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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; If thereís anything Saints fans donít like about Sean Payton, itís that he calls too many passing plays. Right? Isnít that as close to consensus criticism as we tend to get? The by-product of balance is winning, goes the thought; ...

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Old 10-01-2014, 04:51 PM   #1
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The 2014 Saints are Pretty Balanced. Does that Even Matter?

If thereís anything Saints fans donít like about Sean Payton, itís that he calls too many passing plays. Right? Isnít that as close to consensus criticism as we tend to get? The by-product of balance is winning, goes the thought; Sean Paytonís Saints pass too much and, as proven by the correlation between wins and pass/run ratios closer to 50/50 than 70/30, if only he would be balanced more often the Saints would win more games.

The 2014 season, so far, doesnít fit that storyline, because the Saints have been more balanced in 2014 than they have been in any season other than 2009 and 2006.

Letís establish a baseline. Between 2006 and 2013, the Saints called 8458 offensive plays. Of those, 5244 were passes and 3304 were runs. Thatís a pass/run ratio of 61/39.

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Talk about searching for any silver lining....
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I think it matters. If we had a decent defense we'd be 4-0, 3-1 at worst.
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We may appear balanced but the way we are running things
Run now pass now bring in a new group every play makes things disjointed and brings up a lot of third and longs

Just pass with conviction, mix up the run and play fast tempo
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Haha. Show me a wishbone formation... Power I, I don't know.. ANYTHING that includes someone in the backfield who MAY or MAY NOT get the ball upon the snap.
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Up tempo out of the Pistol.. Use Robinson some drives, and use Thomas some drives. I wouldn't rotate at any position other then RB. Colston, Stills, Cooks, and Graham stay out there. Maybe rotate who the slot man is, or throw Colston at TE and let him attack the seam. No huddle. Plus they run so well out of the pistol. It's gives just enough time to let cut back lanes develop.
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No, it doesn't matter if our D can't stop anyone and we are playing from behind.
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We need to win.
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