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How the Saints can run an offense without any wide receivers

Or: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Triple Option”

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The New Orleans Saints have a bit of a problem on their hands. The passing game this year is likely going to struggle, but it’s not just because head coach Sean Payton will be going into his first season in New Orleans without legendary quarterback Drew Brees at the helm. No, the issue this year will likely like in the fact that whichever of the legendary power duo Tayemis lines up at quarterback, they likely won’t have anyone to throw the ball to. That, my friends, is an issue.

Let’s review the wide receiving corps to date. Michael Thomas is expected to miss the beginning of the season after getting a heavily publicized and poorly timed surgery to repair ankle ligaments in June. Tre’Quan Smith has missed practice each of the last two days with a leg injury that Sean Payton has yet to disclose. Deonte Harris is expected to be suspended following a DUI arrest in July. The Saints three top wide receiving options for 2021, all in doubt about their availability in the 2021 opener against the Green Bay Packers.

So, in my eyes, there’s only truly one thing for the Saints to do. Something so vile, so repulsive, something that only the worst of the worst do. Something that teams with no hope, with nothing but desperation and a desire to absolutely ruin the days of their opponents do. Something that’s not about being good, but about being mean. Bringing football to its original and worst form.

It’s time for the Saints to run the triple option.

For the uninitiated, the triple option is a style of offense primarily used by the service academies (and Georgia Tech) in the college football game. It’s an aggressive, run-heavy offense that requires little to no abilities when it comes to trivial, modern football ideals like throwing the ball forward and having players catch it. The basis of the triple option is simple.

The quarterback takes the ball off the snap. He reads a defensive player. Depending on what the defensive player does, the QB either hands the ball off to the fullback or keeps it himself, and then takes off to either direction with the corresponding slotback from the opposite side following him (If the QB runs right, the left SB follows him). The QB then makes another defensive read and decides to either keep the ball or pitch it to the aforementioned SB. At the beginning of the play, there are three possible ways the play can go. QB keeps, QB hands off to the FB, QB pitches to one of the SB. Three options, thus the name the triple option. Simple as that.

So, what next?

That’s it! Run the triple option and all your prayers have been answered. There’s a reason that Army and Navy run the triple option all the time, and those teams are college football royalty with an incredible four combined national championships between them (please disregard that only one of them has come since the end of World War II, I promise it’s unrelated). The Saints have the personnel for this. Taysom Hill is, completely unironically, one of the best rushing quarterbacks in the NFL. The Saints three best skill position players that are currently available are all running backs. They even signed a fullback in free agency. Who among us didn’t hear about the Alex Armah signing and immediately think that Sean Payton’s devious, twisted mind was planning on unleashing football hell on the NFL. Lastly, the triple relies on quick, agile offensive linemen, so a perfect offense for Erik McCoy!

Look at the way this man moves when protecting Kamara. I’ve always said that given the opportunity, you need to completely and unabashedly build your entire offense around a center.

This offense is even perfect for the Saints’ backup quarterback! It something happens to Taysom Hill, the Saints can put Jameis Winston in his place. An offense that requires quick-thinking, agility and, above all else, completely sound and smart decision making sounds perfect for the footballing mind of Jameis Winston, who has never,

ever,

and I mean absolutely never,

made a wrong decision on a football field ever. It’s absolutely foolproof.

Now, forward throwing enthusiasts might believe that throwing the ball is the way to go. That scoring more points in a game is somehow better, more appealing and a more longstanding strategy than a one-game bit while the Saints wait for their wide receivers to get healthy. However let me be the first person to tell you, passing the ball is a thing of the past. The future of football is positionless, quarterbackless and passingless.

Just look at how well it worked for the Broncos last year.


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