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papz 12-09-2011 07:39 AM

Offensive Lines: Mid-Season Report
 
2. New Orleans Saints

Rank: Pass Blocking = 5th, Run Blocking = 5th, Penalties = 3rd

The Saints’ line has been extremely consistent, and worryingly for opponents, is really hitting its stride. Replacing Jon Stinchcomb with Zach Strief has helped, as has the emergence of Brian De La Puente. They may have lucked into it with Olin Kreutz walking away, but it led to them being able to match ‘DLP’ (let’s see if that will catch on) up with the ever excellent Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans to form the best interior in the league. Props as well to Jermon Bushrod for his improved play.

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CantonLegend 12-09-2011 03:26 PM

where are all the haters now?

Halo 12-09-2011 03:49 PM

In 2011, the Saints have suffered the most of ANY team in the NFL at offensive line.
In 2011, the Saints made the BIGGEST turnaround at the offensive line position that I've ever seen mid-season.

Everything has been different since the Rams game.
  1. Zach Streif hurt after the Houston game
    Another total trainwreck. AND Olin Kreutz was hurt that game.
  2. Olin Kreutz, the starting center, takes off from the team - walks away
    I have never seen anything like that before. Then again his play was just weak.
  3. Charles Brown, playing backup to Strief and who everyone pointed fingers at during the Rams game, was probably playing that game hurt.

Somehow the line has re-gelled, especially with the return of Strief.
What a great story, coaching job, and stand up job by the players to pull it together.

:bng:

xan 12-09-2011 04:34 PM

Depth is still a serious issue and I hold my breath every snap that a spin moving DE doesn't decapitate Brees. I'd like to see better run blocking at the point of attack.

ScottF 12-09-2011 04:40 PM

the recent running game success shows the development of this line
in past years the o-line would be ranked near the top in fewest sacks allowed, but we did not have the balance we do now.


...and is Dec 8 mid season now?

CantonLegend 12-09-2011 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by xan (Post 355302)
Depth is still a serious issue and I hold my breath every snap that a spin moving DE doesn't decapitate Brees. I'd like to see better run blocking at the point of attack.

we average 4.8 ypc.....how much better do you want us to be?

saintfan 12-09-2011 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by CantonLegend (Post 355279)
where are all the haters now?

We're still here. Looks like those of us complaining about the line early on might have been complaining about something that was factual? Hmmmm....

CantonLegend 12-09-2011 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by saintfan (Post 355310)
We're still here. Looks like those of us complaining about the line early on might have been complaining about something that was factual? Hmmmm....

complaining about a line that had no time to gel with 2 backups starting

what it seems like to me is that a bunch of whiney impatient fans couldnt give a unit time to work together and figure each other out

no there was nothing to complain about early on just like there's nothing to complain about now

eat your crow and be done with it

Danno 12-09-2011 05:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CantonLegend (Post 355311)
complaining about a line that had no time to gel with 2 backups starting

what it seems like to me is that a bunch of whiney impatient fans couldnt give a unit time to work together and figure each other out

no there was nothing to complain about early on just like there's nothing to complain about now

eat your crow and be done with it

LMAO!!!

Here's a couple of YOUR recent gems...

Quote:

10-13-2011...kreutz nicks and evans make up the best interior in the league. PERIOD

10-17-2011... actually kreutz is one of our better linemen this season

10-22-2011 ...DLP was playing worse than kreutz.

11-14-2011...if you wanna bring up stinch and kreutz why not do it in their threads? we saw a dropoff in play with both of them gone

11-12-2011...(Shanle) hes been our best backer this season

11-21-2011... kreutz was doing well and stinch was one of the best RTs in the league
Now WTF were you saying about crow?

LMAO!!!

CantonLegend 12-09-2011 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Danno (Post 355324)
LMAO!!!

Here's a couple of YOUR recent gems...



Now WTF were you saying about crow?

LMAO!!!

ive been right about every single one of those things

you have some crow to eat too.....go ahead....dig in


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