I've been harping for months that The Saints
need a pass rush. Monday night showed what a game changer it is. It is such a momentum changer and an inspiring factor to both the team and the crowd that it is undeniable. It's more fun for the players and for the fans. Sacks are the largest defensive impact plays outside of a safety and it showed. And the 99 yard Pick 6 by PRob was faciliteted not by a sack but by QB pressure.
Now, although the defensive line line played well and the pass rushers had their best game of the season with 7 sacks and lots of pressure and hits,I am not so naiive to think it was all about the Saints. I hate to take even a tiny bit of credit away from the Saints defense because they got the job done, but let's face it. That was one of the poorest performnces from a patchwork,busted up OL that the NFL has seen in some time. One Eagle was making a his 2nd NFL start at guard when he hadn't played that position since high school.Other offensive linemen were subs as opposed to regular starters and, with the Herremans injury, I think at one point they had 4 out of 5 lineman who were not starters and that lineup had never even played together before. They were awful. Additionally, Vick is basically playing the worst football of his career.
But,my point is not really to praise the DL or to slam them. They are what they are and they played well and deserve credit. My point is to reinforce what I have said before.
Our defensive backs and linebackers and our defense in general is good enough to be in the middle of the pack as far as rankings go, and that's all we really need with this high-powered offense. But, it's our pass rush that drags everything down (or in this case buoys everything up).
I hope to see Spags using more creativity and more blitzing in the 2nd half of the season. It's our only chance. I know it's risky and there can be consequences. And I know as Who Dats we were a little weary of the GW thing which overdid the exposure to the blitz. But, if used judiciously that aspect of a defensive scheme can really change things. Quite frankly, most of the first 7 games it seemed like Gary Gibbs was the DC and it seemed very vanilla. At least with the front 7. I'd like us to go at it with all we have. If we fail, then at least we go down swinging. We need to do whatever, within reason and with great judicious intention, we can do to get a pass rush and get QBs out of the comgort zone. We have had too many opposing QBs in the comfort zone this season.
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