This week I caught up with Joe Rodriguez of CowboysBlog.Net to talk about the Sunday night game in the Superdome. Many thanks to him for sharing some knowledge, and please check him out on twitter for all things Cowboys. We discuss Tony Romo's reputation, Rob Ryan facing off against his old team, how big the return of DeMarcus Ware is and why the Cowboys' defense is so bad among other things. Big thanks to Joe for taking the time. Enjoy!no comments
After sharing the midseason grades from yours truly I figured I'd also share the information from the Pro Football Focus site since I'm assuming most of you don't pay for the subscription. If you're a numbers geek like me there's some interesting info on the Saints specifically about how they stack up against the rest of the league. Here's the most notable:no comments
I have to admit Gary J. is on a tear lately and while for a moment it looked like my wife Eliza18s might run away with the competition, Gary J. is now tied for first place overall with her thanks to his Guru title last week. Meanwhile I'm still not even close to having my first weekly win which is just depressing. I'm looking for a second half season surge personally, though, so look out! My focus is on the guru title now that the baby is born!
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The Saints are 6-2 at the half way point and we've got 8 games of grades to go with now. Overall the grades are pretty good, but of course the offense is way down and the defense is way up compared to last year. Below I've listed every player I've graded, through 8 games, from best to worst. To "qualify" you had to play a minimum of 4 "graded" games. Just so I'm clear, playing in 4 games doesn't necessarily constitute 4 "graded" games, as I don't grade every special teams kick coverer. My offensive player of the midseason is Jimmy Graham, my defensive player of the midseason is David Hawthorne and my special teams player of the midseason is Thomas Morstead. While Morstead's GPA is highest, I'm giving midseason MVP to Graham because the impact on offense at a slightly less consistent rate is still more valuable than special teams. Here's the list:no comments
Andrew Juge joins Ralph to discuss what the hell happened to the Saints against the Jets. Ralph begins the show with a meltdown over the reverse using the third string tight end. They then discuss Sean Payton's complete lack of confidence in the running game. Juge is so upset he's demanding Mark Ingram get carries in short yardage.
Ralph is really concerned the injuries have depleted the playmakers Drew Brees has. Also Drew Brees seems to pressing.
Andrew ends the Doom talk and reminds everyone the Saints are still 6-2.
Ralph and Andrew debate what the Saints offense's ceiling is in it's current form. Ralph brings up some uncomfortable injury issues with Jimmy Graham related to the contact extension.
Ralph faces off with Andrew's son picking games and answers Twitter questions about My Little Pony
Andrew and Ralph wrap up with preview of Cowboys game and LSU-Alabama.
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The Saints gave up 26 points, which is high for them, and it was their run defense that did them in. Geno Smith was 8 for 19 for 115 yards and sacked twice. When a quarterback plays like that against you it should be an automatic win every time. But that would be discounting 198 yards rushing at 5.5 per attempt. Most of that was Chris Ivory embarrassing his old team and that was the difference.no comments
The offense put up only 20 points in this game and with Jimmy Graham banged up and Darren Sproles out of this game early they really became one dimensional. This offense may be the worst of the Sean Payton era. The Saints can't really run the ball, and part of that is the offensive line and part of it is the play caller's such lack of confidence in the run he refuses to even try. The Saints can make the occasional play down the field but without Sproles they couldn't really accomplish any sort of control offense. So Brees got hit all the time, there were turnovers, penalties and they made life easier on the Jets' defense. That's on the play caller, and this 51 pass to 13 run ratio just can't happen. On to the grades...no comments
This was a very painful loss if you're a Saints fan, but a deserved one. When you allow Geno Smith to win a game by going 8 of 19 for 115 yards, that means you didn't stop the run and you turned the ball over. The quarterback play of the Jets was non existent and because of the Saints' mental mistakes it didn't matter. Chris Ivory finished with 139 yards on just 17 carries and that was just enough to hold off the Saints, coupled with two Drew Brees interceptions. A very disappointing loss against a weak opponent, but a lot of this has to fall on the Saints' play calling and execution. I thought both were very poor. The Saints are now 6-2 with both losses coming to AFC opponents on the road, though, so there's still a reason for hope! Remember they are still in first place in the NFC South. Here are my thoughts on the game:no comments
Gameday!! The Saints are playing the Jets in MetLife Stadium... which for those of you keeping score at home is actually in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Saints will complete their AFC schedule with this game having already played the Bills, Patriots and Dolphins (2-1 in those games). A win would help move to 7-1 as they are currently battling the Seahawks for the best record in the NFC. Here are the five things I'll be looking for:no comments
I have read on this blog that the 2012 defense sucked because there was not the ONE guy to gameplan for (paraphrased from an NFL player). The one threat that you have to account for. The one you always have to watch as an offense to know where they are and what they will do before the snap. Recognize his style and look at his tells. Play poker and call his bluff. Now... the Saints do have pretty much the same personnel. Did one player improve?no comments