While quarterback Drew Brees broke another passing record in their win over the Chargers, the Saints did something even more remarkable: they ran the ball.
September 23, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates with running back Pierre Thomas (23) during the second quarter of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
It’s not hard to choose between using a running game that averages about 2 yards per carry or using the arm of record-breaking quarterback Drew Brees.
That has been the decision facing offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael the last couple of weeks and it has made the New Orleans Saints a one-dimensional offense.
Late in the 3rd quarter, Pierre Thomas did some tough running on a scoring drive that the Saints desperately needed. He kept the Saints out of third down situations and energized the Superdome to help the Saints win.
While the Saints finished with a little more than 50 rushing yards, Thomas hopes his performance re-established some faith in their running game.
"We can’t give up on it (running the football). Not every play is going to work. Its not like that. Sometimes you get a 10 yard run, 12 yard run, 15 yard run but sometimes you might get a 2 or 3 yard run. In the back of my head I was thinking ‘Im not going to let anyone take me down this second half; I have to keep my legs going and make something happen.’ If I show that to my teammates and coaches may that will inspire us to keep running the ball. – Pierre Thomas Post Game Press Conference"
If you couldn’t tell from the way Thomas runs on the field he is a fighter. He refuses to go down on any play even when he is stood up by the defensive line.
The drive before the Saints scored in the third quarter, Thomas could be seeing walking and talking to guys on the bench trying to get them pumped up and back into the game.
Like Brees he is a hard worker and humble player. He was happy for Brees getting the record that night, but even happier that they were able to come away with a win.