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Doug Farrar

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I've been watching the Saints this preseason, and reviewing their offseason moves, and I'm impressed enough to say that they might be ready to finish what they started when they made it to the NFC Championship game at the end of their miracle 2006 season. Drew Brees has had an amazing run of productivity over the last few seasons, that ugly four-game start in 2007 notwithstanding, and Jeremy Shockey adds to a potentially explosive group of receivers.

Defense was the obvious problem last year -- acquiring former Colts cornerback Jason David was a mistake, as David has proven unable to handle man-on-man coverage instead of the zone schemes preferred by Tony Dungy's team -- but second-round pick Tracy Porter is a speedy cornerback with great recovery ability who already looks better than David did last year. Bobby McCray, Sedrick Ellis and Jonathan Vilma have been added to seriously upgrade the front seven.

The big question is the running game. If Deuce McAllister can stay healthy, providing Reggie Bush with the counterattack he needs to avoid getting caught up in traffic, that should be the kicker. In an NFC that seems as wide open as it has ever been, the Saints could very well have what it takes to meet the AFC's best in Super Bowl XLIII.

By Doug Farrar  |  September 2, 2008; 9:24 AM ET  | Category:  Emil Steiner , Indianapolis Colts , NFL , New Orleans Saints , Reggie Bush , Super Bowl , Tony Dungy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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