The warning received by the national media to investigate the violation of the Saints in New Orleans is easy to understand. Most observers are still not convinced that Jameis Winston is the man for the franchise, Sean Payton is no more, and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael is left with the most responsibility he has had in his 22 -year NFL career.
Those concerns are passed on to the new CBS sports offensive rankings, where the Saints are placed third among NFL offenses. They were placed as the 16th best offense in the entire league, putting them directly in the middle.
Regarding third -level teams, Jared Dubin of CBS Sports said this:
“We can consider this tier an‘ above-average, but not quite great ’group. With one exception, they all have quarterbacks who are between good and very good. They all have above-average or better offensive lines, play-callers, and pass-catchers. None of them had a hole to run back. But these teams also don’t have to have elite units, other than the Colts (Jonathan Taylor), Vikings (Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison), and 49ers (Kyle Shanahan).
I agree that right now we can’t call the Saints a big sin, on paper they have potential, but it has to be played out before anyone can say it completely. I also agree not to call the running back room elite. There’s Alvin Kamara, and he’s himself an elite running back, but outside of him it’s questionable. Mark Ingram has always been a fan favorite, but he was 33 years old before the playoffs began. The Saints may need another player near the bottom of the depth chart to appear this season.
With the rest of the NFC South, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are listed as the league’s best offense while the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta falcons are placed at level five. The Falcons have a small edge, though, being ranked 28th while the Panthers are ranked 30th. Not sure as things seem to be in New Orleans, better to underestimate than to dismiss altogether.