Don’t Forget The RunSeptember 14th, 2013
With future Hall of Famer quarterback Drew Brees and his high-flying Saints offense coming to town Sunday, it seems simple to stop the Saints, in theory.
Stop Brees and you have cut the head off of the snake.
It may not be so simple. As Bucs commander Greg Schiano said yesterday, nobody stops Brees. It’s not just that it appears that Saints coach Sean Payton is trying to get the Saints ground game going, as documented by Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The Saints had only 78 yards on 29 carries against the Falcons, averaging 2.7 yards per attempt. New Orleans also was stuffed on a fourth-and-inches near midfield by Atlanta. Not exactly a good argument for Payton to remain steadfast in his commitment. Evans said the results have to change for Payton to maintain confidence in the ground game going into Week 2 at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
“When your number is called, you want to step up to the plate and get it done,” Evans said. “We kind of didn’t do that. We didn’t rush for 100 (yards) like our game plan was, even though our number was called numerous times. There’s always plays you wish you had back Week 1.”
Everyone knows that the Bucs are good against the run. Joe has a hunch, maybe inaccurately, that perhaps the Bucs may shake a little more to the pass defense this time because Brees and company are so lethal.
But if the Saints are able to effectively get off a big run here or there, it really could throw the Bucs defense off, almost like a pick-your-poison deal.
Below, Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who has been a headache for the Bucs in the pass, discusses trying to get the Saints running game on track.