The internal gaze is now shifting outward. The last month has been a period of self-evaluation, spent figuring out what pieces fit, which ones do not and what is missing. Now, with the scouting combine on the horizon, the Saints and the rest of league will start putting together a plan on how to address needs. New Orleans doesn't have a lot of work to do. After finishing 11-5 and making the playoffs, the team has a good, young core that should continue to get better and keep the organization competitive. Outside of retaining quarterback Drew Brees, who could become a free agent on March 14, there isn't anything the team has to do. There are, however, a lot of areas where the Saints could stand to get better. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the things we would do if we were in control of the organization. Find someone who can cover tight ends New Orleans is going to have to figure out how to defend against tight ends next season if Vaccaro hits the road. The defense was surprisingly capable in this regard last season, ranking first in the NFL with 577 yards receiving allowed to tight ends last season. Vaccaro, who typically matches up with the league's better offerings at the position, was a catalyst to success. If he departs, there isn't another obvious option to fulfill the role. This hasn't been something Vonn Bell has often been asked to do, and there isn't a clear answer at linebacker, though it's possible Alex Anzalone could be an option.
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The Advocate | Feb 24