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GumboBC 05-01-2005 01:49 PM

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One of the biggest reasons that so many gamblers, not to mention football fans have this misconception is that they do not draw a distinction between a great offense and a high powered one.

Great offenses are not the ones that can consistently beat a team with a 60-yard bomb, but teams that can over and over again get 15-20 play seven-minute scoring drives.

Also, there is no such thing as depth these days, so a few key injuries to skilled position players can literally mean the difference between worst and first.

Great offenses keep defenses off of the field. The greatest team of all time was the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who not-so-coincidently had the greatest ball control team ever.

They gained an average of 5.6 yards per play. Their fourth leading rusher averaged 5.3 yards per carry. The reason their “No Name Defense� was so successful was because you don’t give up many points or much yardage when you are standing on the sidelines watching your offense meticulously move those yard markers.

Great offenses are not measured by points scored. There are no official statistics, but much like the complicated quarterback ratings, a more accurate formula for measuring a successful offense would take strongly into account points per possession and average length of each possession.

There is a colossal difference average points per game and average points per possession. Likewise, there is a monster divergence between time of possession and length of each possession.

The best, if not the only way to slow down the St. Louis Rams when all their pieces are healthy is to take them out of a rhythm. If Kurt Warner is watching seven minute drives by his opponent from the sidelines, not only can he not develop a groove, but he will not throw too many touchdown passes from the sidelines.

The best defense is not just a great offense; it is a great ball control offense. But yes, long drives punctuated by scores are the best defense because it is a lot easier to play defense with a big lead when the other team’s options are limited.

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BrooksMustGo 05-01-2005 10:09 PM

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I\'m a big fan of ball control. I\'ve been MIA most of this off-season, but has Haz actually said he wants to play ball control somewhere? I\'ve missed it.

saintswhodi 05-01-2005 10:32 PM

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They gained an average of 5.6 yards per play. Their fourth leading rusher averaged 5.3 yards per carry. The reason their “No Name Defense� was so successful was because you don’t give up many points or much yardage when you are standing on the sidelines watching your offense meticulously move those yard markers.
You mean to tell me all those three and outs, not scoring in the first quarter, red zone turnovers, regular turnovers and ineptitude from our offense might have had an effect on our defense? Jinkies.

WhoDat 05-02-2005 08:56 AM

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Here\'s my problem...

Can you get to the SB with a ball control offense? Yes.

Can you get to the SB with an explosive offense? Yes.

Can you get to the SB with a defense built on speed? Yes.

Can you get to the SB with a defense built on size? Yes.



Watch carefully - here\'s the kicker:

Can you get to the SB with a bad offense or defense? Very very rarely.


The problem with the Saints and Haslett, IMO, has NEVER been scheme. The \"big\" defensive scheme has worked around the league. So has the \"fast\" scheme. Ball control works. Explosion works.

The problem with the Saints is two-fold: execution and consistency. If you cannot consistenty execute a scheme, it doesn\'t matter if the scheme is great or terrible. Execution is something Haslett has to ensure as coach. However, consistency may be a greater problem - and I don\'t just mean in the sense that our players are inconsistent. I think the Saints lack of execution has caused schizophrenia - the Saints NEVER stick to a plan or scheme. Our schemes change every year. In four years, here\'s what we\'ve tried to do on defense: get bigger, get smaller and faster, get athletes, get football players, attack, read and react, rebuild, jell... yeah, it\'s a wonder things haven\'t worked out.

[Edited on 2/5/2005 by WhoDat]

mutineer10 05-02-2005 09:23 AM

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I\'m a big fan of ball control. I\'ve been MIA most of this off-season, but has Haz actually said he wants to play ball control somewhere? I\'ve missed it.
I think Mike Sheppard is more responsible for the ball control rumors. I don\'t have a link, but I heard Sheppard recently on the Gerry V show, and he spoke more of \"simplifying the playbook\" than outright ball control. He likened the Saints offensive play calling mistakes last season to overly-complicated baseball signals (touch head, touch nose, slap knee, spin cap, stomp right foot, do the hokey-pokey & turn yourself around = bunt). He claimed he was \"trimming the fat,\" so to speak.

But the drafting of Jammal Brown does seem to lend credibility to the rumors of a slowed down offense. Brown\'s a mauler in the run game, and placed between Jermane Mayberry (if healthy) and a decent blocking TE (maybe Zach Hilton or even Shad Meier) - not to mention Mike Karney knocking LB\'s outta the way - the run game could be quite formidible. Deuce, if he shows up in shape, could be in for a big year. Adding Antoine Smith to the backfield can only help when Deuce needs a breather, and Aaron Stecker is a nice utility RB.

I\'m a big fan of ball control, too, but I\'ll admit serious fears about it. If the defense doesn\'t significantly improve, what\'s gonna happen when we\'re playing from behind?

Euphoria 05-02-2005 09:29 AM

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Yeah well when Venturi took over the Defense he said the same thing... making everything simple and we are ranked 32.

baronm 05-02-2005 10:35 AM

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They gained an average of 5.6 yards per play. Their fourth leading rusher averaged 5.3 yards per carry. The reason their “No Name Defense� was so successful was because you don’t give up many points or much yardage when you are standing on the sidelines watching your offense meticulously move those yard markers.
You mean to tell me all those three and outs, not scoring in the first quarter, red zone turnovers, regular turnovers and ineptitude from our offense might have had an effect on our defense? Jinkies.
naw man---it\'s everyone else\'s fault..good one.

GumboBC 05-02-2005 12:11 PM

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WhoDat --

It seems - to me - that no matter what change Haslett and co. make, it\'s NEVER the right one.

What changes could Haslett make that would make you happy?

If you want consistent offense., a ball-control approach gives an offense it\'s best chance to be consistent.

Sure ... any \"approach\" can work on offense. But a \"ball-control\" offense takes less risk and is much more likely to be consistent than some offense that throws the ball 600 times a season.

The Panthers went to the Super Bowl because of a ball control approach. The Patriots are the best ball control offense in the NFL. The Eagles are a ball control offense.

The Colts are a high flying offense and you see where that got them. Even the Steelers with rookie QB Ben Rothisburger got further than Peyton and the Colts? Why? Ball control offense!!



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saintswhodi 05-02-2005 12:13 PM

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The Colts are a high flying offense and you see where that got them. Even the Steelers with rookie QB Ben Rothisburger got further than Peyton and the Colts? Why? Ball control offense!!

Actually, it was cause Doug Brien missed TWO field goals that would have won the game for the Jets, not cause of ball control, although they do run that type of offense.

WhoDat 05-02-2005 12:27 PM

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It seems - to me - that no matter what change Haslett and co. make, it\'s NEVER the right one.

What changes could Haslett make that would make you happy?

If you want consistent offense., a ball-control approach gives an offense it\'s best chance to be consistent.

I think you missed the point entirely, Billy. In this case, with our defense, yes, I am concerned about an offense that isn\'t seeking to be explosive.

However, I haven\'t necessarily disagreed with Haslett\'s scheme changes. I HAVE disagreed with the frequency of them (at least once a year, sometime more). I also won\'t be satisfied with ANY scheme until the team proves that it can EXECUTE well.


I don\'t know that the ball-control offense will make the Saints more consistent. If Gandy holds or false starts, if the o-line misses blocks, or WRs drop passes, or Brooks fumbles... etc, how will the offense get better?

It seems the move to the ball control offense is for three reasons:

1. It favors Deuce (and \"featuring\" him in the offense).
2. It simplifies things for Brooks.
3. Hypothetically, it should keep our defense off the field.


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The Colts are a high flying offense and you see where that got them. Even the Steelers with rookie QB Ben Rothisburger got further than Peyton and the Colts? Why? Ball control offense!!
Call me crazy, but the answer to that \"why?\" was not \"Ball control offense.\" The correct answer is DEFENSE.

You think Ball Control = consistency??? Really? Ask the Ravens about that. Ask the Chicago Bears. It\'s funny that you mention the Colts b/c there probably wasn\'t a more consistent and effective offense in the league this season. Their problem is defense, just like ours. So what\'s better than the best and most explosive offense in the league when you have a bad defense?


Here\'s the concern Billy - the Saints are inconsistent and don\'t execute well. That is NOT a scheme problem. It is a coaching problem, but it\'s not about strategy or tactics (and that\'s what scheme is). So, if I\'m going to have an inconsistent offense, (and bad defense), would I prefer an offense built for explosiveness (and come backs or quick strikes), or one built for long methodical drives (long slow drives are good, but not when you\'re down by 20)???

I don\'t know, honestly. I think our personnel is better-suited for a high-powered offense. Regardless, I\'m not impressed with anything Haslett comes up with as a \"scheme\" until he proves he can get the team to EXECUTE it well.


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