NEW ORLEANS -- NFL preseason power rankings are out, and there is some discrepancy between opinions.
Here's where the national media is ranking the Saints and what they are saying about the Saints going into the regular season:
NFL.COM ranks the Saints 21st
“Given how cocky Rob Ryan has been, it's difficult to ever feel sorry for the guy. And yet, here comes some sympathy. As the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator last season, he lost half his troops to injury -- which led to the defense forcing no turnovers and allowing gobs of yards. This season, the newly minted New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator already has lost two guys brought over from his Cowboys regime: Victor Butler and Kenyon Coleman. While neither is a premier player, the Saints’ defense needs all the help it can get after giving up 454 points in 2012 (second-worst in the league). And it was a bit worrisome seeing the Kansas City Chiefs starters march 80 yards to pay-dirt on the opening drive of Friday’s preseason opener. Word is Ryan was so desperate for healthy ex- Cowboys that the team signed Patrick Crayton."
CNN/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ranks the Saints 13th
"New Orleans' biggest acquisition after the 2012 season came in getting head coach Sean Payton back. Bringing in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan won't hurt either, after the Saints gave up more yards last year than any other team in NFL history. A still-lethal offense and improved defense should bump up that 7-9 record."
ESPN.GO.COM ranks the Saints 13th
"Rob Ryan wants to bring the blitz back to New Orleans. The Saints sent added pressure on half of drop-backs from 2009-11, most in the league."
CBSSPORTS ranks the Saints 11th
“Sean Payton makes a difference and this offense will put up lots of points. The defense under Rob Ryan doesn't have to win games but it can't lose games with too much gambling. They need to create more turnovers.”