After a week off, the New Orleans Saints have had ample time to assess necessary changes to attempt to make the final season push successful.
One of those said changes? Left guard. Offensive line coach Bret Ingalls spoke with the media Wednesday, and stated that the team is looking for answers at the respective position.
The New Orleans Saints haven’t had the best production from their guards this season, as Tim Lelito is currently the worst graded offensive lineman on the team at a -7.4 on his 630 snaps. That puts him ranked at No. 62 of 83 possible guards, per Pro Football Focus. Needless to say, Lelito has been extremely disappointing after earning the starting gig in training camp.
Lelito is in the final year of his contract, and is set to become a restricted free agent in 2016.
As far as the other performances at the guard position this season, it’s not that pretty.
New Orleans Saints Guard Summary
- Tim Lelito (62nd) – 630 snaps, -7.4 overall, 1 sack, 4 QB hits, 16 hurries
- Jahri Evans (43rd) – 532 snaps, -1.5 overall, 3 sacks, 4 hurries
- Senio Kelemete (53rd) – 323 snaps, -5.5 overall, 3 sacks, 2 QB hits, 9 hurries
It’s interesting that rookie Andrus Peat is getting some looks at the guard position. Back in August, Peat did get some test drives at the left guard spot, which is mainly what they were. Peat has been used more as the sixth offensive lineman in jumbo sets, and did start and play in all snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5.
Drew Brees has been sacked 23 times this season, and 6 of those have come in the past two games. He was sacked 29 times last season, so he’s on pace to beat that mark. Oh by the way, Brees’ career high in sacks was 37 in the 2013 season. Here’s to hoping the Saints figure out the answer sooner rather than later, as they are facing two premiere pass rushes (Houston and Carolina) over the next two weeks.