SniperShot wrote: treat24 wrote:
SniperShot wrote:Am I the only one who thinks the offensive line for the Saints was total junk tonight? Maybe the Colts D is THAT good but I think the Saints were also just playing absolutely horrible football.
saints were junk all over
Yeah I agree. Was it more of great Colts defense or sucky Saints offense? Saints were dropping passes left and right, they were getting tackled in the backfield every other rush attempt, Brees' timing was off it seemed. Overall I guess it's a combination of both, I am really shocked how horrible the Saints played though.
Painful stuff last night for me.
First off, the Saints offensive line isn't as good as the commentators have been saying all offseason. Jamall Brown probably wasn't deserving of the Pro-Bowl nod last year. It was more of a function of there not being that many well-known tackles worth selecting and the amount of hype that was around the Saints at the time. Payton was able to hide a lot of defficiencies in the O-line with quick passes and misdirection plays. They will get better as the season progresses, but it is not a top-tier line by any stretch of the imagination.
The Colts beat the Saints using the game-plan that the Saints were supposed to use against them. They ran the ball to keep Brees and Co. off the field, and shortened the game. The Colts D played into it as well by not allowing anyone to get open over the top and forcing them to put together long drives without mistakes. There aren't many offenses in this league that can put together a 15 play, 80 yard drive for a TD without committing a turnover or a procedure penalty. The Colts may be the only offense that could do it.
My preseason fears about Jason David were validated. He didn't appear to be that much of an upgrade over Fred Thomas. Unless they can find a way to get him help it's going to be another long season. Expect big fantasy days out of whichever WR lines up on the left side of the formation against the Saints.
The good news about this is that you can expect a lot of shootouts for the Saints this year, so you can start all your Saints players with confidence. The offense will rebound and get back to what made them so successful last year, and it looks like the defense is going to be pretty much the same thing it was last year, too - solid for the most part, except for the huge hole where Jason David/Jason Craft/Fred Thomas is standing.