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hagan714 05-12-2012 12:29 PM

Scheme Adjustment the Team Should Consider in 2012
New Orleans Saints: Scheme Adjustment the Team Should Consider in 2012

By Jason Bernos
(Featured Columnist) on May 11, 2012
Credit: Derek E. Hingle

In 2012, the New Orleans Saints will have a new defensive coordinator on hand in Steve Spagnuolo. He will add his own adjustments to the Saints defensive ways.

In that case, I take a look at an area on the team that has substantial depth, but only one "starting" spot: running back. That is a position that has way too many good players and not enough spots. I thought adding another spot would spice things up in the new year.

Can you think of any way for Pete Carmichael Jr. to get out from the shadows of offensive wiz, Sean Payton?

How about creating a new, innovative offensive scheme like the Wildcat was in 2008?

The answer? Two RB backfield.

The Dallas Cowboys attempted it with Marion Barber and Felix Jones to no avail, but the Saints have the depth to make it a winner. Now, I know what you're thinking. Shared backfields are nothing new; they've been around for years now.

I am not talking about rotating guys in and running behind a fullback. We all know the fullback position has gone the way of the ground-and-pound method. It's still around, and nice when needed, but just a bystander in this generation's NFL.

I am talking about rotating in two legit running backs into the game. Keeping them fresh, while also having a power/speed option in the backfield.

Imagine a Mark Ingram/Darren Sproles backfield, or a Chris Ivory/Pierre Thomas one. Those combos would be sick when you also consider they would go with a Jimmy Graham/Marques Colston combo in the passing lanes.
The New England Patriots started the two tight end craze, why can't the Saints start their own trend, and get people's minds off the whole bounty scandal. It will never happen, but when you have that many quality players at one position, you have to figure out a way to get more playing time for everyone.

That would be a scary concept for the other 31 teams trying to invade NOLA in early February.

New Orleans Saints: Scheme Adjustment the Team Should Consider in 2012 | Bleacher Report

saintsfan1976 05-12-2012 12:57 PM

Which RB combo on our team is durable enough to handle this??

Tobias-Reiper 05-12-2012 01:08 PM

Has this dude's stoning been scheduled, or is it just first come, first stone thrown? Is it BYOS?

Danno 05-12-2012 01:13 PM

We did it with Reggie and currently do it with Sproles.

This isn't exactly new, unless he's suggesting we do it all the time.

Rugby Saint II 05-12-2012 02:44 PM

What an idiot.....out from under the shadow of Sean Payton....give me a break.:roll:

hagan714 05-12-2012 03:35 PM

lmao agreed

Danno 05-12-2012 03:50 PM

I'm not sure what you guys are ridiculing.

A 2 RB set would work work pretty well in our offense. Its worked well in the past with Bush/Thomas, although Bush was technically being used as a WR but thats kinda what he's referring to isn't it?

I'd have no problem with with
2 RB (Sproles/Ingram, or Sproles/PT, or Sproles/Ivory)
1TE - Graham
2 WR - Colston/Henderson

I guess what I don't understand is that we already do this, just not frequently.

FinSaint 05-13-2012 01:31 AM

hagan714 05-13-2012 06:23 AM

we do it already. i think he wants use to do it more. bleacher report has been suggesting we become a run heavy team in more than one write up.

jeanpierre 05-13-2012 08:08 AM

It is the having the personnel to run multiple sets that keeps the opposing defenses and their staff up and they're tired by game day...

You don't want to run one of too many sets, or the defense will figure it out...

You keep changing the looks and the opponent can't keep up...

That's how we roll...

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