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Saints vs Jets: Report Card

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Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (left) talks with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan before the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Coaching: 59 F

I hate to give a failing grade, but there was a clear lack of accountability for the deficiencies of the team in previous games. Win, lose, or draw, no matter who you have on the field, there is an adjustment that can be made to help at least change the end result in some way. Sean Payton and Rob Ryan both have done little to adjust their respective issues in the running aspect of their schemes.

It is easy to say that Brees is Brees and that you  don’t need a run game when the ball is in his hands. But, Brees cannot win every game and he can’t block for himself. A run game will open that up and help him to have some room to pass with but 11 carries is not enough to get a running back in any sort of rhythm, even less when those carries are split between three backs. Much needs to be done in the Saints offensive game plan concerning the running game, and I just haven’t seen it yet. Also, something needs to be done on the offensive line. I feel like a parrot when I say that a shakeup, a benching, or SOME sort of adjustment is needed along the line. There will be issues in all aspects of the offense until they figure out the line.

Rob Ryan has been a godsend for this Saints defensive unit. But he needs to do something about his run defense. His defense has been carved up, big time, and he doesn’t have an answer for it. Kenny Vaccaro has done amazing work but all of it is for naught if Ryan can’t figure out a way to use his personnel to stop the run. Ryan may need to get a little more creative than Sean Payton, but he needs to figure this out quickly or else, week after week, opposing quarterbacks will sit back with a Mojito as the running back carves up the Saints. All in all, not good Payton and Ryan, not good.

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