I am taking a page from one of my former teachers for the New Orleans Saints’ “Fleur de Keys” to victory over the Green Bay Packers. During my residency training, one attending surgeon told me there were 4 P’s to stop bleeding: pressure, platelets (sticky stuff in our blood that makes it clot), patience and pray. He said either they will stop bleeding and get better or they will……well, uhh, not get better(you get the picture). Luckily this is just football, but I here are my “P’s” to help stop the New Orleans Saints’ bleeding.
Pressure: I’ve been preacher it from the beginning. Pressure the QB! With the increase in mobile quarterbacks (Vick, Newton, RGIII, Aaron Rodgers, etc…), the defensive end position is morphing into a more athletic position. The speedier defensive end Junior Gallete may need to get more playing time. An effective pass rush would help to induce errant passes and leave the secondary less vulnerable to big plays. If Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers has all day to sit in the pocket, he will definitely dissect the Saints’ secondary. Even the best of CBs can’t cover wide receivers forever…and the Saints definitely don’t have the best.
Protection (Platelets): I wonder if Aaron Kromer’s head coaching responsibilities are affecting the offensive line. Drew Brees has had “happy feet” in the past, but this year he has had good reason. He has been hit, hurried, hassled and harassed in the Saints’ three losses. The offensive line needs to be “sticky” and keep Drew Brees upright. Otherwise, Green Bay’s 3-4 defense, which is lead by Thor-like ILB Clay Matthews, will pursue Brees and the ball with reckless abandon. Behind “Thor” is a secondary, anchored by DB Charles Woodson, which ranks as the NFL’s best against the pass. This could prove to be a long day for the New Orleans Saints’ offense. There is hope if they have the next “P”.
Patience: This is as much for my Who Dat Nation as it is for the team. If waiting on a delayed parade during Mardi Gras season has taught us anything it is how to be patient. We may have to show some, okay a lot, of that this season. As far as for the Saints’ game plan, patience with the running game is key. With the 26th ranked run defense, the Packers may have an Achilles heel in their defensive game. Running the ball successfully can draw the defensive backs closer to the line of scrimmage, opening up the passing game and making play action more effective.
Prayer: Inherent in their name, the New Orleans Saints should have a direct line to a higher power. We may need some “divine intervention” to help us get over this “mountain” in the road. With fingers laced and turning white from being clinched so tightly, all the Who Dats are still saying “Bless You Boys”.
Stay Strong Saints fans…all bleeding stops at some point…