Sunday, October 30, 2011

Embarressing, shocking, sloppy - Saints O line finally found out

Well what can I say about that? The Saints couldn't run the ball against the most porous run defense in the league (not that that's a surprise given how uterally useless we've been all season at opening holes) and now they can't pass protect. It all comes from up front and we were hopeless.

It's one of the fundamentals of football. You run the ball to set up play action. We can't run the ball though. We can't open up holes. We can't push people around. We can't even protect Brees now. We are, to put it bluntly, an O line short of a championship team. And I just don't get it.

When you have 2 Pro Bowl guards you expect some daylight to open for backs. Instead, and I've laboured this point all season, we have an O line that gets pushed back into the RBs play after play. I mean its not even funny. Reminds me of Dan Marino and the Dolphins of late 80's/early 90's lore. Season after season of promise fundamentally undercut by an inability to run.

Gutted and saddened beyond words. We're all meat and no trousers.

And as for the run D. Still can't stop the Steven Jackson Rams yet again. He was a one man team in 2009 against us and was back again today eating up yardage with effortless ease.

But I'm not going to get down on the D. They kept us in the game for most of it and bar the blocked punt would probably have kept the score to a respectable 10 at the half. No it's all aboout Bushrod, Nicks, De La Puente, Hicks and Brown. 5 guys who need to come good fast, sort out the blatant deficiencies that have been apparant for too long or watch the big game from home in January knowing they were responsible for blowing it all.

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