I've watched thousands of games in my lifetime and this game had Seattle all over the writing. All aspects favored the Seahawks, from scoring at random, defensive TD, holding the Saints to punting, to receiving the ball to start the second half. For some teams regardless on the score, at least they would have a chance on receiving the ball to start the 2nd half to get something going, but being down 20 points without the ball is very tough. Then 27 early in the 3rd quarter is even more difficult, BUT it is never impossible, compared to this years Patriots HUGE comeback in the second half vs. the Broncos. In football it happens periododically. Just in recent NFL.com news, it said " The Saints were down but not out". So for the Seahawks, the chances of repeating that similar play style if they play the Saints again are extremely slim, I hope the Seahawks continue their good work and make to the playoff's to play the Saints in round 2, because lightning will not strike the same spot twice, it will be a complete different story come playoff time, Seahawks being eliminating time where ever they play.
Now it's time for the Saints to take on their division rivals (Panthers) that mean business. But the question is can the Panthers take care of business or could it be back to the drawing board come Monday morning, when New Orleans plays some angry football. The Saints will the Panthers with a sense of urgency, to stay ahead of the Panther for division leading rights. The one an only crucial major factor is stopping Cam Newton. If they don't the Panthers could play a competive game to the end. Steve Smith well be contained by man coverage with over the top help from the Free Safety. Saints will play a balanced game with their commitee of players. Saints win 34-16, by stopping Mr. Newton.
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The Saints will dominate and crush the entire NFL league. Too all 31 teams out there, be afraid be very afraid!!. The Saints can repeat with another championship title after a three year lapse, just like the New York Giants did in their three year absence. Can you imagine the Saints 1st string offense playing the entire game? It could get ugly in some games, some may say that they are running up points. I bet the Saints will have the (highest-scoring-winning-margin-percentage) in the entire league after all 16 games. It could realistically look like 13 points a game. With that stat, they will rank the highest. Ask any coach if he would be happy if this could happen. He'll be flabbergasted by winning in a comfortable style. Saints folk's, Lets analyst all three preseason games. In the first game vs. the Chiefs, it was simply getting back to football. The first unit on both sides did fair, but not fair enough to get the lead and hold it. The 2nd and 3rd string units won the game. Nothing negative was taken after that game. In game 2, it was a complete opposite against the Raiders. The Saints all across the board played well, well enough to have a 23-0 lead. If the first unit played the entire game, the Raiders wouldn't have had a chance to make a late run. The defense pressured the Raiders with the 3-4 most of the game, which was highly efficient. Which I was hoping they would have imploded the 3-4 vs. the Texans since they had so much success in game 2. But they ran more 4-3 and 5-2 against Matt Schaub with Ben Tate. Maybe the Saints were still in trial mode with running more 4-3. But being behind in the game, they stayed composed and got back in the game with a sense of urgency. They went to bail out man Pierre Thomas for a big 51 yard touchdown pass. The Texans defense never saw the play coming. A quick pass to Thomas hit the Texans at the right time. The Saints hardly ever go to Thomas on those routes. But Coach Payton and Brees have special designed plays, solely for crucial times. Being down by 10 or more, they will call plays that defenses will never guess on. Key insertions of players will be the difference maker. Look for a lot of quick passes to get that for sure first down or TD. For Drew Brees and the offense, it was just a matter of time when they made the correct adjustments in scoring. The defense stayed composed and played well enough to hold the Texans to field goals while the offense continued to make strides in catching the Texans for the lead then surpassing them, then holding on to a 1 point lead before halftime. Job well done after being down 10 early in the game. The strongest points for the Texans were Schaub to Andre Johnson. They pretty much had their way. Maybe the Saints need to double up on key Wide-Outs or switch Roman Harper on bigger players on some plays.
The 1st string offense is key on playing team ball. They are an unselfish group, whatever for the ring. The defensive positioning will be in perfect form on situational plays. On some plays on 1st and 10, the 3-4 deployment will create corner pressure that all Quarter-Backs will have to respect and watch each and every play. When the ball is hiked, the QB will see the first push of 3 D-linemen, then the next infantry of 4 will be the closeout crushers on all Quarter-backs and the running game. With defensive line leader Will Smith hurt for the season, this is the Saints main big blow. He will be back for the Superbowl when the Saints get there. With the pick up of Parys Haralson, it could help out a lot. He's not Will Smith, but he hasn't played for a while and could play with a (go-for-broke-style) entering his 8 year. The Saints will not have any problems since losing Victor Butler for the season. They will play at full strength regardless. Butler never got a shot, so the Saints never knew what they had or what they didn't in Butler. In this game of football, all players are professionals and will step up and step in the starting role. They will play their position to the fullest and play well. The Saints will not suffer at all by losing Butler. With Cameron Jordan being the main man now, he'll be the key in the defensive push. Then in the second push of 4, led by veteran Johnathon Vilma, and Line-Backer co-captain Curtis Lofton, they should make a huge difference. Their IQ awareness will be at its best in reading the run or short 8 - 12 yard passes. They will be the middle stuffers. The 3-4 won't work much against the Falcons in week 1 because Matt Ryan is a pure passer. Look for a lot of 4-3 plays run against the Falcons, mainly because of newly acquired Steven Jackson. You have to respect Jackson and his hard running ability. The Saints will beat the Falcons with their offense because the Falcons secondary is undersized. Brees will go to significant receiver's, with a simple catch and turn plays. But the 3-4 will be highly effective against the Cardinals in week 3, and the Bears in week 5, also the Jets in week 9, and against the 49ers in week 11, then the Seahawks in week 13, finally against the Panthers in both games late in the season. It will still work against the Buccaneers with a mix-up ratio of the 3-4 and 4-3. More like 50/50 total in the game. Josh Freeman is a good passer, with some mobility so he'll be hit with a blend of both 3-4 and 4-3 plays. So in the Saints 16 total games, 7 games will be a dominate performance of the 3-4 deployment. Other games will be a mix-up of plays. Maybe if the Saints are leading in any games, then you'll see more 3-4 plays run at any team hoping to demoralize them with constant corner blitzes. The Saints Corner's and Safeties (will do their jobs). Led by Saint Superbowl 44 Soldier's Jabeer Greer, Malcolm Jenkins, and Roman Harper, the Saints all star cast. And also with 4 key players; Keenan Lewis, Patrick Robinson, Rafael Bush, and rookie talent Kenny Vaccaro as back up's, they can fluctuate in and out of the game, and completely take a Quarter-back out of the game by shutting him out.. Coach Sean Payton will completely leave it to Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan to run the shots. Ryan will throw several Blitzs scheme's at teams. He may even run three straight blitzes to shut a team down with a 4 and out. If a team does manage to get a few first downs, you may see 4-6 consecutive blitzes. Some of, off the corner with Roman Harper on the QBS blind side, some with inside stunt blitzes with Curtis Lofton. With Lofton, if provides pressure to the QB or the perfect run stop. With Harper, he'll play the freelance roamer in space similar to Troy Polamula, and Ed Reed's style. And get toss up interceptions. Look for Harper to get a lot of interceptions this season due to his role of playing midfield catcher ( Just like in Baseball). It will look like pop-flies. With the pressure that will be applied running the 3-4, it will create a hurry up play for Quarter-backs. It will completely throw all timing plays off, receiver's won't be able to complete their routes to where the ball is going. They will be so focused on running their routes and blind to where the ball is. It will be too late when they realize that the ball has been intercepted, and it's going the other way. Harper will play where Darren Sharper left off, like in the big year win. Sharper did finished tied with Charles Woodson of 9 INT's that year. This is now Harper's year. Key focus for the defense is, get the ball and score or get the ball back in any fashion, turnovers and a lot of 4 and outs. The Chicago Bears led a few stats in defense last year, mainly the most important is takeaways. This year the Saints will claim that spot. Could the Saints possibly be ranked #1 in offense and #1defense. It could be.
Now far the so dominate offense. Drew Brees will play a mix up game style, with corresponding play calls from Coach Payton, they Saints will play the perfect games, similar to their perfectly played Superbowl 44 game. Watch out the rest of the league, the Saints will play every game like its the Superbowl! Some game you don't lose. Looking back at that Superbowl, the Saints had full control of that game, after being down 10. If the Saints were to struggle in their first few possessions, then the simple adjustments will be made, maybe an extra help chip block from Saints big Tight-end, Jimmy Graham. In some games, Graham's presence will be more of a personal bodyguard for Brees. In some games, other players will shine more than others. Some games Lance (the Hands) Moore could go off. I think Marques Colston will make the Pro Bowl this year. He will be healthy during the season and be one of Brees' main targets. Since Saint great Deverly Henderson is gone, it gives Colston that lead roll at wideout. Look for Brees to hit Colston on a lot of perfectly planned quick slant routes of 12 - 16 yards. He is bigger than most corner's can handle, he's too quick for most Line-Backers. The Line-Backers will mostly cover the Saints Tight-Ends. Some say Graham is the best Tight-End in the game. So most teams will be watching Graham and watching Moore. Nick Toon will make and hold a spot since Dan Morgan went out. Too bad for Morgan, his time was going to shine, he'll be back.
Now to the running game, the team with the most depth at the Running-Back position. The Saints RB core does wonders.
The Definition of Grip
I remember our Saint Soldier Chris Reis, and that hold-on-grip he made on recovering the onside kick in our big Superbowl win. When the kick went down, Chris must have said " If Hank Baskett doesn't expect it, I will crash into that mix and get that ball". Which he did, after Baskett muffed the kick, he crashed in and got a hold of the ball and the battle began. It must have been an all out war under the pile up once the rest of Saints and Colts joined in. For Reis, it must have appeared to be a 45 minute ordeal. It was like he was battling a lion, make it 2 lions. He would have torn a bicep from grasping the ball, by fighting several Colts players trying to strip the ball free from him. When he came up from the pile up with the ball, he had a distraught look of war on his face, a war that he did indeed win. His hair was shocked like lighting hit him, his gasping for breath was like he was under water for an hour. Reis appeared to stagger a little as if a train hit him, but in the end he held on. Respect to Chris Reis, a true Saint Soldier.
This is the true meaning of Grip
The Saints offense will be that explosive powerhouse that will run the league again. Captain of the team, Drew Brees will play at his highest level. A smart pre game plan with in game adjustments will give Brees a low percentage of interceptions this year. A smarter Brees will play a style of better decisions on top of already good decisions. Watch Brees take a sack more, then throwing the ball when the defense breaches through the offensive lines of containment. Why? It simply doesn't give the ball over to the opposition on their terms. The Saints will punt the ball (if necessary) on their own terms. Pro Bowler Thomas Morstead will do a superior job with his long distance, directional punts. Then (BIG BRO - The Defense) will take over, and run the shots after that. Drew Brees' best friend is other points, points that are scored in other ways. It's nice when Pierre (The Tank) Thomas can hit the hole hard for a big 65 yard touchdown right up the middle. But even on that play Brees still involved in the play by handing the ball off. So for (BIG BRO - The Defense), it would be that extra bonus of an interception pick 6 to compile points. If the defense can put up points Wow! watch out rest of the leaguers.
In the 9 games the Saints lost, most of the games they kept a close game. If they were down by 14 points or fewer, they always had a chance to score again, making it a game again only down by a few points. Winning reach was never too far. Football is sometimes so unpredictable, anything could happen at any given time.
There's been a lot debate in the NFL, regarding who would you rather have making that Superbowl winning touchdown pass. I tell you who! Mr. Drew Brees. The highest completion thrower in history. He tops all current NFL quarterback's like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers, and even prior great QB's like Dan Fouts, Johnny Unitas, and Joe Montana. Brees is the most accurate. I want the ball in the hands that have the highest percentage of putting that ball right in my numbers on a late (comeback cross route) from 22 yards out with 0:01 left to win the Superbowl. A precision thrower, just like archery, bullseye, X marks the spot. Brees' passes are spot on. This link has the proof http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVoqA-LKGb4
So say Brees and company are dictating a game with an 8 point lead, if (BIG BRO - The Defense) can add extra points in stretching the lead, it would be that extra booster making it a more comfortable easier game, and break the morale of the opposition, and an easier win in the end. In last season, division rivals the Falcons ran off 8 straight games, until they met their streak breaker, the Saints. But the Saints ran off 13 straight games in 09-10, solidifying themselves as the best, then went on to win the ultimate game, and proven to be the best.
With the Saints new revamped offensive game plan, with the big 3 running backs Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Mark Ingram. We should see a more complete (pass - run) ratio. (This will only be determined at the end of the season for all yardage totals). Some games will pass more to mix the game plan up, by keeping the defenses guessing all day on which player will be getting the ball. I do think and know the Saints know their only flaw, and plan on correcting it. By fixing the problem of constant RB switches. It's not the easiest to detect, but it's sure not the hardest either. To see Mark Ingram inserted on 3rd down after Thomas had it on first, then Sproles on 2nd. It's almost a give away. Defense plays the situational style. The style of guessing on the best play to contain a team on a 3rd and 4 to go on the rival teams 35 yard line. The defense will be waiting to bring an all out jam the hole on Ingram. The Saints must fix this. Each game will all be different, so an exact game plan need's to be foreseen. Certain defenses require a mix up of ball distribution, some could simply be a run the ball down your throat each time, with all RBS having a great day. Maybe Thomas would go for 72 yards on 10 carries. Sproles would get 64 yards on 8-9 carries, with Ingram running off 58 yards on 7-8 carries. The Saints run game could easily surpass 200 yards on the ground, with a speedster like Sproles, and the power run game from Thomas, grinding out extra yards not allowing anything to stop him. And with Ingram running downhill (hard-nose-bama-style) behind lead clear out blocker Jed Collins. I think the Saints will do a lot of damage by utilizing Collins more with the clear out. Similar like back in the day with (Ace Deuce and plenty of use McAllister), when he ran behind clear out train Terrell Smith. Those were the days of (smash-mouth) running for the Saints. But lately the NFL has become a passing league, some exceptions like the Ravens with Ray Rice. But from time to time a power run game will work to win. This is the main purpose, winning football games, all the way to the last game the BIG BOWL. In any game that the Saints are in a leading position, then they could simply run the ball more, 1st to keep the clock running, then 2nd add additional points to extend the lead in solidifying an easier win with a high morale state of mind, then on to the next game and game plan.
The Saints players are an unselfish bunch, whatever for the ring. ( Do you think Terrell Owens and Randy Moss in their inner mind care about their individuals stats now or that most gratifying achieved ring that they never were able to capture, they would trade it all in). In some games, maybe Coach Sean Payton will let his left hand man Pierre Thomas run his own shots. Give Thomas his jersey # of carries 23, and be memorized on Sportscenter on his highlights. Thomas could easily go for 167 yards on 23 attempts, WOW! This could send a huge statement to all other 31 teams, that the Saints are the best offensive team again, and are in the top 5 in the run game.
We remember last year losing 3 games straight, first to the 49ers a game we should have won, but that's behind us. Then losing to the Falcons which the Falcons deserved, that win was their get back at the Saints for stopping their 8 game winning streak, and they also they stopped Brees' consecutive touchdown streak. Ok the Saints split game with the Falcons. Ok, next losing an embarrassing game to the Giants. Then the Saints came back with the highest amount pride to redeem themselves by crushing the Buccaneers in a shut out 41-0. That sort of statement is a showing of dominance. The Saints will look at every game that way. The Saints will have Brees throwing touchdowns to WRS, RBS will be scoring, both sides of the special teams department (BIG BRO) will be contributing their part, putting up points here and there. Field goal kickers will be putting up points, and the defense will be adding points. The Saints (Fab-Five) units will all contribute to become serious Superbowl contenders this year. Because of overall team involvement of compounding points. Some games could get out of hand, a few games could be complete shutouts. If the Saints win 2 games in a shutout, then another statement will be made to the entire NFL.
So far the rest of the NFL 31 teams, be afraid! be very afraid!! The Saints will march right through all teams. The Saints have the most depth in offensive than any team in the league. The running game is deep with Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram. Then the receiving core is spot on with Lance (hands) Moore, Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham, Courtney Roby, and Joe Morgan, and several players in Brees' mix up of the game plan. Similar is our title run in 09-10, the Saints are again the (powerhouse) in the NFL league.
The Resurgent New Saints
The Saints will have instant success with newly acquired Rob Ryan. Ryan's deployment of the 3-4 will fit right in. By hiring Ryan it was the 2nd to the last piece of the puzzle to big time Saints winning. Like winning several games in a row style, similar in our title run year of 13 straight, Wow 13 we did that. We could easily open the season by winning a few straight games sending a huge statement.
This is why his 3-4 will work, compared to a 4-3 you have 4 tacklers trying to react to make a tackle with 5 offensive linemen impeding them from making an all out 100% tackle on the RB in the middle. So for 4 tacklers with their hands full of 5 linemen the other 3 LBS will have a chance to move up to make an uninterrupted all arms free tackle. So for a 3-4 the percentage is higher in preventing short yardage gains, it's the simple specs of the game. Since in a 4-3 design, the front 4 are outnumber anyway, so why not just run 3 tacklers at them giving the 4 LBS time to come up and make that uninterrupted tackle opposed to just 3 LBS committing to jamming the middle for no or short yards. I rather go with a quicker LB core of 4 in the 3-4, than 4 slower tacklers in the 4-3. If a RB gets through the middle at least you have 4 out of 7 players reacting on the 2nd level, (ex. not to many times Mario Williams will catch Ray Rice at the 2nd level, but at least Brian Urlacker would have a shot at Rice before he hits the 3rd level, then it’s on the corners and safeties.)
The design between the 4-3 / 3-4 works on certain teams. ( When the Saints schedule comes out I will narrow it down to which defensive play will be suitable for that team.) So for teams that cater to the run like the Vikings, Ravens, and Bears, then a 4-3 is your play 70% of the time, the game plan in advance would be watch the run when Adrian Peterson is in. But a 3-4 is designed to stop passing QB’S that less mobile like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, and Matt Schaub. When a defense rushes just 3 it gives the other 4 a chance to react to a run or short pass that's thrown just over the reach of a defensive linemen. The 2nd level of 4 would cover an 8 yard diameter side by side, that's 32 yards sideline to sideline of coverage and about 6-7 yards behind the ball spot. Since defenders have to honor the 5 yard rule of no touching, then on a pass play they'll be in their ready zone of HANDS ON when a receiver attempts to make a play.
The problem with our former Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo last year was he didn’t know when to call the right play at the exact time. True it is defense, and you're guessing on what play the opposition is contemplating, so maybe we should call it guesfense, because with some offenses your playing the guessing game the whole time. Lets say Spagnuolo ran 45 defensive plays in a full game, 25 were the 3-4, out of 25 plays maybe 12 or 13 were utilized correctly, the other negative plays teams made the Saints pay. The other 20 plays were the 4-3, I’d say 13 out of 20 were successful, Spagnuolo’s problem was he ran his philosophy game plan each and every week with no adjustments for each team. At his rate of total successful plays he ranked 50/50, which is good in guessing the right defensive play, but at this professional level of the NFL 50% won’t cut it, you have to have at least a 58% to 63% successful defensive stoppage a game. Lets face it, if the perfect defensive play was called and a player or players missed the tackle giving up a 59 yard touchdown up the middle, then that’s not on the D-coordinator. So for Ryan’s aggressiveness, it just might be the problem solver, say he calls 30 3-4 plays in a total of 45 vs. a team like the Giants. Say in 20 plays 30 will work, that’s 66 good percent of play calling, and the other plays ran at the 4-3 maybe half will work, at that rate the defense has managed to hit its achievable set percentage mark of 58% to 63%.
Now that the Saints have that baboon bounty curse off their back (we hope) it’s time to get over last year of trying to win it all and do whats never been done by winning the big one at home. Lets rebuild our first and third level of defense, which the organization is currently seeking I see. Just two positions are vital for change to become successful again. That’s at the Tackle position, and a Free Safety spot, with these accounted for it's the last piece of the puzzle. Some adjustments need to be made on who plays what position. With the lost of Sedrick Ellis currently, we need attention at getting a pass rusher in order to get back to winning title success. Two guys I wouldn't mind seeing as a Saint, the first would be Julius Peppers, he's quick and strong and has a lot left with 11 years under his belt, plus the Bears losing Brian Urlacker, and with Charles Tillman aging and the loss of Lovie Smith, the club will be in disarray. So maybe Peppers may want out to get with a serious contender. All those years of playing the Saints maybe it's time to join them. If he could win a ring with the Saints, then maybe he would retire like Michael Strahan, and recent Super bowl winner Ray Lewis. The other guy would be 9 year veteran Jared Allen, this guy is a monster that would do very well with several other players complementing him each play. With his pass rushing ability and his height to deflect passes it would be a big bonus for the Saints. A crucial ball deflection on a 3rd and 7 is big. Why not Allen, he would play with the team that took his Super bowl dream away, what's the saying, "If you can't beat them then join em." Both Peppers and Allen don't have that deserving ring, so their play style will be a go-for-broke attitude and whatever for the ring. They're two prime players still available now, 11 year vet and 1 time champ Mr. Dwight Freeney, and 13 year pro John Abraham. Both guys know their good, so they're waiting for teams to contact them, several big name teams have taken an interest with these two players, I see Umenyiora signed with the Falcons, he would have been a good pick up as well. Saints lets make our move in seeking one of these players. These pro players pride have a lot to do with not showing interest in the teams, the Saints have the top offensive firepower, and it will be proven again. So they'll be a heavy contender if anyone decides to show interest. If the Saints contacted them, then they'll be just delighted and honored that the Saints want them, and they'll probably sign. Freeney could join the team that stole his 2nd ring right off his finger. The other player that's given Drew some tough times is John Abraham. This 13 year pro has a lot left, he'll be ready for the start of the season, after his ankle injury last year. I say the Falcons solely lost to the 49ers because he was not playing, what a difference a player makes, if interested he could meet up with his former teammate Curtis Lofton again.
I rank Julius Peppers, Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, Osi Umenyiora, and John Abraham in the same best player category.
The Saints never really got any pressure on any QB pretty much of all 16 games last year. But I must say and give credit for, is the defensive play in the red zone. The defense was the best of the best with a shorter field behind them. Week in and week out I would watch the Saints bring that (11 man slam the hole) steel curtain defense that stops anybody on any down, especially 4th down. Teams beat us with simple small trickery plays, that's why we ranked last in defense because of improper play deployment.
So for now lets give thanks to all players that contributed in winning our big bowl 4 years back. But for some their time is up. Because for some players that make it to the top of the mountain, their hard quest to get back is not always there. Their performance lacks, and it shows during game play. The highest respect for Roman Harper but maybe his time is up. I think the Saints know that, that's why Tracy Porter's name has surfaced, man I hope we could get our boy back. And also Nnamdi Asomugha is in on the matter, it looks like the decision is on him to become a Saint or a 49er. I remember 2 years back when the 0-6 Rams hosted the Saints. And during one play in the game the Rams had the ball deep in Saints territory, and after the ball was hiked the play resulted in being a bust, and the referee had blown the play dead. Roman Harper assumed the play was still live and picked up what he thought was a fumble around the Saints goal line and started running down field, Sam Bradford took chase after him all the way down the field until Harper (himself) ran out of bounds. If he didn't Bradford would have caught him. After the play they showed Harper gasping for breath, just gasping away, then he got some oxygen for help. I mean c'mon man a QB chasing down a safety, that shouldn't happen, it just shouldn't. ( Check the clip out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H84nK2lSw7E. The time has maybe come for him, sorry brah, but we’ve seen several good players depart in years and it's always tough seeing them leave. But the Saints have to remember, bigger and brighter winning Superbowls are ahead, so they'll do whatever needs to be done. We all get older and slower, at any age in football it could happen, some players quit after a few years, do too sports downsides of injuries, conditioning, traveling, relocating families and other reasons they have. We don' t keep up with the guys who quit early, guys that don't make the team or on the practice squad. People quit after 3-4 years or some make it to 14-17 years, I'd say the average life span in the NFL is around 10-12 years now because of injuries, also knowledge of complications in long term play, or just the plain simple truth is some players are never really with a team that has a serious chance to ever win the ultimate.
The Saints need to shift the secondary around, if we get Porter or Asomugha then they need to be our FS, and shift Malcolm Jenkins to SS with Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, and newly acquired Keenan Lewis all at there original CB post. We need to have another Darren Sharper out there playing the freelance role intercepting balls and taking them in for 6 points. A safety that plays like Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed. Figure it's an 11 on 11 game, once the QB gets rid of the ball the play involving them is finished, so for defense you now have that extra man to play all over and wherever they need to be. How many times have we seen Polamalu read a QB and jump a route? Also, times when he would disappear on the blind side of a QB, just behind his tackle and then run up and make a behind the line of scrimmage tackle, or a big sack, or even a big turnover. We need this freelance roaming safety to play like this.
The best defensive play known to man is the Tampa-2, but for now it's the Saints-2. This play was solely designed to stop a running QB like Mick Vick. John Gruden imploded this play to keep Vick contained and force him to pass. The Saints-1 is the big play that keeps all runners in front of the last defender to eliminate big yards and touchdowns, I would rather have a guy running up to make the tackle then chasing the receiver, also when a defender runs up and cannot make the tackle then maybe they can impede the RB just enough for the rest to the troops to run down the RB and tackle him. For a defense to play there best game plan, they need to show the same play 70% of the time to disguise the offenses from picking up to what they are doing. It will be a sign of no intimidation style, this is what we're doing over and over, and we're going to get to the QB each and every time. Once the offense hikes the ball then the defense can audible out into a full zone and maybe be in the right place at the right time since the ball is coming out anyway, a simple pull the tackle out will work from time to time just like it did for James Harrison when he took Kurt Warner's pass to the house. Harrison is another good player for a front line; also more players out there that still have a good push left is DeAngelo Hall, Ronde Barber, Charles Woodson. Darrelle Revis will probably stay put, the Jets management is playing with him, he should stay, more so on his terms, the Jets management will give in.
So for the Saints, lets get a Freeney or Abraham on the line and have Porter or Asomugha playing in the take away zone. Who Dat 4 life SuperSaintD
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