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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The New Orleans Saints have been resting on their bye week for the past week. There are many aspects that they are concentrating on. The most important story line is probably Jimmy Grahamís foot he injured during the New England ...

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Old 10-24-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
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New Orleans Saints: Bye week to do list

The New Orleans Saints have been resting on their bye week for the past week. There are many aspects that they are concentrating on. The most important story line is probably Jimmy Grahamís foot he injured during the New England Patriotsí game. Any time missed by Graham would severely hurt the Saintsí offense. Aside from Grahamís ailment, here are three things to watch for coming out of the bye week for the rest of the season.

1) Return of Jonathan Vilma

Long time Saint and fan favorite Jonathan Vilma is practicing again after nursing a knee injury for the first half of the season. There is a chance that he will come back in a couple games, adding depth to the Saintsí linebacking corps. The question is where does Vilma play? Vilma has great leadership and a high IQ, but physically he isnít the same and that can keep him off the field.

There is no way he supplants Curtis Lofton, and David Hawthorne has been playing very well in the other linebacker spot. The only alternative is taking away one more defensive back which is unlikely because Rob Ryan loves Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins too much to take them off the field.

Though Vilmaís return would be welcomed, it may be in the best interest of the team to keep him on the sidelines. One way or another, Ryan has showed that he knows how to put players in positions to succeed, so if there is a chance Vilma can improve the defense, he will be on the field.

2) Production from the Saintsí wide receivers

The Saintsí wide receiver have not been very good in the weeks going into the bye week, which is unacceptable considering the attention given to Graham and Darren Sproles by defenses. Expect Sean Payton to emphasize wide receiver production, especially from Marques Colston.

Also, Kenny Stills has shown some ability the past few weeks and should be more involved in the offense going forward because of his top end speed. The Saints will need some help from the outside guys whether it be Colston, Stills, or Nick Toon, especially with the Grahamís foot injury possibly slowing him down. The Saints should also be helped by the eventual return of Lance Moore.

3) Stability in The Running Game

The Saintsí running game hasnít been very good this season, but saw some improvement against the New England Patriots. The Saints, though they have gone without big number thus far, will need the running game to be successful going forward as the rest of the schedule features teams like the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Dallas Cowboys.

Expect the Saints to use more Khiry Robinson, who showed some explosiveness and a physical presence that isnít there with Sproles and Pierre Thomas. If Robinson can become that guy who can convert short yardage situations into touchdowns and first downs, the Saints offense will run more smoothly. There is no reason they canít succeed as defense wonít stack the box with as many players with Drew Brees at the helm.

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Old 10-25-2013, 03:36 AM   #2
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Re: New Orleans Saints: Bye week to do list

1) Return of Jonathan Vilma - will be slowly worked in i am sure. but when he is ready i expect him to take over on passing downs. our LB sux in pass coverage

2) Production from the Saints’ wide receivers - lance return and graham's foot will change everything back to the way it was and should be. no way should a team use any player as much as the saints have with graham. then again they did the same to bush. now i fear sproils is next in line. when we won it all we were a balanced offense. we have not been that in any phase of the game so far this year.

3) Stability in The Running Game - really lmao OL and the coaches need to get their act together. in this department or finally admit they went a little to far in the down grading of the OL in the past few years

4) defense adjustments - lets see what the saints do now that a so so pats offense laid out the blue print to attack us with. the next month will be interesting. now the true test of coaching starts

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