanual Sanders, and both of the Jenkins are all good choices.
 

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