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Old 02-04-2020, 03:15 PM   #1
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New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray stepped up when called upon in 2019

Analysis: New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray proved to be an integral part of the gameplan down the stretch in 2019. Murray had a total of just 32 carries and nine catches over the first six weeks of the season while his counterpart Alvin Kamara got the bulk of the load. But when Kamara was forced to miss two weeks midway through the year, Murray stepped up and delivered back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for the first time in his career. In his first year in the Black and Gold, Murray started eight games, carrying the ball 146 times for 637 yards and five touchdowns. He hauled in 34 receptions for 235 yards and one touchdown.

Best game: The Saints traveled to the Windy City for a battle against a stout Chicago Bears defense without Kamara in Week 7. Murray got the start and rushed 27 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns while adding five receptions for 31 yards.

Best quote: "It's the opportunities, and I've gotten 'em here. Screens, checkdowns. I think quarterbacks play a big role in that and finding the open guy. So it's all been a testament just to the offense. I credit everything to the offense
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Re: New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray stepped up when called upon in 2019

Yes... When he was called... Which was not often enough.

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Yes... When he was called... Which was not often enough.

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It is incredible that an accomplished NFL head coach knows so little.
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It is incredible that an accomplished NFL head coach knows so little.
Yes it is, or worse he falls back into the same rut...
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Yes it is, or worse he falls back into the same rut...
And to think that we as fans know more than he while the game is in progress. It is sad. I'd like to hear his excuses. But, to make matters worse, this happens to many other NFL coaches. They don't know what best at times. Yes, very sad.

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Yes... When he was called... Which was not often enough.

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Agreed. The rhythm thing is not a myth.
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Re: New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray stepped up when called upon in 2019

Only 5 carries post season vs his old team in the wild card with everything on the line.

I for one thought we'd get a heavy dose of the L Train.
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And to think that we as fans know more than he while the game is in progress. It is sad. I'd like to hear his excuses. But, to make matters worse, this happens to many other NFL coaches. They don't know what best at times. Yes, very sad.

AG, as much as you'd like to convince everyone otherwise, professional footbal is not rocket science - Saints Fans watching Payton choke in the last few playoffs can clearly see his mistakes...

Remember K.I.S.S. (not the rock band)? Keep It Simple Stupid? Two simple case studies...

Coach O realized he was never gonna run on Bama, but LSU has always had a stable of Receivers (see NFL/LSU WRs); so he recruits a Saints Passing Game Coach and A QB Transfer and the 2019 Season is Legend...

Staying NFL, look at the Titans' Mike Vrabel; he lined 'em up, pounded the ball until teams put 8-9 in the box until they stalled, a few tosses from Tanneyhill deep, in-stride, on-target, repeat pounding with Henry...

Granted, not many people can make the right call with a national audience? But that doesn't mean a fan, familiar with the rules, history of the game, can't see Payton's gaffes and mistakes the past three playoffs...

Look no veteran of this forum could question your total dedication as a fan, Salud!, but it's an insult to folks' intelligence that they can't watch, learn the game and have an informed opinion it's not working...

An idiot could see that Murray and Taysom were having success pounding the ball inside on the Vikings, yet Kamara lacked the physicality to take the inside pounding, much less be effective...

Like it or not, Payton choked. Yeah, it sucks for all us Saints fans, but he choked. He fell back into his I'm smarter than anyone rather than just K.I.S.S. and keep pounding it till we scored...

But he's got tenure for life with this franchise and either he ups his game or we're gonna have another decade of 80s Don Shula mediocrity...

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AG, as much as you'd like to convince everyone otherwise, professional footbal is not rocket science - Saints Fans watching Payton choke in the last few playoffs can clearly see his mistakes...

Remember K.I.S.S. (not the rock band)? Keep It Simple Stupid? Two simple case studies...

Coach O realized he was never gonna run on Bama, but LSU has always had a stable of Receivers (see NFL/LSU WRs); so he recruits a Saints Passing Game Coach and A QB Transfer and the 2019 Season is Legend...

Staying NFL, look at the Titans' Mike Vrabel; he lined 'em up, pounded the ball until teams put 8-9 in the box until they stalled, a few tosses from Tanneyhill deep, in-stride, on-target, repeat pounding with Henry...

Granted, not many people can make the right call with a national audience? But that doesn't mean a fan, familiar with the rules, history of the game, can't see Payton's gaffes and mistakes the past three playoffs...

Look no veteran of this forum could question your total dedication as a fan, Salud!, but it's an insult to folks' intelligence that they can't watch, learn the game and have an informed opinion it's not working...

An idiot could see that Murray and Taysom were having success pounding the ball inside on the Vikings, yet Kamara lacked the physicality to take the inside pounding, much less be effective...

Like it or not, Payton choked. Yeah, it sucks for all us Saints fans, but he choked. He fell back into his I'm smarter than anyone rather than just K.I.S.S. and keep pounding it till we scored...

But he's got tenure for life with this franchise and either he ups his game or we're gonna have another decade of 80s Don Shula mediocrity...
Or some people's wishes would come true and he'd be replaced by one of the other run of the mill coaches that will lead us back to the Ditka days.

It is easy for fans sitting back in their easy chairs to pick over in game choices made by coaches AFTER the game is over. We have no idea what factors came into play for the calling of a specific play at a specific time. Even the most knowledgeable fan doesn't watch the 22's and notice eight in the box and the QB audible to a pass. Perhaps Murray got dinged early? No idea.

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Re: New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray stepped up when called upon in 2019

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An idiot could see that Murray and Taysom were having success pounding the ball inside on the Vikings, yet Kamara lacked the physicality to take the inside pounding, much less be effective...

Like it or not, Payton choked. Yeah, it sucks for all us Saints fans, but he choked. He fell back into his I'm smarter than anyone rather than just K.I.S.S. and keep pounding it till we scored...

But he's got tenure for life with this franchise and either he ups his game or we're gonna have another decade of 80s Don Shula mediocrity...[/B]
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Sean Payton will need to change it up offensively ... specifically in the POST SEASON. The good teams have caught on to what we do offensively. You can't go through Brees (defenses don't respect anything past 20 yards) anymore to win it all.

Balance.

IMO things won't change much while #9 is under center; maybe adding a real #2 WR open things up a little but you need an effective run game.

Hopefully the Saints target a MOBILE QB in the draft. He doesn't have to be Lamar J but a kid who can move the chains with his feet on occasion. Vikes & Zimmers defense knew that was something they didn't have to worry about.

But back on topic, L Train still had a nice season with the carries he was given in 2019.

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