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Evaluating every play since 2016 to learn about one of Sean Payton’s favorite passing concepts

Sean Payton opened the curtain and showed us a few pages of his playbook. The Saints coach, who has been quarantined inside his home after catching the coronavirus, got active on Twitter Sunday night, jumping into a thread that asked coaches to share their favorite passing concepts from empty backfield looks. In reply, Payton posted […]

Film study: How Malcolm Jenkins will make an already dangerous secondary even better

You can see it right away. Malcolm Jenkins is a different type of player. He isn’t just someone who plays in the box or covers the slot or drops deep. He does a little bit of everything and does it all well. The veteran safety is just as comfortable sitting in a zone, reading a […]

Film study: Emmanuel Sanders gives Saints everything they didn’t have

The one route that stood out the most might have been the easiest to overlook. The play came during Week 1 against the Raiders and only gained four yards. Any study of any other player joining any other team and you might scroll right by it, looking for something spicier to present as an example […]

Moving on to Malcolm Jenkins was about cost analysis, a theme of free agency for Saints

Sean Payton carries with him two regrets. The first was letting Rob Ninkovich go. Watching the pass rusher flourish in New England pained the Saints coach, and he could never hide his disappointment with himself whenever New Orleans was preparing to play the Patriots. The other was letting Malcolm Jenkins walk to Philadelphia. Losing Jenkins […]

How a team like the Saints might have spent the last five months preparing for free agency

When the Saints spring into action next week, it will be the payoff for five months of monotonous work and meticulous planning. So much attention gets paid to the draft process, but scouting free agents and figuring out who might or might not hit the market is just as involved. New Orleans will have scouted, […]

Breaking down Alvin Kamara’s last three seasons by run type to project the future

New Orleans watched the birth of a generational talent a couple of years ago. Alvin Kamara routinely had moments that were better than anyone else’s moments. He ran through people. He ran around people. He’d get hit one, two, three times on the same run and not fall. It seemed certain that in time, with […]

We determined how much separation Michael Thomas creates with his route running

Michael Thomas isn’t fast enough. He’s not a burner. He can’t win deep. He might not create enough separation with his route running. The knocks made against the Saints wide receiver entering the league look idiotic in hindsight. People raced to draw conclusions based on his 4.57 40-yard dash time, and even though he has […]

How often does Drew Brees change plays? We found out

There are plenty of options from which to choose if you are looking to scapegoat someone for the Saints’ early playoff exit. Poor decisions. Poor protection. Poor performance. Take your pick. You can even put some of it on Drew Brees. The quarterback came up short, and, honestly, some issues from the year before got […]

I’m coming home

The feeling was always there. It grew more powerful, more encompassing. Everything inside of me was telling me to stay. I think I knew where I was supposed to be, how lucky I was to be supported by a city in the way New Orleans supported me. The bond we had was special. I spoke […]

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