Just a few days of mandatory minicamp, and then Dennis Allen and the New Orleans Saints will take their final break before the 2024 season begins in earnest with training camp in late July. There certainly are more questions than answers, as Klint Kubiak installs a new offense, and we still don’t know three of the five pieces on the line outside of Erik McCoy at center and Cesar Ruiz at right guard.

And what about the aging defensive line? Can the linebackers step up, and could Willie Gay be a diamond in the rough? Is the defensive backfield the strength of the team? All questions Jim Derry poses to WWL Radio Saints/NFL analyst Mike Detillier on Monday’s Dattitude Podcast (Ep. 249) presented by Evangeline Securities.

And Jim finishes the show with a booming ‘Extra Point,’ as he goes back 28 years to the greatest home run in LSU history – a game-winning blast by Warren Morris in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, a runner on third base and the Tigers trailing the mighty Miami Hurricanes by one run. It was Morris’ only home run in 1996, and really, the only one he needed to hit.

Dattitude with Jim Derry · State of the Saints - an early 2024 outlook with Mike Detillier on Ep. 249

CHAPTERS

0:00 Introduction

4:50 Opening thoughts on NBA Finals

10:35 Mike Detillier joins show; Drew Brees

18:40 Saints offensive line

30:15 Saints defensive line

36:30 Is Willie Gay a keeper?

39:40 Marshon Lattimore

42:15 Kool-Aid McKinstry, DBs

48:20 NFL offseason thoughts

1:02:50 Dennis Allen, Saints predictions

1:15:00 Post interview

1:19:45 Extra Point, 1996: Warren Morris’ HR

1:22:30 Final thoughts

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Jim Derry is the host of the Dattitude Podcast. Member of Times-Picayune staff since 1990. Catch the pod live or on demand on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and X. Jim can be reached at jderry@theadvocate.com or on X @JimDerryJr.