NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FOOTBALL TALK IS BACK
"In recent talked about news," can the New Orleans Saints win another title?
Speaking directly to their (Captain) Drew Brees, "yes they can win another title!" Brees seemed fervent and spoke with confidence about New Orleans chances of winning another ring. Statistically viewing their team's history and positive rankings, they have a strong chance to make a mammoth impact. Perhaps they should be heavily guarded as a top 5 favorite entering the season, on and off paper!
With a Hall of Famer (Drew Brees) still at the helm, along with a Saint's revamped offense that looks to continue to be a powerhouse again (possibly more dominate than last year.) New Orleans could have a record breaking season on the offensive side of things. Regardless of the Saint's unsatisfied 2014 season, they still ranked "#1 in offense!" "Teams must respect this statistic!" Brees is still a (top 6) QB easily between, Peyton and Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Ben Roethlisberger. Some critics will have opinions, which the order could fluctuate (up or down.)
Drew Brees can resurrect his career with a Superbowl win this year! In Brees' era of battling Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, Brees finds himself as a runner-up to a runner-up. With Brady owning all rights with 4 "questionable" rings on 6 "questionable" Superbowl appearances, with some "questionable" records, Brady has the era won. Next, is Manning winning 1/3 of his Superbowl attempts, giving Manning a rank over Brees due to more SB appearances and some records held. The intriguing aspect is that Brees owns Manning head-to-head winning Superbowl 44. So if Brees were to capture another title (2 for 2) then automatically he would rank atop Manning and then have Brady in his sights. It could be a matter since Brees is the youngest of the three class-men, entering his 15th season vs Brady's 16th season and Manning's 18th season. Brees has the youth factor on his side.
When listing teams in "power rankings" to get to the Superbowl, just maybe the entire league should keep a close eye on the Saints and most should even "fear them!" Fear them like their legendary 2009-2010 Superbowl campaign. Because easily to could happen again "this year!"
Part #1 SAINTS' OFFENSE:
New Orleans offensive ground attack consists of a winning combination featuring starting RBs; (Mark Ingram, CJ Spiller, then Khiry Robinson, Tim Hightower and 7th round pick Marcus Murphy) ! But if any unfortunate injury were to occur to any RB, thus impacting the team's chemistry of every piece of the puzzle accounted for. Then maybe New Orleans will not forget PT 23. Possibly they'll give Pierre Thomas the call! Look at Frank Gore with Indianapolis, he's probably going to start at RB entering his 11th year. Gore came close to a ring, but Thomas won a Superbowl now entering his 9th year. "Where's the logic for New Orleans?" For all other 31 teams, no luck. Thomas' loyalty lies as a Saint, and he'll probably never take the field again as "otherwise."
Compared to the Saint's championship roster, Mark Ingram is the new Mike Bell (the Hole Hitter.) CJ Spiller and Khiry Robinson will share roles of Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush (the Space Agers) when they get into space they're gone!
For Ingram, if he can play his role exactly when with Alabama, by crashing the middle "Bama style" then New Orleans will have a dynamic, forceful run game. With Ingram's last year statistics validating he's the man, Brees can entrust that his new, right-hand man (Ingram) can and will get the job done.
With newcomer CJ Spiller and the exciting run style he brings, look and expect wonders with the game plan Coach Sean Payton executes.
The receiving core consisting of Saints all-time great, veteran Marques Colston, speedster Nick Toon, and last year's rookie standout Brandin Cooks. Colston looks to be a Saint (4 life) and is trusted by his counterpart (Drew Brees) like twin brothers. Toon looks to be the new Lance Moore based on how he played last year. With a solid fundamental style by Toon (having great hands) Brees should look for Toon on short slant routes and WR screen-passes. Cooks looks to bounce back after a season ending wrist injury. Before sidelined, Cooks led all rookies in receiving and was having an outstanding year. He also has the breakaway speed to gain "big yards." For New Orleans, their sole purpose is winning, seeking ultimate success is the only big picture. So for Drew Brees, he'll have several players complementing his passing yardage each game, and throughout the season. Offensive records could fall!
With the TE position filled with Josh Hill replacing departed Jimmy Graham, that position should be accounted for 100% with "no sleep lost." Jimmy Graham was an excellent player as a Saint and will be for some time in his career. But his stint has ended with New Orleans and all that came with it. Graham played the game more on the "offensive side" of things, then playing as a great blocker on plays that didn't involve him (the Randy Moss way, instead of the Saints' committee style.) When playing football, it's not just the physical side of the game (get the ball, run, and score.) It's being an intellectual, savvy player that possesses NFL skills to make quick IQ decisions. Just maybe a higher acumen by Graham in the 2012 divisional game vs. San Francisco could have extended the Saint's season. With an intelligent thought on Graham's behalf, to take a knee at the 1 inch line, then kill the clock on running plays with hopes to score, "not" giving the ball back for a resulting game eliminating touchdown from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis. Many would have taken the chance on four consecutive downs if necessary with the running game. (What the Seahawks should of done, instead of the "most foolhardy play" ever called in NFL history.)
Josh Hill plays his "discipline skill" to the max, by New Orleans committee style. So he'll be ready and awaiting the ball on any pass selections and also prepared for any other vital roles when his number is called. In Hill's new starting role, teams won't have an educated guess if he's getting the ball unlike when Jimmy Graham got "Red Flagged" when he entered into the game. The same philosophy went for Pierre Thomas. With Thomas' repertoire in his "great" days teams "Red Flagged" him as well, that's why his numbers fell, because defense's had and "all-out" run stop on Thomas. But (TE) Hill will play as an incognito player, until teams figure him out and what the Saints are doing, by that time New Orleans may have switched up their look to continue their guessing scheme for teams.
The entire roster of Skill Disciplined players will compliment Brees beyond his expectations. A quarterbacks best friend is "points scored by whomever." If it's his RBs running home big 77 yard TDs, or his defense creating havoc induced turnovers and bonus scoring, or Special Teams adding back-breaking, bonus points. It's the bonus points that "finish games" that QBs love!
(coming soon Part #2 SAINT'S DEFENSE:
If the New Orleans' defense can measure up to their 2009-2010 Superbowl season without malevolent actions. They could provide staggering numbers (points) to help elevate the team into winning on their terms. Every team's practice squad defense vs the offense plays demented, and aggressive at times for competitiveness. It's all for the betterment of the team. But when game time arrives, defenses strive on scoring more points than what the offense can provide...........)
RESIGN PIERRE THOMAS FOR 1 YEAR NOW! NEGOTIATE A REASONABLE CONTRACT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF BOTH PARTIES! THE SAINTS MUST GET HIM BACK NOW TO WIN SUPERBOWL 50!
Release or trade 3rd string (RB) Khiry Robinson or (RB) Edwin Baker, and (RB) Tim Hightower in exchange for ex. Co-Captain PT 23! Thomas is a must to re obtain for a shot at leasing the Lombardi Trophy again. Drew Brees will continue to be the Saint's leader with Pierre Thomas as his Dynamic Duel. New Orleans retained a Superbowl hero in Robert Meachem two consecutive years. They should do it again with Thomas, "because of the importance he served then and the importance he could serve again." If Drew Brees were to ever purchase a $100,000 Rolex for any player as a gift, it would be for his "right-hand man, Pierre Thomas!" "Then maybe Tracy Porter too!"
(BRING BACK PORTER NOW TOO)!
What does Drew Brees offense gain and lose in their offensive transitions? Just about 50/50.
#1 The big hit was losing Pierre Thomas, (a must to resign him) while he is still available. Thomas is "Saint 4 life" and "his loyalty" is shown by not showing any interest in playing for any other team but his team! What the public does not know is, teams have reached out, but Thomas is declining any and every offer. He plays for 1 team, he may even retire before he wears a rival (enemy) helmet.
#2 They lose a great hands receiver in Jimmy Graham. His play style in football is at an excelled level, he's playing 100% every game. Graham adds an intimidating posture about himself to mentally and physically weaken a rival's morale with dominating strength.
#3 Not much will be affected by trading Kenny Stills, the next man up in (Joe Morgan) to fill the void.
They still have an excelled receiving core in "all-time great" Marques Colston, Nick Toon, and 2014 top draft pick (Brandon Cook,) with Joe Morgan filling in the 4th spot on the depth chart. Also starting TE Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill will cover in Jimmy Graham's absence. With an extreme rising number of professional athletes performing at excelled levels in football and other sports. There's a time when all players become expendable and will be replaced. So when a team loses a great player to whatever reason in NFL bargaining. "The the next man up! In the game of football there's players awaiting a chance to play for a serious Superbowl contender, some never get close, some get a few playoff wins in their career stint but never the big one. Everyone must be ready to play.
New Orleans run attack looks magisterial! With Mark Ingram tagged as the Saints #1 RB, he is their "uphill power-back now!" New Orleans will execute C.J. Spiller on "toss-out" and "bubble screen" passes. Bring PT 23 for that backup RB, and several deception plays.
Getting Max Unger in the deal was a good move in the direction of attack the Saints are seeking, a powerful run game! With Unger a mid sized 6'5" 305 pound (Center) he fits the role perfectly, his speed and size is ideal for his fitting position. His role in New Orleans will be the exact same as with Seattle. Two specific plays will be ordered (Max Run-Block) for clear out purposes, and (Max Protect) playing as a personal bodyguard on pass plays for Drew Brees.
With Max Unger playing direct center on a Saints I-Formation power run, with Mark Ingram as the (Deep Back) awaiting the ball, with Erik Lorig set to "bulldoze" anything in his path. So having Max Unger plowing the first level, then bringing in Lorig to "clean house" on the second blow, that finally gives Ingram a path of 6-8 yards a play. Can you imagine the ground dominance New Orleans can produce, thus taking some pressure off of Drew Brees' shoulders. In that case, first down will be more feasible than expected. With teams honoring Brees' passing capabilities, easy yards will be earned. Think about if Deuce McAllister ran behind Terrelle Smith with Max Unger at the first level.
"It's like having two fullbacks!"
The (C) position could be argued by some to be the most important position out of all 11 players. The (Center) handles the football first creating a level of credence, that puts a team at full mercy on entrusting that the job is completed each play to avoid any wrongful errors. Every player has a discipline, for Max Unger it is football security, then plow or protect after Drew Brees gets the ball.
The Saint's Best:
The Saint's offensive statistics were incredible, better than the rest of the league. They were ranked #1 overall. It's evident the offense is explosive and will persevere as the NFL best again with a few fine tune adjustments. New Orleans is in their last rebuilding mode playing around Drew Brees. Accompanying Brees from jump street in 06, just Marques Colston, Jahri Evans, and Thomas Morestead remain.
The only focus is addressing the defensive side "immensely." The Saints need players on defense that want to hit and tackle and be a specialist at it. New Orleans lack of defense resulted in the 2nd worst record in the league. The primary cause was "NON TACKLING!" Why does it appear that opposition RBs seem to have "career record breaking" days playing the Saints. Too many times we see RBs running for big yards, that is absolutely unacceptable. That's why it's imperative to stiffen the defense!
When draft day comes, we shall see what direction New Orleans OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE ratio goes. Signs are indicating the Saints will cater more on the defensive aspect, focusing on young athletic players to play backup for the 1st level of infiltrators. To provide a consistent level of pressure each and every time to sack or disrupt the quarterback for positive results.
New Orleans will be a serious contender next year! By dominating on offense and defense.
Please Commissioner Roger Goodell lets have NEW ENGLAND HOST NEW ORLEANS IN THIS SEASON'S OPENER!
"The Definition of Effort"
I remember Saint (Soldier) Chris Reis, and that ever so famous effort he made on recovering the onside kick in the 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 ahold of the ball and the battle began. It must have been an "all out war" under the pileup once the rest of the 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 so excessively, by fighting several Colts trying to strip the ball free from him. When he came up from the pileup 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 lightning hit him, his gasping for breath was like he was under water for an hour. Reis appeared to stagger a little as if a "freight train hit him," but in the end he "held on!" "Respect to Chris Reis, a true Saint Soldier."
"This is the true meaning of Effort!"
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