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strato 11-03-2011 03:45 PM

Saints trying to recommit on o-line, stop sacks
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METAIRIE, La. – Pop open the Saints annual media guide and flip to past years’ stats and roll your finger down the page until it hits sacks given up.

You won’t find quarterback Drew Brees getting hit for a loss by defensive linemen all that often.

Twenty-three times in 2006. Sixteen times in 2007. And a franchise-low 13 times in 2008.

But that low three seasons has turned into what will likely be a high in 2011.

Brees has been sacked 19 times through the first eight games of this season, putting him on pace for 38 by season’s end.

“I think more than anything right now, it’s a challenge,” said right tackle Zach Strief, who has missed the past five games with a sprained right knee. “Certainly we don’t like it.”

He added, “I think we take it personal and I think certainly we’re trying to recommit ourselves to get back to that place we were at.”

The lowest point came this past weekend in St. Louis. The Rams sacked Brees six times in holding the Saints to a season-low 283 total yards

Instability up front could be a factor, though those involved wouldn’t use it as an excuse when questions were framed in that manner.

Jon Stinchcomb opened camp as the starting right tackle. Upon his retirement, Strief took over. But when Strief was injured, Charles Brown took over. Brown was placed on injured reserve Wednesday and Strief will once again take over.

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73Saint 11-03-2011 03:56 PM

Put some Dr. Scholls in your cleats so you can start gellin'....

Beastmode 11-03-2011 05:02 PM

One things for sure, all eyes are going to be on them this weekend.

halloween 65 11-03-2011 05:31 PM

We will do better this week, although one of the guys up here ask me if Brees is going to start running for his life like Jay Cutler. I didn't find that to be funny.

BIGEASY504 11-03-2011 06:51 PM

Both sides of he line were dogged!!!

SaintPauly 11-03-2011 11:23 PM

Brees might have to start running more than usual. At least that would keep the LBs, off the line, and make the defense more honest. He runs in all of his commercials, so I know he is capable....

Marlboro Man 11-03-2011 11:51 PM

As long as Bushrod is still the LT he'll have to run and be ready to run cause Bushrod's getting worse instead of better.

metalmichael 11-04-2011 10:49 PM


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