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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by rezburna I agree, but we expect the offense to score on most possessions. That's nothing new. Having a bad defense is nothing new. It never used to matter before. We've never had a defense as bad as ...

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Old 01-15-2015, 01:20 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by rezburna View Post
I agree, but we expect the offense to score on most possessions. That's nothing new. Having a bad defense is nothing new. It never used to matter before.
We've never had a defense as bad as last year or the "suspensions" year either... Both years that fans were calling for Drew's head... Drew was pressing the issue so to speak, because the defense was non-existent...

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Originally Posted by rezburna View Post
He had a pretty clean pocket on some of those picks.
In all honesty that doesn't have to matter. As a quarterback you have a timer in your head. When you are repeatedly being prevented from moving up in the pocket or your time in the pocket is considerably shortened.... the repetitions of that will do weird things to the head of a quarterback. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to let Brees off the hook, because he may very well be in decline; but I think it'd be highly irrational to think its time to move on when we have no idea how he would play with good O-line play. That is just really jumping the gun.
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Could it also be that Drew as the leader of the team starts to force some things trying to make plays? I know I would when he undoubtedly had no confidence that the defense could force a punt on the next drive...

He had to feel like he needed to score with every possession...
I dont have any stats to back this up but there does seem to be a direct corolation between our defense sucking and Drew throwing more picks. I remember the interceptions where pretty bad when Spags was there too. I think he does try and take on too much sometimes because lets face it, with the way our defense played Drew was the only reason we were not a 2 or 3 win team. In spite of the interceptions.
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You are absolutely correct.

When your D sucks... your O has to take more chances than they should have to try and score and force the ball in places you really don't want to put it. A good D takes the pressure off the O.
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Old 01-15-2015, 06:20 PM   #35
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I feel confident in my assertion that anyone who thinks our offense was as bad as our defense is a bonafide football moron.
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I feel confident in my assertion that anyone who thinks our offense was as bad as our defense is a bonafide football moron.
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Old 01-15-2015, 06:34 PM   #37
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The problem is a defense is going to regres every other year because we are in a age where teams study up and figure out top defenses the prior year. Also, we don't have the players to play hard every single year with no regression. Injuries happen all the time. Brees was still getting a lot of flack in 2013 because of his road games. I have no idea who will win the south next year but I do know with our division now it is not gonna be easy to go 13-3 unless we go 10-0 out of the division.

The point was made in this thread though that Brees needs to be buttered up on defense. That he is becoming a diva and needs a knock you out defense to get him pumped.
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Originally Posted by rezburna View Post
I agree, but we expect the offense to score on most possessions. That's nothing new. Having a bad defense is nothing new. It never used to matter before.
Honestly,it always mattered to me. Even when our offense was putting up big points,I would still get irritated watching our D take the field most of the time. I love an aggressive,well disciplined,we'll coached defense.
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The point was made in this thread though that Brees needs to be buttered up on defense. That he is becoming a diva and needs a knock you out defense to get him pumped.

I'm not buying that line at all.

All he really needs is a competent defense.
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In all honesty that doesn't have to matter. As a quarterback you have a timer in your head. When you are repeatedly being prevented from moving up in the pocket or your time in the pocket is considerably shortened.... the repetitions of that will do weird things to the head of a quarterback. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to let Brees off the hook, because he may very well be in decline; but I think it'd be highly irrational to think its time to move on when we have no idea how he would play with good O-line play. That is just really jumping the gun.
I don't think it's time to move on, but I do think he's on the decline and we should be looking at the person who'll be taking his place. The only time Brees never deserves blame is in the playoffs. He's always flawless then. But this year he made some crazy decisions. And pressing isn't an excuse to me. He's a top 5 QB of all time. He knows better.
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