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Under Payton, the option hasn't been much of an option

Since Sean Payton took over the Saints, only three non-quarterbacks have attempted passes.  None of these three attempts were completed.  Two were intercepted.  In 2006, Joe Horn's pass against the Eagles fell harmlessly to the turf.  Two weeks later, Reggie Bush's halfback option was picked off by Ray Lewis in the end zone, one of four interceptions by the Ravens that day.  In 2008, Packers safety Aaron Rouse intercepted Lance Moore's lone passing attempt during a Monday Night Football matchup.  It should be noted that Payton has yet to call an option pass in a game played outside the Louisiana Superdome.  The Saints are 2-1 under Payton, in games featuring non-quarterback attempts. 

The last non-quarterback to complete a pass for the Saints was Joe Horn, on a 14 yard lob to Deuce McAllister, against the Panthers in 2003.  The last non-quarterback to throw a TD pass?  Deuce McAllister, on a 12 yard scoring strike to Willie Jackson, against the Falcons in 2001.  The last non-interim Saints head coach to never have an option pass completed during his tenure?  John North.

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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