The New Orleans Saints’ 50th NFL season ended with a loud thud against the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday. Despite a furious 19-point 4th quarter comeback, the Saints lost 38-32 in a game that was sort of a microcosm of the entire 2016 season: falling behind early, only to rally yet fall agonizingly short of their goal.
Despite a third consecutive (7-9) finish to their season, New Orleans did show some signs that point to a potentially bright 2017.
Over the next week, the Big Easy Believer will recap the 2016 season in different articles, as the team prepares to continue building upon a young roster with Free Agency and the NFL Draft.
Our first in this series will be our end-of-the-season awards, which will cover team MVP, Offensive and Defensive player of the year, Rookie of the Year, Most Inspirational, Most Popular, and Most Disliked.
We also have included the “Best” and “Worst” moments of the entire 2016 season, as determined by Saints fans throughout Social Media forums such as Facebook, Twitter, and Message Board sites such as our good friends over at Saints Report.com.
Additionally, they were also factors such as analytics (Pro Football Focus for example), statistics, and of course their impact on the 2016 season.
So with that in mind, let’s go ahead and hand out our 2016 season team awards for the New Orleans Saints.
And we’ll start with a man who needs no introduction….