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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by WillSaints81 You think I don't know teams run vanilla schemes in pre-season? It's the posters here bringing up the 2009 preseason to measure up against what this preseason will have. Still, a defense that keeps being put ...

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Old 07-18-2017, 06:42 PM   #31
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Re: Should Brees sit out training camp?

Originally Posted by WillSaints81 View Post
You think I don't know teams run vanilla schemes in pre-season? It's the posters here bringing up the 2009 preseason to measure up against what this preseason will have. Still, a defense that keeps being put back on the field in one half is still gonna be worn down.
And that cannot be determined in the preseason. That is the point that was made.
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Just float it way downfield, like you would for Devery. It might get dropped, but if it doesnt, its 6.
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Will, as usual everything is a problem. In fact your point is moot on several fronts:

1. Preseason is a waste of time. Everyone runs vanilla schemes and starters generally only play enough to break a sweat.

2. By the time teams get to the backup QBs, both teams have gone to the second string on both sides of the ball. So the guys out there on defense often will not be the guys playing in September when the flack starts flying.

3. The purpose of preseason is to evaluate talent under real time conditions. Established starters are generally not the focus of that evaluation process.

The Saints defense needs to do the two of three things they always needed to do. Keep defensive scoring in the low 20's, get off the field, stay healthy, and create turnovers. Nothing that happens in preseason is really going to predict any of those items other than if players play more in the preseason, the more likely they are to be injured in the process.

Will the defense actually be better? I'm unsure. Will we know one way or another in the preseason? No way in hell.

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Originally Posted by WillSaints81 View Post
You think I don't know teams run vanilla schemes in pre-season? It's the posters here bringing up the 2009 preseason to measure up against what this preseason will have.
The preseason tells you nothing unless you are watching the ones vs. ones after the first preseason game. Usually the 1st half or so of the third game gives the best glimpse into what will happen at the start of the regular season.
Still, a defense that keeps being put back on the field in one half is still gonna be worn down.
Still doesn't matter in the preseason. It's likely that less than 53 guys who are currently on the roster are going to be on the roster come the start of the first game. While it's possible to evaluate single players on single plays in the preseason, getting an overall evaluation of how the defense is going to play in the regular season is pretty much laughable. And even more so with all of the new and returning from injury players that are on the defense.

The best time to evaluate everything is sometime after the first quarter of the season. But with the brutal schedule with 3 road games, a home game against the Patriots, and a trip to London out the gate, it may be the end of October before we really know what the 2017 Saints squad is really going to be.

It may be 2009 all over again. The defense may be similar to the 2013 edition that came out of nowhere. Or it can be the historically bad trainwrecks we've seen the last 3 years. Impossible to tell now, or in the preseason, or even by October 1st (unless of course the Saints are 5-0 and the defense is leading the league in points allowed).

My advice is to stop worrying about it. With 87 linebackers and another 52 defensive backs, it's going to be difficult to evaluate the defense at all until the cutdown to 53.

Remember that last year there were very few starting defensive players at the end of the season that were starting at the beginning of the season.

You'd be wise to just accept that you don't know what's going to happen and that you have no control over the outcome. It's good for the blood pressure.

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