Saints workout 4 running backs and lots of Fourth-Down Film Study


Nov 9, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) carries the ball as San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) tackle a fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 49ers won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

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Here are today’s stories:

Larry Holder | Times-Picayune | Fourth-down coverage breakdown haunts New Orleans Saints leaving 49ers loss: Film Study

"Fourth and forever and the Fail Mary have easily become the two most bantered about plays in the New Orleans Saints’ 27-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Obviously if the Saints hit on either one of these plays they win the game.I’m pulling a Sean Payton here by saying how the Saints pulled off plenty other errors in this game to give themselves another last-second, bubble-bursting loss. The first half alone was enough to call it a game for the Saints."

Be sure to check this out. I have personally went on a few rants and witch hunts to expose the fourth down play that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. The offensive lineman wasn’t set, and the NFL rules clearly state that your entire body has to be set for an entire second prior to the snap. That wasn’t the case whatsoever. The refs missed that one, big time.

Evan Woodberry | Times-Picayune | New Orleans Saints hold workouts for 4 running backs on Tuesday, per report

"Four running backs worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.Mikel Leshoure, Andre Brown, Brian Leonard and Tim Hightower were in town to work out, Yates said."

Workouts are normal for football teams, but it’s interesting that the Saints brought in a host of veteran running backs. It could mean that Khiry Robinson and/or Pierre Thomas will miss more time. Third string running back, Edwin Baker, left the game against the 49ers due to a concussion. Perhaps the Saints are looking for an immediate replacement or addition to Baker. We’ll keep tabs on this.

Terrance Harris | Times-Picayune | Cincinnati Bengals to begin a 3-game road swing at New Orleans Saints

"Now the Bengals (5-3-1) begin a grueling three-game road stint starting with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday with hopes of climbing back to the top of the competitive AFC North division. A loss this week against the 4-5 Saints could seriously complicate things.This is the first times since Marvin Lewis’ first season in Cincinnati in 2003 that the Bengals are playing three straight road games in a season. Making matters more precarious for the Bengals is they are 2-5 in their last seven road games dating back to last season."

I hate having to face a team that is ‘in search of a huge win’. The Bengals come to town trying to keep pace in the AFC North. The Saints could really do the rest of the division a favor by knocking off each AFC North opponent over the next three weeks (Bengals, Ravens, Steelers). However, they first have to worry about winning at home. The Bengals defense has been a bit of an opportunity lately, and Andy Dalton is struggling. The Saints will need to ‘dig deep’ to produce a victory.

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