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Payton rolls the dice, doesn’t work

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Sean Payton is back, but the Saints problems aren’t gone.

Their back-from-exile head coach rolled the dice, running Mark Ingram on a fourth-and-inches only to be denied by the Falcons.

This game figured to be a shootout, but only the Falcons are holding up their end of the deal so far, with tight end Tony Gonzalez opening the season with a touchdown, and following the fourth-down stop with a field goal for a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Saints are also losing guys on defense, which they can ill afford, as defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley hobbled off the field with a leg injury and hasn’t returned.

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4 Responses to “Payton rolls the dice, doesn’t work”
  1. pfic15 says: Sep 8, 2013 1:50 PM

    Go away Ingram!

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 8, 2013 3:27 PM

    Brees does not seem to be as sharp as he usually is. Maybe it is a timing thing. Maybe that is why Payton is calling for Ingram?

  3. suprmous says: Sep 8, 2013 5:34 PM

    Hey Snapper, give Brees some time and you’ll see him come around. He along with the rest of the offensive line have got time to get their acts together and then you’ll see the winners they are. Hang in there Cher and things will be ok, promise you.

  4. musicman495 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:15 AM

    I was strongly against the decisions to draft Ingram and trade Chris Ivory. That said, I do not think the problem is entirely Ingram’s fault. Ingram has a straight-ahead style, but Payton is running him like he is John Riggins or Larry Csonka, and he is too small to be that kind of power runner. Suggest the coach become a bit less predictable when Ingram is in the game. Try throwing to him, which the defense will never expect.

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