3. Sproles & Thomas form a dynamic short yardage game
Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) returns a punt in the third quarter of their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
It turns out the Saints don’t really have much of a running game and Sean Payton has pretty much figured this out at this point in the season. While it would be ideal to have a fearsome running attack to couple with a terrifying passing attack, sometimes you have to make due with what you have. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles are both effective rushers and reliable pass catchers in this offense. Instead of more forced running attempts, expect Payton to used these two backs out in the flats, on wheel routes, in the screen game, and close to the line of scrimmage type pass plays.
Everyone wants to point to the 2009 Superbowl winning Saints that had the the best passing offense paired with the sixth best rushing offense. Allow me to point to another team in that same Superbowl, the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts were dead last in rushing the ball that year and they were still able to make a Superbowl run. I doubt the Saints rushing woes reach that low, so let’s all calm down on the Saints not being able to rush the ball. They are still a great offense.