Go Back   New Orleans Saints - blackandgold.com > Main > Saints
Shop Horizontal

5 keys to success

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I would like opinions on the keys to a successful Saints season this year -- I can't stop those who will try to be funny like score more points -- A player or an action can be considered a key ...

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-06-2005, 11:16 AM   #1
500th Post
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 690
5 keys to success

I would like opinions on the keys to a successful Saints season this year -- I can't stop those who will try to be funny like score more points -- A player or an action can be considered a key -- Here are mine (in no particular order)

1) Average 7 points in the first quarter
2) Improved leadership and consistency from AB
3) Average under 125 yards per game runnig defense
4) Average 100 + yards per game running
5) Average 1 defensive turnover per game
4saintspirit is offline  
Latest Blogs
The ArtiChoke Last Blog: 09-18-2014 By: Barry from MS


How to really handle Ray Rice and AP Last Blog: 09-17-2014 By: neugey


The Lost Art of the Trade Last Blog: 08-30-2014 By: jeanpierre


Old 07-06-2005, 11:19 AM   #2
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hollywood, CA
Posts: 6,412
Blog Entries: 5
RE: 5 keys to success

-Getting an early lead doesn't hurt at all
-no you need to average 100 yards or less run D.
Euphoria is online now  
Old 07-06-2005, 11:22 AM   #3
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 6,941
Re: 5 keys to success

Originally Posted by 4saintspirit
I would like opinions on the keys to a successful Saints season this year -- I can't stop those who will try to be funny like score more points -- A player or an action can be considered a key -- Here are mine (in no particular order)

1) Average 7 points in the first quarter
2) Improved leadership and consistency from AB
3) Average under 125 yards per game runnig defense
4) Average 100 + yards per game running
5) Average 1 defensive turnover per game
Me likes, but we averaged two defensive turnovers a game last year, so we should expect no less this year with Smith and Bullocks, and improved LB play hopefully. So I want 2.5 turns per game. Number 3 will be hard without a DT willing to step up and do the dirty work to make that happen. Let's hope Leisle, Jefferson or Green can do it, cause I have no hopes for Sullivan doing it. But me likes what you did here.
saintswhodi is offline  
Old 07-06-2005, 11:23 AM   #4
500th Post
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 690
Re: RE: 5 keys to success

Originally Posted by Euphoria
-Getting an early lead doesn't hurt at all
-no you need to average 100 yards or less run D.
I did not want to be too optimistic on our run D
4saintspirit is offline  
Old 07-06-2005, 11:24 AM   #5
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 6,941
Re: RE: 5 keys to success

Originally Posted by Euphoria
-Getting an early lead doesn't hurt at all
-no you need to average 100 yards or less run D.
On what planet? Only 6 teams did that last year, and New England was at 98.2. Philly was at 118.9. I don't think we need to or can expect to hold teams to under 100 yards rushing a game.
saintswhodi is offline  
Old 07-06-2005, 11:59 AM   #6
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,631
RE: Re: RE: 5 keys to success

I think a major key to success for the Saints will be how the team plays in the first quarter of games. The defense needs to be stout early, and the offense needs to be far more efficient. If the Saints can establish the running game early, and get a score in the first 15 or 20 minutes, they should rarely be far behind, like they often were last season. Likewise, if the defense can get nasty and hit teams in the mouth early, it should set the tone of the game.

That said, the O and D lines are maybe the most important parts, IMO.

\"Excuses, excuses, excuses. That’s all anyone ever makes for the New Orleans Saints’ organization.\" - Eric Narcisse


\"Being a Saints fan is almost like being addicted to crack,\"
he said.[i]\"You know you should stop, but you just can\'t.\"
WhoDat is offline  
Old 07-09-2005, 09:23 AM   #7
The Professor
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Lithonia, GA
Posts: 1,442
Re: 5 keys to success

Originally Posted by 4saintspirit
I would like opinions on the keys to a successful Saints season this year -- Here are mine (in no particular order)

1) Average 7 points in the first quarter
I would extend that to average 7 points every quarter. That would require an improvement of 3 or so PPG from the team.

2) Improved leadership and consistency from AB
I'll just be frank. I don't think you're going to get any more intangibles from Brooks.

I'm going to take the cerebral approach to all of this. Forget the rah-rah fire in the belly stuff. Work for better performances. Set objective goals and work to achieve them.

Here's Brooks' performance list:

1) Complete at least 60% of your passes for the season.

2) Limit total turnovers to under 15.

3) Have a 90+ QB rating on third down and in the red zone.

4) No red zone turnonvers.

That's it. No leadership changes. Some inconsistency allowed. However it cuts down on the critical mistakes. It also targets winning the critical offensive downs of the game (3rd and red zone). The turnover and completion numbers help protect the defense.

Deuce also gets his list:

1) Fully participate in all 16+ games. Use Smith and Stecker as needed to ensure this.

2) Average 100+ YPG.

3) Average 20 carries a game. I'd prefer 25 but that's really in NFL record territory.

4) Help Brooks win 3rd down by being a reliable outlet receiver. Stecker also is assigned this job.

3) Average under 125 yards per game runnig defense
The defensive focus for me is scoring. I agree that stopping the run is critical. I'd like to see the average rushing number under 120 YPG. Philly was successful at 119 YPG.

But scoring is the key. This team wins when the opponents are held to under 21 PPG. 21.0 PPG last season was 14th in the NFL. Both the defense and the offense have to participate to make this happen. The defense's mantra is to win 3rd down. However you have to stop the run to get to that 3rd down. The offenses job is not to give the ball away, especially at critical times in the game.


The pass defense will be the strength of our defense next year. We want teams to try to pass against us. We want 3rd and 5+ yards. But that will only happen if the run is contained.
4) Average 100 + yards per game running
Already on my list.
5) Average 1 defensive turnover per game
I think you've figured out that would be a step back. A more realistic goal would be to get the net turnovers to one per game. That would have put the team in the top 5 in the league in that category last year. I think the defense was solid last year at 2 turnovers per game. The offense needs to work a lot harder at not giving the ball back.

SFIAH

The Saints have been to playoffs 4 of the last 5 years and a own a SB championship.

I can hardly believe this happened in my lifetime.
SaintFanInATLHELL is offline  
Old 07-09-2005, 09:48 AM   #8
100th Post
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 190
The keys to a successful Saints season is
on the success of Saints Defense!!!!

8)
along is offline  
Old 07-09-2005, 11:03 AM   #9
100th Post
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 189
1. Consitantly 7 - 10 pts in the 1st qtr
2. More 3rd and short situations.
3. Improved DT and LB play
4. Continue QB pressure we saw in last 4 games last year
5. More from Duece in the passing game. More screen plays, or at least some.
o1higuy is offline  
Old 07-09-2005, 01:42 PM   #10
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 6,941
Re: 5 keys to success

Originally Posted by SaintFanInATLHELL
Originally Posted by 4saintspirit
I would like opinions on the keys to a successful Saints season this year -- Here are mine (in no particular order)

1) Average 7 points in the first quarter
I would extend that to average 7 points every quarter. That would require an improvement of 3 or so PPG from the team.

2) Improved leadership and consistency from AB
I'll just be frank. I don't think you're going to get any more intangibles from Brooks.

I'm going to take the cerebral approach to all of this. Forget the rah-rah fire in the belly stuff. Work for better performances. Set objective goals and work to achieve them.

Here's Brooks' performance list:

1) Complete at least 60% of your passes for the season.

2) Limit total turnovers to under 15.

3) Have a 90+ QB rating on third down and in the red zone.

4) No red zone turnonvers.

That's it. No leadership changes. Some inconsistency allowed. However it cuts down on the critical mistakes. It also targets winning the critical offensive downs of the game (3rd and red zone). The turnover and completion numbers help protect the defense.

Deuce also gets his list:

1) Fully participate in all 16+ games. Use Smith and Stecker as needed to ensure this.

2) Average 100+ YPG.

3) Average 20 carries a game. I'd prefer 25 but that's really in NFL record territory.

4) Help Brooks win 3rd down by being a reliable outlet receiver. Stecker also is assigned this job.

3) Average under 125 yards per game runnig defense
The defensive focus for me is scoring. I agree that stopping the run is critical. I'd like to see the average rushing number under 120 YPG. Philly was successful at 119 YPG.

But scoring is the key. This team wins when the opponents are held to under 21 PPG. 21.0 PPG last season was 14th in the NFL. Both the defense and the offense have to participate to make this happen. The defense's mantra is to win 3rd down. However you have to stop the run to get to that 3rd down. The offenses job is not to give the ball away, especially at critical times in the game.


The pass defense will be the strength of our defense next year. We want teams to try to pass against us. We want 3rd and 5+ yards. But that will only happen if the run is contained.
4) Average 100 + yards per game running
Already on my list.
5) Average 1 defensive turnover per game
I think you've figured out that would be a step back. A more realistic goal would be to get the net turnovers to one per game. That would have put the team in the top 5 in the league in that category last year. I think the defense was solid last year at 2 turnovers per game. The offense needs to work a lot harder at not giving the ball back.

SFIAH
Wow, great post SFIAH. I agree with everything you said, finally. :P
saintswhodi is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:16 AM.


Copyright 1997 - 2013 - BlackandGold.com
no new posts