Linville: New Orleans' offense is clearly designed to get the ball out as quickly as possible.
Also Linville (in same thread): Wow look at this scrub Teddy not throwing it downfield more often!
It's almost like an offensive scheme designed around a 40-year-old QB, heavily featuring Kamara and Thomas doesn't include a ton of deep shots...hmm. More than 80% of the Saints' completions went to running backs, tight ends, and Michael Thomas (who is hardly a deep threat). I mean this is pretty basic Football 101 stuff.
Tepper doesn't want to weather the profit loss that would come with really starting over. Let the franchise star walk, overpay an intriguing enough replacement so that fans don't completely check out as you rebuild. I hate that this comparison keeps applying but Jordan tried the same with the Hornets.
McCaffery played a huge part too I'm sure. Runningbacks already have shortened careers and CMC may especially due to heavy usage. Full rebuild means wasting some of his best years and who knows how many we're working with.