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Saints vs Buccaneers: Report Card

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Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Coaching: 80 B

As weird as this is to say, Rob Ryan was the better coordinator this game. He put the defense in places to win the game. He didn’t shut down Martin but he accounted for Mike Williams on almost every play. He was given a gift with the rain because Vincent Jackson slipped or dropped passes a lot more than usual. But even then he tried to account for Jackson. Solid coaching Ryan, A+

Sean Payton, on the other hand, has a lot of work to do. Fixing the running game is only one aspect. Miscommunication between Graham and Brees caused a pick-six by Mason Foster. The offensive line allowed free lanes to Brees. Despite problems by Ingram, Payton continued to feed him the ball. There is much that needs to be done by this Saints offensive coaching staff.

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