1 WHAT WE LEARNED

The Saints ended the season the way they started it — by being flawed. New Orleans came out flat, looked like it was going to lay down, but came through in the end to win the game. They got away with it against a poor opponent. That kind of football, as we’ve seen all year, does not work against quality opponents. These are issues this team is going to have to solve this offseason if it wants its postseason exile to only last a single season.

2 TRENDING NOW

Changes are coming. Who will fall on the sword is not yet known, but there will be multiple blades for multiple victims. The status quo is not going to work. Once the Saints arrive back home, coach Sean Payton will turn his attention toward the future and start laying out his blueprint. Several people currently part of the program will end up on the wrong side of the ledger. And that includes both players and coaches.

3 FINAL THOUGHTS

As good as Drew Brees is and how much this team relies on his arm, he was part of the problem far too often this season. He’s lucky that Sunday’s three-interception performance did not force this team to end its season on a sour note. At some point, he’s going to have to realize that a patient, steady approach is the best way to get back in a game when things are not going his way. Forcing the issue only forces you into mistakes.

-- Nick Underhill