Stephen Colbert’s take on Roger Goodell’s Pro Bowl changes. Spoiler alert: They’re the best thing in the history of the game.
Here’s what you need to do to understand Rob Ryan’s new Saints defense.
All right, Who Dat Nation, one game at a time. At this point, every game this season is a playoff game. If the Saints are going to win this one, we’re watching for some defense, Sir Marques Colston and the primetime advantage.
1. The Defense - Not any single part of the defense, the whole damn thing. If the Saints are going to pull this one out, they’re going to have to stop Peyton Manning (currently the second-highest rated passer in the league) as well as Willis McGahee and the Broncos’ running game. This means we need to see a pass rush, we need to see better coverage, we need to see better tackling, we need to see better push by the run stoppers on the defensive line and we need to see linebackers taking good angles and stopping the run. It all needs to happen if the Saints are going to make a couple of stops and give the offense a chance to win the game. Last week, they allowed over 500 yards to the Bucs; it could be so much worse against a good quarterback and offense.
By Ryan Chauvin
I don’t know how else to say this. We’re off our game.
The Saints have the best offense in football since Drew Brees arrived in 2006 (finishing with the NFL’s most yards in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011), and despite putting out pretty decent raw numbers in the first two games of this season, the offense hasn’t had the same oomph we’ve grown accustomed to over the years.
And I think I know why.
I don’t want to oversimplify the problem, but, the offensive line has allowed too much pressure, Drew hasn’t handled that pressure well, and his receivers haven’t been as consistent as we’ve seen in years past.
A deep dive into the statistics coming up after the jump.
by Ryan Chauvin
That’s not what this is.
But this is what I know to be true:
Despite one of the most lackluster opening day performances in recent memory, these Saints won’t roll over in 2012. Despite losing one of the best active coaches in the NFL, the 2012 Saints will Do Their Job. Despite having his least accurate day in the Dome ever, Drew Brees is still the most integral player in the NFL and can lead this team to a deep playoff run.
By Ryan Chauvin
A year ago we brought you our inaugural “Art of Choosing a Jersey” column. It focused on the very quaint problem of how to distinguish yourself from bandwagon fans. After 2009, the Saints underwent a Pink Hat Effect. Bandwagon fans came out of every swamp and creek bed donning spiffy new jerseys and an unabashed ignorance of Saints history.
In their minds, the Saints had always been winners and Drew Brees was the quarterback when the team began. Now I don’t mean to bash the bandwagon—we all have to start somewhere—but don’t want to be perceived as one of them either. Last season, when a Saints fan was wandering the street in his proper black and gold, he had to stare strangers in the eye and be able to answer this simple question without saying a word:
“Were you a fan before?”
The weight of this question grows as you increase your distance from New Orleans. I, a resident of Washington, DC, needed people to know that my fandom ran deep. Our answer, of course, was to create a list of our very best indie jerseys. The simple idea was that real Saints fans would see a #16 jersey and know it said Moore on the back, but a fan of any other team (or a bandwagon fan) would have to swivel their head to know.
But see, times have changed.
Coach on a stick!
We fully embrace the Coach on a Stick. I want every fan in the ‘Dome with one of these come Week 1.
By Ryan Chauvin
Every year, round-abouts mid-July (you know, those days where only baseball is being played and you’d rather tear your eyes out than watch a Braves game?), I convince myself that football starts in the beginning of August.
Training Camp! I tell myself. PRESEASON!! I whisper in my sleep. This year, (I invariably say to myself) I’ll follow camp as much as possible and watch every snap of every preseason game. This season, I’m more football starved than last, and that starvation will result in me actually caring about Saints preseason football.
So what if the plays are vanilla? So what if Drew Brees attempts five passes? It’s still football, right? Wrong.
And yet, the third quarter of the Hall of Fame Game rolled around on Sunday and I came to my second annual revelation “I hate the preseason”
Even if you ignore all the reasons stated above, there’s still one glaring problem with preseason football: ALL consequence from the games are removed (except for the scary permanence of injury). Sure, it kinda matters historically if you go 0-4 (we’ve already won a game, hell yeah!) or 4-0. Sorta. Kinda. I guess.
But this season, we here at The Black and Gold Review have devised a way to force ourselves to stay invested in this year’s preseason malaise: by raising the stakes. After the jump, we’ll unveil a new B&G game: Preseason Superstar. Get excited.
Back by popular demand, it’s the very first SAINTS BINGO of the 2012 season!!! Print it out, post it at your local watering hole, take pictures with it (and share with us), and enjoy SAINTS FOOTBALL!
“The best show on television” is exceptionally well-acted, beautifully shot, constructed perfectly, and is filled with ideas on free will and the nature of evil.
So why do I have to drag people kicking and screaming into the light? I’m writing this in direct response to Bradley Warshauer’s apathetic review of season 2 (even though he hadn’t finished yet and should have closed out the season before flapping his gums, but alas I write regardless)
I, like most fans, came into Breaking Bad later in its life. I picked up one of those fantastic DVR specials where they’d just air two episodes at some random hour every Wednesday. In this manner I was introduced to the wonderful and twisted reality created by Walter White’s fragile ego.
I mention this because in a world of Netflix Instant and binge watching television, I was forced to take a very measured pace through on the most tense show on television.Read more
There’s real life football in a month. Get really, really excited.
What follows is an epic multi-part conversation between Bradley, Alex, and Ryan of The Black & Gold Review. In it, they talk about football, breaking down each Saints position group for 2012.
If you’re sick of bounty static and want to get down to the…
True story. I’m just flying by the seat of my pants over here. I can’t wait until I get my hands on that coach’s film only to find out how little of the game I actually understand. Football!
You ask this question eight days ago and there’s a whole lot more red on this map. For what it’s worth, 49% of Georgia thinks this has elements of a smear campaign. That’s right, even in the cess pool that is the greater Atlanta metropolis, we’ve still got the support of almost half the population.
The NFLPA made the evidence that the NFL collected as proof of the existence of a bounty program run by the New Orleans Saints public on Monday. These images represent some of the more compelling evidence against the Saints.
Yeah, it’s hard NOT to take that page featuring Dog the Bounty Hunter seriously, amiright? I mean, there’s no way that’s a joke? Right? C’mon this isn’t compelling.
It’s a good thing the NFLPA didn’t release annotated notes on the evidence and show that kill the head isn’t illegal at all:
Kill the Heads - Kill the Head (KH), is part of the “Defend every blade of grass” philosophy that the team played with. Its strategy was to get RB’s and WR’s to mentally vacate the game. The logic is that if you allowed RB’s and WR’s to run straight at you and successfully penetrate your defense, then you would basically validate their superiority. You would by default present a passive approach to defense. The result of this would be catastrophic to any defensive game plan. This came from the Dome Patrol Era - part of the great early defensive teams in New Orleans. Tourists would buy shirts with this slogan as far back as the late 90’s.
And the fact that Vitt’s name is on that sheet of paper even though the NFL now admits he wasn’t involved doesn’t question the validity of the entire document, right? I mean, shiiiit. This is all kosher.
Let’s also omit the other 180+ pages of “evidence” released by the NFL that shows no wrongdoing AT ALL.
But yeah. That’s all very compelling. Please