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papz 01-07-2013 05:51 PM

Five Saints bright spots heading into 2013
 
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This weekend felt a little empty … and we all know why.

For the first time since 2008, there was no playoff football to cover, or, if you’re a fan, cheer for and, well, it was a little boring.

The Saints were just too inconsistent in 2012, too physically drained from playing catch-up all season.

But there were positives, as there are in any season good or bad and yes, we understand not everybody will agree with these.

Let’s take a moment to recognize a few of those individuals who appear to have a bright future in front of them and bring some cheer to the postseason.

1. Drew Brees

I know what you’re thinking. Drew Brees? The bum threw a league-high 19 interceptions, including one horrible five-interception night in Atlanta.
But he’s not a bum. In fact, without his emotional center and dear friend Sean Payton nearby, he still threw for 5,177 yards and a league-best 43 touchdowns. Nine of his 16 games included quarterback ratings of 109.0 or better. He registered at least 300 yards in 10 games and had four touchdowns in four contests.

And again, all of this was without Payton, the designer of the offense and the man who knows how to put Brees in the best of positions. It also was done without a true offseason with organized team activities and a minicamp.

So, why is the future bright under Brees? Well, for one, Payton returns for the 2013 season. The bigger reason, though, is he realizes that he “slipped” in 2012. After the season-finale, Brees said, “I’ve got to hold myself accountable and (the turnovers) have to come down. I’m going to do my best to fix that.”

The last time Brees had a “down” season, in 2008, he following up in 2009 with a then career-best 70.6 completion percentage and a 34-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

2. Mark Ingram – Chris Ivory tandem

Mark Ingram appeared to be heading down the lonely road of being thought of as a bust through the first seven games. Chris Ivory was inexplicably inactive or not on the field in that same time.

Nov. 5, however, produced the first game when this young tandem played together and suddenly the run game took off. Nearly 78 percent of Ingram’s team-leading 602 yards came after Ivory’s return. Ivory himself added 217 yards in the six games he played in.

Having Ivory healthy spurred something inside of Ingram and, when Payton gets back, there’s a good chance he’ll see in film of the season that the two played off each other well.

The Saints certainly didn’t have a run game the league should have been envious of. That said, if they can get back to where they were in the latter half of the season – rushing for at least 119 yards in all but one of the final seven games – 2013 could be a lot more successful.

And it starts with these two players.

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WhoDat!656 01-07-2013 06:08 PM

Five Saints bright spots heading into 2013
 
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Rugby Saint II 01-07-2013 06:30 PM

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The future is so bright I've got to wear shades.............well, at least I need a visor.

With those players and a few good additions we really do have a bright future. I know I know. It's too early, but it's time to start feeling good again. :smile:

Beastmode 01-07-2013 06:41 PM

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Ingram is a good RB but not if he's in there for the exact same play over and over. He was outstanding at screens in college. I don't get why coaches fail to utilize what a player does best. Instead, they try and fit them into a mold they want and it never works. He's not a bruiser but that's exactly how they were using him early on. He can do that from time to time but get him a little space now and then.

I really thought this was going to be the strength of the team this year year..an army solid RB's and it was, it just took a whole season to realize that we can run the ball effectively if you mix it up.

Utah_Saint 01-08-2013 12:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Beastmode (Post 470892)
...it just took a whole season to realize that we can run the ball effectively if you mix it up.

Hopefully, somebody puts a sticky note somewhere that says "DON'T FORGET TO RUN THE BALL" so they don't forget it again next year.

Crusader 01-08-2013 01:28 AM

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Hicks and Jordan are the future, just keep adding guys to that DL group.

FinSaint 01-08-2013 03:40 AM

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I wonder what the coming season has in store for Greg Romeus? If only he could shake off the injury bug and live up to his potential as an edge rusher - the Saints would already have a formidable pairing in Jordan and Romeus.

Still, I doubt his physique will last a full season, if even the OTAs and the preseason. :-(

Crusader 01-08-2013 05:19 AM

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Originally Posted by FinSaint (Post 470933)
I wonder what the coming season has in store for Greg Romeus? If only he could shake off the injury bug and live up to his potential as an edge rusher - the Saints would already have a formidable pairing in Jordan and Romeus.

Still, I doubt his physique will last a full season, if even the OTAs and the preseason. :-(

Yeah I had forgotten about that poor guy. Such potential but always injured.

Danno 01-08-2013 08:30 AM

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Bright spots, besides the obvious...

Cam Jordan
Akiem Hicks
Corey White
Joe Morgan
Isa Abdul-Quddus
Elbert Mack (at NB)
Sean Payton

iceshack149 01-08-2013 02:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Danno (Post 470971)
Bright spots, besides the obvious...

Cam Jordan
Akiem Hicks
Corey White
Joe Morgan
Isa Abdul-Quddus
Elbert Mack (at NB)
Sean Payton

I would add Galette.


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