2008 Midseason: Making the Grade

Quarterback A+


Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
2008 - Drew Brees 8 101.6 210 304 69.1 2563 320.4 8.4 15 7 11 -7 -0.9 -0.6 0 7 48

I would have given Drew an A+++++ but that would have been plain ridiculous. Best quarterback in the league and quite possibly the MVP for the first half of the season. Praising Drew comes so easy and is becoming quite redundant so consider this matter closed.

Running Back D


Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2008 - Reggie Bush 7 87 294 42.0 3.4 29 2 42 366 52.3 8.7 42 3


Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2008 - Deuce McAllister 6 68 263 43.8 3.9 12 2 8 53 8.8 6.6 11 0

The running game is just plain pathetic. Check out those rushing numbers. We all have our own thoughts and opinions on this matter and frankly they are all a little accurate. Whatever the reasons for a failed ground attack it all needs to change. Hopefully we will see more of a commitment to the running game and a more balanced offense from Payton.

 

 

Receiving B


Devery Henderson Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
8 18 499 62.4 27.7 84 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Lance Moore
Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
8 38 431 53.9 11.3 33 3 1 36 36.0 36 0 0 21 10.5 11 0


Billy Miller
Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
6 23 323 53.8 14.0 41 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

The receiving corp has looked pretty solid so far this season but the production has not come from who we might have expected. Devery Henderson and Lance Moore have stepped it up in the absence of Marques Colston and David Patten. Billy Miller is quietly putting together a solid season while Shockey heals. With Drew Brees spreading the ball around to everyone and their mother this is more of a team effort with everyone doing a great job.

 

 

Offensive Line C

They've been doing a good job keeping Drew safe but a pretty horrible job making some room for Deuce and Reggie. Matt Lehr has filled in pretty seamlessly under center so thats a plus. Carl Nicks is also a bright spot in this unit.

 

 

Defensive Line C


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2008 - Charles Grant 8 3.0 20 0 0 0 26 7 33


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2008 - Sedrick Ellis 5 1.0 5 0 0 0 7 3 10

The big guys on the line have turned in pretty spotty performances. We have seen some good games from them but also watched them disappear for 60 minutes. The blueprint for this unit was the New York Giants Superbowl winning pass rush and it is safe to say the Saints are nowhere close to that point. Charles Grant is now lost for the season but his play up to this point was certainly not indicative of his fat contract. Worse could be said about Will Smith so far this season. Are we surprised? The upside is Sedrick Ellis, who was a good choice and a nice addition but I think we have yet to see his full brilliance.

 

 

Linebacker C


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2008 - Jonathan Vilma 8 0 0 1 8 0 53 19 72

Vilma is another one of the bright spots of this team this season. The guy is all over the field sniffing out tackles. Unfortunately one linebacker a defense does not make. Losing Simoneau for the season was a big blow to this unit and Fujita and Shanle have simply played mediocre.  I would love to see more from these guys in the second half of 2008.

 

 

Secondary C


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2008 - Mike McKenzie 6 0 0 1 14 0 19 1 20


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2008 - Tracy Porter 5 1.0 8 1 25 0 23 2 25


Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2008 - Randall Gay 5 0 0 0 0 0 19 1 20

Last year these guys would probably be getting an F so a C really isn't so bad. To be fair, this unit has definitely improved. It's also amazingly sad to say that the absence of Tracy Porter seems to have caused a drop in performance. There is still a lot of room for improvement as we saw last week against San Diego. Preventing big plays is one thing but completely shutting down a teams passing offense and creating game changing plays and turnovers is another.

 

 

Special Teams C-


Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
2008 - Taylor Mehlhaff 3 0 - 0 1 - 1 1 - 2 1 - 1 0 - 0 3 4 75.0% 9 10 90.0% 1

I know you're probably thinking these guys deserve an F. The post-Carney kicking experiment is failing miserably but Reggie Bush and the return game is also part of special teams so that keeps this unit from getting a flat out F-.. Still, the inconsistency in the kicking game is most frustrating and I struggled even giving it the current grade.

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