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Sean Payton: Defense, run game led to Brees’ troubles in 2012

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees led the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2012, so suggestions that he had a bad year would be hard to take seriously.

But the lowest completion percentage of his tenure with the Saints and 19 interceptions make it fair to say that it wasn’t as good as other years. While discussing any troubles Brees experienced last season, coach Sean Payton said that he didn’t see any mechanical differences in Brees last year that would explain why he was less successful. Payton instead pointed to the running game and the defense as the reasons why Brees was a bit more erratic than usual.

“When you tell me a team is last in the league in defense and last in the running game (25th in yards per game when all was said and done), I’m telling you the quarterback’s job description is entirely different,” Payton said, via Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I’m telling you he’s having to play and press and try to do certain things that his counterpart may not have to do based on the way that team is running the ball or playing defense. That’s the first thing that I saw. You get one-dimensional, you find yourself in these games where you’re not controlling the game.”

Payton said there were times last season when he was shouting at the television while watching an offense that he didn’t think was running the ball enough in the early part of the season. It was something that changed once Joe Vitt returned from his suspension, but you’d expect to more balance from the get-go in 2013 now that Payton’s back in charge.

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34 Responses to “Sean Payton: Defense, run game led to Brees’ troubles in 2012”
  1. tommysaint1 says: Mar 21, 2013 5:47 PM

    Sean Payton knows football and he’s right.

    Drew was put in a position to force passes all year. It’s pretty amazing to have one of the top (if not the top) offense and still go 7-9.

  2. nineroutsider says: Mar 21, 2013 5:51 PM

    Payton will have them back to where they were. Even with all of the bounty crap (which I don’t hang on Payton anyway), he is one of the best coaches in the league. He will whip that team back into shape and have them running and passing in the top 5 again.

    The only reason I say anything is because I respect the way he quietly served his suspension but I’m not sure he fully deserved it. I do know that he deserves to be called one of the best coaches in the game and Atlanta isn’t going to win that division in early November which will be very helpful to other NFC teams…

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 21, 2013 5:53 PM

    He did really well for a little guy.

  4. bartlettruss says: Mar 21, 2013 5:54 PM

    Drew gets the Tom Brady award for Coddled QB of the Year.

  5. nviverson says: Mar 21, 2013 5:59 PM

    It will continue to get worse for Bees if they don’t get a good running game. Its easier to defend a team that is one dimensional.

  6. coltzfan166 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:06 PM

    The defense sucked because they weren’t able to implement the system that had worked for them the three years before

  7. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Mar 21, 2013 6:09 PM

    Brees throws a lot of picks regardless of the run game or shabby defense. I’d want him on my team in a heartbeat but he does throw costly picks at inopportune moments.

  8. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:18 PM

    You can’t win games when your team’s identity is pussified.

  9. numberoneinthehoodg says: Mar 21, 2013 6:31 PM

    Totally chin nuts on Payton’s side.

  10. randyschwimmer7 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:35 PM

    Yet everyone makes it a point to say how great the Saints running backs are. But yeah, Drew Brees does no wrong. Definitely doesn’t hurt the Saints salary cap situation.

  11. numberoneinthehoodg says: Mar 21, 2013 6:42 PM

    How about saying as a head coach, I let him and the team down. I should have been there but due to my lack of control, I failed him, them, and the fans of the team!

  12. djbleedthestar says: Mar 21, 2013 6:49 PM

    This is the same thing that plagues Tony Romo every year as well

  13. kabmaforlife says: Mar 21, 2013 6:58 PM

    It was off but not in characteristic of a drew Brees year…he had similar numbers back in 07 and 08.

    For most 2012 drew was fantastic…I didn’t see him choke until the San Fran game where he threw two very critical picks that pretty much costed us the game and our shot at the play offs.

    He came back the next week against Atlanta and threw 5 picks. The Defense played well that game and the running game was on. But Drew still managed to fluster…maybe he was trying to hard, but either one of these two games could have kept our hopes up for a playoff run. Instead we were forced to begin thinking about the next year.

    Drew has several games in which he threw 5 picks, but none more memorable than that Atlanta loss…I still feel that one.

    He is still a great QB and im hoping he will get another a ring before he retires!

  14. infectorman says: Mar 21, 2013 7:19 PM

    New England had far and away the best offense.
    557 points 67 TD’s.

    Denver second with 481 points and 57 TD’s
    NO was third with 461 points and 58 TD’s

    That said, Brees should have focused on working to play w/o his HC instead of whining about it all year

  15. kabmaforlife says: Mar 21, 2013 7:28 PM

    Not fair…Brady is in a class of his own. Lol. He’s just unreal…think he only had like 7 pucks

  16. axespray says: Mar 21, 2013 7:36 PM

    Rodgers went 15-1 with the worst defense in the league – had over 40 touchdowns – less than 10 turnovers… Highest QB rating for a season in NFL History…

    Yet Saints fans trash on him in 2011…
    meanwhile Brees went 7-9.

  17. emperorzero says: Mar 21, 2013 7:41 PM

    Bad defense…no run game…yet Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to a 15-1 record. Just sayin’.

  18. kabmaforlife says: Mar 21, 2013 7:43 PM

    Picks!

  19. kabmaforlife says: Mar 21, 2013 7:48 PM

    How can anyone trash Rogers…they started the season with one of the worse records. And they almost went to the Super Bowl. I can see people hate him because he’s him.

  20. biggestsaintsfanever says: Mar 21, 2013 8:01 PM

    Bad defense…no run game…yet Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to a 15-1 record. Just sayin’.

    ——————————————————————-
    Wasn’t their HC, Asst HC, and GM present at all 16 games?

  21. leightonbreard says: Mar 21, 2013 8:02 PM

    GOD ALL Y’ALL #WHODAT HATERS NEED TO WAKE UP Y’ALL HAD Y’ALLs LAUGH NOW IT’S OUR TURN WATCH NO CRASH JERSEY IN FEB! Besides all the hate is useless cause we’ve dealt with worse! Saints were made a public mockery it was NFL Public Posturing for legal purposes without concrete evidence, but with monetary motives it had nothing to do with player safety more like NFL LIABILITY of “negative public perception” So NFL found a way to point the finger back at the players say see y’all could care less about safety! So #bountygate had to be real and have happened becausefor evidence against the pwere

  22. turtlehut says: Mar 21, 2013 8:12 PM

    From a Purdue guy: It is not Drew’s fault and he is still waiting for an explanation on why the NFL powers made him look bad!

  23. chiefin says: Mar 21, 2013 9:33 PM

    Same thing happened to Vick. People always want to blame the qb for everything. My Eagles will shine again

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 21, 2013 9:41 PM

    Payton. Is right.

    The comparisons to A.R. Are laughable. You really think he would’ve done that good without a head coach?

    He’d probably punt the football again.

  25. workn4daman says: Mar 21, 2013 10:10 PM

    Isn’t Aaron Rodgers Favre’s backup?

  26. kabmaforlife says: Mar 21, 2013 10:17 PM

    I’ve been a saints fan for 40 yrs…since the day I was born!!!

    I just call it how I see it…could never be a who dat hater!

  27. drummer1279 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:29 PM

    Duh!! In other news water is wet.

  28. yousuxxors says: Mar 21, 2013 10:55 PM

    i want to watch a game with an nfl head coach

  29. sbc85 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:53 AM

    “Drew has several games in which he threw 5 picks, but none more memorable than that Atlanta loss…I still feel that one.”

    —-
    Actually, that was Drew’s first and only 5-pick game. He has had a few 4-pick games, but that Atlanta game must have been his absolute worst.

  30. sbc85 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:54 AM

    emperorzero says:Mar 21, 2013 7:41 PM

    Bad defense…no run game…yet Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to a 15-1 record. Just sayin’.


    Offseason turmoil, worst penalties ever levied by NFL, no head coach and worst defense in the history of the NFL trumps you, sorry.

  31. kabmaforlife says: Mar 22, 2013 12:29 PM

    “Drew has several games in which he threw 5 picks, but none more memorable than that Atlanta loss…I still feel that one.”

    —-
    Actually, that was Drew’s first and only 5-pick game. He has had a few 4-pick games, but that Atlanta game must have been his absolute worst.

    Are you sure about that?

  32. kabmaforlife says: Mar 22, 2013 12:59 PM

    “Drew has several games in which he threw 5 picks, but none more memorable than that Atlanta loss…I still feel that one.”

    —-
    Actually, that was Drew’s first and only 5-pick game. He has had a few 4-pick games, but that Atlanta game must have been his absolute worst.

    ——

    I apologize for that. It was 5 turnovers by Drew not 5 picks! Thanks for clarifying.

  33. sb44champs says: Mar 22, 2013 2:31 PM

    kabmaforlife says:
    Mar 22, 2013 12:59 PM
    “Drew has several games in which he threw 5 picks, but none more memorable than that Atlanta loss…I still feel that one.”

    —-
    Actually, that was Drew’s first and only 5-pick game. He has had a few 4-pick games, but that Atlanta game must have been his absolute worst.

    ——

    I apologize for that. It was 5 turnovers by Drew not 5 picks! Thanks for clarifying.
    ==========================
    Sounds like someone is JEALOUS, lol

  34. kabmaforlife says: Mar 22, 2013 3:27 PM

    Sounds like someone is JEALOUS, lol

    I don’t understand!

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