Pat Yasinskas of ESPN’s NFC South Blog took an interesting look at the Saints running backs and how head coach Sean Payton utilizes their various talents in a recent NFC South Blog. Pat did his homework on this short piece and it shows, but what can we learn from it?
When Ingram’s on the field, it’s pretty likely the Saints are going to run
Yep, the 63.9 percent run ratio when Mark Ingram’s on the field supports that all right.
Thomas is experienced and versatile and that’s why the Saints trust him as a pass-blocker.
Again, the 58.1 percent pass play ratio when Pierre Thomas is in the lineup supports his premise as well.
Sproles is dangerous as a receiver. That’s why the Saints have passed on 84.5 percent of the snaps he’s taken part in.
Again, that ones hard to dispute, Darren Sproles has turned into one heck of a receiver, but what is Pat getting at, and what is he leaving unsaid? That the defending teams can base their defense in the future merely by reading the offense with the running back in the formation? Hmmm… It’s possible, and probable that a few will try.
I give coach Payton more credit than that though. Sean is as wiley as a fox, and always thinks things though. He not only thinks them through, he thinks far ahead, that’s why he is so successful. Just when you think you have him figured out, he pulls an on-side kick on you, LOL…
In the three games that it has taken to establish this trend, Coach Payton has had time to see it coming, and anticipate his opponents reaction to it. I see Sean using reverse psychology on his opponents by thinking ahead. I can see him setting up trick plays to take advantage of the other team taking advantage of him, LOL…
Well, it may be a stretch but I don’t see Payton giving the other teams that easy an advantage.
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