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papz 09-28-2012 07:04 AM

New Orleans Saints offensive line will have another tough challenge against Packers' pass rush
 
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Long having been considered a strength of the New Orleans Saints, the offensive line has come under fire in recent weeks because of the team's inability to consistently run the football and protect quarterback Drew Brees.

But the unit's perceived woes and the frequency in which Brees has been pressured hasn't been solely the fault of the offensive line's play, according several members of the team and interim Saints coach Aaron Kromer.
Still, the linemen are due a share of the blame.

"I think that the criticism of the o-line is justified," Kromer said. "I think the criticism of the receivers, the tight ends, the quarterbacks and the running backs is justified because we are 0-3. I think it is all justified and we need to do a better job as a team."

The offensive line is expected to be in the spotlight on Sunday when the Saints play Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

The Packers, who have the NFL's top-rated pass defense, create problems for opposing offenses by pressuring quarterbacks. They already have recorded 12 sacks, tied for the second most in the NFL.

"They are a very good pass rush team," Kromer said. "They get a lot of practice in their practices against their offense throwing it around. Here, at the New Orleans Saints, we have been a great pass protecting team. This year, we have not and we need to improve it. The guys are all working at it. They are studying. They are looking at themselves, we're correcting our technique, we are solving the problems that we have and we are going to get better. That is what we have to do."

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Shoe. 09-28-2012 02:34 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints offensive line will have another tough challenge against Packers' pass rush
 
It looked like we had more success when we kept a TE or a RB back to block.

I'd like to see some two TE sets with Graham/Graham, so the experienced Graham can stay back and aid with blocking Matthews/Hawk while the younger Graham can run routes and "do what he do"

Mardigras9 09-28-2012 02:44 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints offensive line will have another tough challenge against Packers' pass rush
 
Quick passes early and effective screen plays will help keep them honest. Have to get off to a fast start.

NOLA54 09-28-2012 03:05 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints offensive line will have another tough challenge against Packers' pass rush
 
I'm tired of hearing Kromer's name and what he says. If he can't coach a team that has great players what can he do with a team that is struggling. No one will hire him as a head coach. I'm done with him as head coach.

westbankdaze 09-28-2012 03:24 PM

Honestly I don't think it fair to rag on kromer. He just has this role of having to be the head coach and team spokesperson because he was the third man in line.

All I know is the worse o-line is going against the sack leader defense.

Papz - you still think I suck because I'm worried Brees is going to get injured this game?


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