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Saints offense not picking up slack for league’s worst D

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It’s easy to point the finger at one side of the ball — when it’s the worst in the league.

But the Saints say they could do more when they have the ball to make things easier as well.

We’ve always won games 40-30-something,” quarterback Drew Brees said, via Bradley Handwerger of WWL-TV. “The way I look at it is we’re a 30-40 point a game offense. So, regardless of what’s happening on the defensive side of the ball, I know that our execution needs to be what our standard is.”

At the moment, the Saints are sixth in the league in scoring, averaging 27.1 points per game.

But when the defense is on pace to shatter the league’s all-time record for yards allowed in a season, that’s no longer enough.

The fact they’re last in the league in rushing offense complicates matters, but the Saints have always figured out a way to work around that.

“We’re used to being more productive than we’ve been this year,” right tackle Zach Strief said. “A lot of that is attributed to our inability to have balance.

“It makes things harder on everybody. So it continues to be a focus. It continues to be something that we’re working very hard at. Obviously we’re not there yet. It’s certainly not something that we’ve given up on or that we have decided we’re not good enough to do.  We just have to figure out the right pieces and get the running game more consistent.”

It’s almost like they’re missing something, a certain guy who knew when to call the right play at the right time, maybe.

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15 Responses to “Saints offense not picking up slack for league’s worst D”
  1. coltzfan166 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:54 AM

    Guess that bounty program really did make a difference

  2. bathroomben7 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:27 PM

    Good ol’ class act Drew Brees, declaring himself a “40 point offense” when the team is floundering and on pace for a 4-12 season. But hey he got to parade around with his record.

  3. gtodriver says: Nov 2, 2012 12:50 PM

    Drew claims the Saints are a 30 – 40 point offense…

    Someone should let him know that they are only a 27 point offense this year.

  4. acoman89 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:52 PM

    luckily for them the eagles dont score points in the first half

  5. packfntk says: Nov 2, 2012 1:01 PM

    Packers did it last year, score more points Brees.

    Joking aside, they need to shore it up a little.

  6. grassmole says: Nov 2, 2012 1:09 PM

    Hey Zach and Drew, grow some balls and try saying, “our coaching staff doesnt call enough running plays to have balance and our defense stays on the field too long. Maybe we should audible to teh run play when Pete keeps calling passing plays”

    Just my 2 cents worth

  7. 4gone says: Nov 2, 2012 1:52 PM

    You are the highest paid player in the league and they can no longer pay to put enough talent around you to be a playoff team. But hey, you got yours.

  8. larryjames836 says: Nov 2, 2012 2:08 PM

    Every team has they up and down year and there is know other teams in the league that been through what the New Orleans Saints going through. Now let’s look at if all this mess talking about this suppose to be bounty program is not true but this team had lost their head coach for a whole year and damage the team ability to play better. But we saying New Orleans Saints is the worst team in the NFL in 2012 so this should tell us all something that the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell dis-assemble the New Orleans Saints on hearsay. (1) this was wrong how can you charge someone with the lest of evidences. (2) then set there and say you don’t need to show proof of evidences. (3) then want to tell a federal court judge what he or she can’t do, this why they has federal court so all you big time organization want try and use your power unfairly. (4) the federal court don’t care if you are the President of the United States of America, they want fairness in your dealing. (5) the public view about the New Orleans Saints you did it stop whinning and take your suspension like a man, wanting someone to accept something that is hearsay and lose they job for a whole year without pay. (6) to the public how would you like for your public justice system to work like the NFL system, you fools will do the samething Vilma and the other players are doing fighting for their rights. CBA rules players don’t have a problem with the CBA rules but both sides must be fair, there are fairness in any job you have just because I’m a owner of a business don’t give me right to say you stole my money when I don’t have proof. I can’t take know one word because that’s not solid enough I need proof, this is all these players are saying they need proof.

  9. daveman8403 says: Nov 2, 2012 2:42 PM

    bathroomben7 & gtodriver

    Bress is saying they are a 30-40 point offense because they usually are (e.g. past years). He is not saying they are at this moment. He is saying the offense needs to do better. In other words, the offense should be putting up 30-40 points (30-40 points offense), but they are not. Learn how to read and comprehend.

  10. jealst says: Nov 2, 2012 3:15 PM

    bathroomben7 says:

    Good ol’ class act Drew Brees, declaring himself a “40 point offense” when the team is floundering and on pace for a 4-12 season. But hey he got to parade around with his record.
    __________________________
    gtodriver says:

    Drew claims the Saints are a 30 – 40 point offense…

    Someone should let him know that they are only a 27 point offense this year.
    ___________________________

    He was comparing the offense’s performances now to what it has been in the past and how no matter how bad the defense performed it didn’t matter because they could always outscore teams… And since you two seem to be part of the “I hate the Who Dat Nation Association” I’m willing to bet you’ve witness a few of those 30-40 burgers. Is it really an insult when you say the Saints are “only” 27 points per game team? One the highest totals in the NFL?

  11. steelerben says: Nov 2, 2012 3:31 PM

    Anyone think that maybe Carl Nicks heading to the Bucs has anything to do with a lack of a running game?

    Yeah, their defense is terrible. And it isn’t like that is a new development. It is a lot easier to win games when your offense is putting up giant numbers and you get to play from the lead all of the time.

    Also, Brees saying that the offense needs to score more is a lot better than him throwing his defense, and his coaches under the bus. He is stepping up and saying that he is going to what he can to do improve the team’s chances to win.

  12. robert831 says: Nov 2, 2012 3:40 PM

    This team should have lost 3 first round picks. One for each year it was proven they cheated. I would even love to see a forced sale and move of the team. LA Taints has a nice ring to it.

  13. daveman8403 says: Nov 2, 2012 4:19 PM

    4gone says:
    Nov 2, 2012 1:52 PM
    You are the highest paid player in the league and they can no longer pay to put enough talent around you to be a playoff team. But hey, you got yours.

    ————————————————————

    You do understand that the first 3 years of Brees’s contract affecta the cap just about the same it has been. It was structured to favor the team, with an option the restructure after 3 years, but I guess you don’t care about that, right? I also suppose the reason they are doing poorly has nothing to do with missing the head coach, assitant coach for 6 games, GM for 8 games, or all the decimating punishments the saints received. get out of here.

  14. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 2, 2012 11:36 PM

    Grassmole and Robert831 need to get a room
    where you can discuss
    how good your team would fare
    if the head coach wasn’t there.

  15. flipadelphia77777 says: Nov 3, 2012 12:00 AM

    Clearly the saints need to get their bounty program back to start winning some games again

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