Saints Ran On 41 Percent Of PlaysOctober 22nd, 2012
Greg Schiano played prophet on the Buccaneers Radio Network before the Bucs’ loss to the Saints yesterday.
The leader of the New Schiano Order said he was confident the Saints would emphasize their running game against the Bucs in big way because that’s what gets their offense balanced and humming.
Sure enough, the Saints ran on 41 percent of their offensive plays, and Drew Brees was hardly scrambling for his life from the Bucs’ pass rush — unfortunately.
That’s not a typical percentage from the pass-happy Saints.
Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles mixed in 25 carries for 80 yards, and Brees added one carry for one yard. The Bucs’ run defense was strong. The Saints’ 3.1 yards-per-carry is what the Bucs have been allowing all season. And that ranks No. 1 in the NFL.
It’s the Bucs’ pass defense and pass rush that are the problems — big problems.