Saints News 4/10/13: Has Sean Payton Recently Sought Read-Option Advice From Nick Saban?

Streeter Lecka

The Alabama head coach said today in an interview, “Several NFL coaches have come to visit this year to say, ‘How do you stop these guys?’ Because they’re not accustomed to seeing that." Sean Payton has talked several times about finding ways to combat the read-option offense since his return and cited this as a reason for the Saints's dramatic switch to a 3-4 defense this year. I have to believe he or maybe Rob Ryan are one of those NFL coaches Saban refers to.

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NFL Coaches Looking For Answers Against Read-Option

Nick Saban: NFL coaches are asking for read-option advice | ProFootballTalk
"That’s a pass-rush oriented league," Saban said. "People getting up the field to pass rush is what it’s all about because of the type of quarterbacks — the Tom Bradys of the world, Drew Brees, that’s what you’ve got to stop. You’ve got to put pressure on the quarterback. Well, that’s just what you don’t want to do against [read-option quarterbacks]. You have to play on the line of scrimmage just like old option football."

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

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Saints question of the day

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Today in DUH! news (Really, Mike? They need to draft a playmaker? Really? Do you put any thought into your analysis or do you just state the obvious?)

Mike Mayock on the New Orleans Saints: 'They need to draft a playmaker' - NFL Videos
Mike Mayock discusses which prospects the New Orleans Saints should target with the 15th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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NFL Concussion Lawsuits

US judge in Philadelphia weighs NFL concussion lawsuits - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Brody, of Philadelphia, heard arguments Tuesday on whether lawsuits that accuse the NFL of glorifying violence and hiding known concussion risks belong in court or in arbitration.

Ex-players call NFL brain-injury panel a 'sham' - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
A lawyer for the former players argued that the NFL ''glorified'' violence and profited from damaging hits to the head.

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Lagniappe

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