2. The New Orleans Saints are without a quarterback and possible a head coach
The best-case scenario at the quarterback position for New Orleans is they are somehow able to fix the impossible cap hole they are in and bring back Jameis Winston. That is the best-case scenario for a team that is attempting to extend their Super Bowl window post-Drew Brees.
New Orleans clearly has the better defense and offensive line and yet Atlanta beat them once this season. With an inferior quarterback and in an even worse cap situation it is only going to get worse for the Saints this off-season.
Head coach Sean Payton has made it known he isn’t committed to coming back to the Saints next season. If Payton leaves it is going to likely be a full rebuild for a team that has the worst cap situation in the entire league.
Even if Payton opts to stay Atlanta is going to have a decided advantage at the quarterback position and a full off-season with more ability to improve. It is hard to see New Orleans making any impactful moves this off-season aside from working the cap to retain their current talent.
The Saints like the Panthers are headed in the wrong direction leaving the window cracked open for Matt Ryan and the Falcons.