You May Think The Saints' Wideouts Can't Possibly Get Any Better, But Don't Mention That To Curtis Johnson
For clarification purposes, Curtis Johnson was the New Orleans Saints wide receivers' coach from 2006-2011. I'm sure you know what that means, but let me enlighten you in case your brain is already in the midst of that offseason fog. You see, 2009 happens to fall within that time span and it also happens to be a year in which a receiving core that was made up a previously slippery-fingered 2nd round pick (Devery Henderson), the latest of 7th round picks (Marques Colston), and an undrafted free agent (Lance Moore) manned the outside on a Super Bowl Championship offense.
Pretty awesome, right? But wait, it gets better. Remember 2011? You know, the year Drew Brees lit the goddamn league on fire, was robbed on an MVP, and was about 2-3 stupid Gregg Williams all-out blitzes away from heading to an NFC Championship Game in the SuperDome? In case your short term memory is shot, the guy who was helping to orchestrate that passing game was none other than that very same Curtis Johnson. Yup, the one who just signed on to come back to the place where he made his mark and this time he's being blessed with the youngest, most dynamic trio of pass catchers in the entire NFL.
I know, I can't believe it either. It took Michael Thomas no more than one year to prove his potential is limitless, Brandin Cooks is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons, and Willie Snead managed to turn in a second consecutive campaign in which he was one more big game away from hitting the very same milestone. That cast of talent in now going to be under the tutelage of a man who helped to put a ring on the finger of the slightly lesser (all due respect) players that came before them. Obviously I certainly wouldn't say that having inexperienced or under-coached weapons is what hindered the Saints' this year, but it sure is nice to know that they once again employ the man that has proven - time and time again - that he can get the most out of those weapons. It might be truly frightening for other teams to find out what that happens to be, but I'm getting goddamn giddy just thinking about it. Out with the old and in with the older, because if there is any assistant who it hurt to lose throughout the years it was Curtis Johnson and I would venture to guess he's coming back to prove the first stint was no fluke.