Far be it for me to say that the Saints have replicated the same type of team that brought the Lombardi Trophy home to New Orleans for the first time in franchise history, but I'll be damned if they haven't tried. It's damn near eerily reminiscent to the team that started off 13-0. Sure, Drew Brees is half a decade older. Sure, the wide receiving core has proved next to nothing. However, the offensive line is solidified. A trio of talented running backs looks to be sharing the load. There is young talent at linebacker. A defensive line chomping at the bit to redeem themselves for last season. A secondary that has all the talent, but just needs to prove itself on the field. Lastly, they have added a former All-Pro player that can bring talent and leadership to this team.
Do I think Kevin Williams can have a similar impact to what Darren Sharper (the football player, not the rapist, yes they are different people) brought to the team in 2009? Well...no, but that's only because Darren Sharper had possibly the single best year that an aging veteran safety has ever had. Williams can certainly provide depth at a position that can use it. He still has the talent to be a great player in this league, albeit with a lesser role given his age. At the very least he should be able to institute a wealth of knowledge amongst the crop of young interior defensive linemen. This looks like a solid addition to a more than solid team. Let's hope the quality of the team on paper can transition well onto the field. Either way, it can't possible be as bad as last year. WHO DAT!?!
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