With OTAs in books, New Orleans Saints news is going to be a bit dry for the next month or so. During the down period there is no better time to look back at the past while peeking into the future.
Today we’ll do just that by taking a look at the offense of the past and the future for defensive end Rufus Johnson.
Let’s take a look.
Per ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas:
Bradley Handwerger has a nice feature on how rookie outside linebacker Rufus Johnson is drawing inspiration from his father, who has been fighting a serious illness. Johnson had some really bright moments in the recent minicamp and should make the team as a backup linebacker and special-teams player.
Per Dave Cariello:
Chase Stuart of FootballPerspective.com analyzed the speed of every NFL offense during the 2012 season and, not surprisingly, the Saints come in at No. 2 overall behind only the New England Patriots. Last year the Saints were able to run an offensive play every 26.1 seconds, on average.
Not only did that make them the second fastest offense in the NFL last year, their speed was also good enough to make them the second fastest offense of the last seven seasons among teams not from New England and the 15th fastest offense in the NFL for the past 22 years, straight up. Those are some pretty impressive rankings.