Analysis

The Rundown: Taking stock of the Saints’ rookie class and what they can become at the midway point of the season

The New Orleans rookie class has moments where you see the potential.   Cesar Ruiz will clear the way on an inside zone run, and you start to envision a future where he’s anchoring the interior offensive line, or Adam Trautman will get open on a double move and score a touchdown, showing how athletic […]

How Michael Thomas’ absence impacted Drew Brees’ first reads, the separation on targets and how the Saints operated

Rank Michael Thomas wherever you want.   There is probably a proper place to slot him, but some people think catching one of every five passes for 35 yards is better than catching seven of every eight for 8 yards at a time. Doesn’t matter. We all agree that he sits somewhere in the single […]

Saints film room: Breaking down how Sean Payton’s plan beat the Bucs

Sean Payton walked off the field after the first game against Tampa Bay feeling relieved and dejected.   His Saints managed to beat Tampa Bay, which was good, but he felt like he called one of the worst games of his career. The type of runs, the timing of things — none of it went […]

No more hedging. The Saints prove they’re legitimate Super Bowl contenders in win over Bucs

TAMPA, Florida — Training camp was long, preseason was plodding.    Zero exhibition games turned into seven. The supposed most talented roster in the NFL was slowly getting into shape, but there were only intermittent glimpses of brilliance. The ingredients on the shopping list were reason enough to believe the dish would turn out, and some […]

The Rundown: Emmanuel Sanders might be best “second option” the Saints have had at receiver since landing Michael Thomas

New Orleans should be a much better offense with Michael Thomas coming back.

Why don’t the Saints use their 2-minute offense in other situations? There are many reasons why

The Saints almost always find a way to get where they need to go, but faster isn’t always better.

Saints film room: Marcus Davenport is showing signs of significant growth

Marcus Davenport is rushing with a plan and is beginning to look like the talent team was hoping for when it drafted him.

Saints film room: Kwon Alexander should give the Saints another linebacker with a lot of range

New Orleans made a move to improve its defense by acquiring the linebacker from the 49ers ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Saints keep winning, but we’re still learning about this team as it enters the midway point of season

The Saints have won in a variety of ways, but we still haven’t seen what they can really do.

The Rundown: Alvin Kamara is on pace to be the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year

Alvin Kamara is the smart kid in class.   His understanding of the game comes easy. He’s the guy who spits out the wordy play calls in the huddle easily and can put everyone on task quickly and concisely. But there are times when his mind wanders, and it isn’t always entirely clear that he’s […]

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