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  2. I Listened to a David Griffin interview yesterday. He danced around the Zion question with analytics. It appears to me he wants a lottery pick next year.
  3. Rivera won't be unemployed very long. He knows defense
  4. True. The Titans did the same thing to Eddie George. At least Kamara splits time as a WR.
  5. I heard that announcement about Zion too. Very disappointing. Just saw that the Knicks fired their coach, and they are only 2 games worse than the Pelicans. I just looked up Gentry's career records as a coach. 1 season with Miami - losing record 3 seasons with Detroit - 2 losing seasons, 1 winning season 3 seasons with the Clippers - 3 losing seasons 5 seasons with Phoenix - 2 winning seasons, 1 .500 season, 2 losing seasons 4 seasons with New Orleans - 3 losing seasons, 1 winning season. And the early signs for season 5 indicate a losing season. So he's had 4 winning seasons, 1 .500 season, and 11 losing seasons working on a 12th. Not a great resume there.
  6. Yesterday
  7. I hear what you guys are saying, but Hill at QB every once in a while is capable of breaking a long run - last week's 30 yard TD run against ATL for example. It can't be too often or the element of surprise is lost. But he's got a knack for getting yards we need when we need them and he can get a head of steam going when running from the QB position. But sometimes Payton overuses him in that role...true.
  8. My son had a game last night so I didn't go or watch this one either. Not sure what to make of it. But if you read any of the main Pelican beat writers regularly (Kushner at the Advocate, Guillory at the Athletic), you can see the tone of the stories took a darker tone this week with the announcement that Zion wasn't going to make it back in the 6-8 week timeline originally stated. They are both much more critical of the organization and how this season is being handled. Very critical of Gentry and his system and style. From a media standpoint he's squarely on the hotseat. Griff's honeymoon is definitely over.
  9. I want Taysom on the field but not at QB. That’s Brees’s job. He can be the TE/WR/H-Back. We need help at the receiver position.
  10. I didn't see any of this game. Based on the box score, we had a turn of events. Instead of blowing the game in the 4th quarter again, the Pelicans won the 4th quarter 34-18 to send the game to overtime just to lose overtime 14-7. I guess I should be happy and take this as progress? Nah. Still an L. Can't do it.
  11. Good pick up under the circumstances but don't know what kind of shape he's in tho.
  12. Hill can't read defenses like Brees can. He's not able to see the whole field like Brees can. Look I lime Hill but he's a jack of all trades and a master of none. Putting him in at qb takes Brees out of his rythum and bogs down the offense. I don't like it.
  13. I think he's right. After the success lamar Jackson had last week, I can see us running some RPO and some designed taysom runs
  14. Last week
  15. I'm honestly not sure how much we will use him but I am glad they are worrying about it. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/12/05/49ers-bracing-for-heavy-dose-of-taysom-hill/ 49ers bracing for heavy dose of Taysom Hill Posted by Mike Florio on December 5, 2019, 5:24 PM EST Getty Images Saints coach Sean Payton said after quarterback-of-all-trades Taysom Hill had a big night against the Falcons that the team probably should use Hill even more. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is bracing for it. “He’s a factor every week for them whether it’s at quarterback or any of the positions except for O-Line is I think the only one I haven’t seen him play,” Shanahan told reporters earlier this week. “He’s an unbelievable player on special teams. There’s no doubt we’re going to see him, we just don’t know exactly how.” Hill had a touhdown reception and a touchdown run last week. The Saints also got him the ball with an opportunity to uncork a deep throw, but the Falcons were ready for it. Hill’s arm becomes a potentially important weapon down the stretch because starting quarterback Drew Brees, who turns 41 in little more than a month, doesn’t have the arm strength that he once did. With Hill on the field sparingly, defense will look for the long ball; the more often he’s playing, the harder it will be to constantly guard against Hill trying to air it out.
  16. Kirkwood is also staying on IR... Mike TriplettESPN Staff Writer The Saints released TE Dan Arnold to make room for newly-signed LB Manti Te'o. They also decided to keep WR Keith Kirkwood on injured reserve for the remainder of the season instead of adding him to their active roster. I would have preferred he came off.
  17. I think that's partly because the other TE is a better blocker. Line is not a full participant in practice either.
  18. I'm glad we're not the only ones noticing how lopsided the flags have been this season.
  19. Looks like I got the wrong TE
  20. What a great article. Agree completely about The Athletic. Love reading it.
  21. What's with the penalty disparity between the Saints and their opponents? John Sigler December 2, 2019 2:37 pm ET 102 people are talking about this The New Orleans Saints have overcome plenty of adversity this year, ranging from the five-week loss of starting quarterback Drew Brees to an opening-half schedule that saw them travel to play four opponents on the road in their first six weeks. They’ve also dealt with extra attention from the NFL’s referees and their officiating crews. That’s just part of the game, but this season (and in recent weeks specifically), it’s been unprecedented. Check out the chart above from Jeff Asher of AH Datalytics, sourced from Pro Football Reference. From what we can see there, the Saints and their opponents have largely been penalized at similar rates; New Orleans played largely-clean football from 2006 to 2009, though a brief window from 2015 to 2017 saw their sloppy play benefit their opponents. But this latest surge in fouls has been very clearly one-sided. The Saints are averaging 7.9 penalties per game, which ranks eighth-worst in the NFL. That’s turned into 68.3 penalty yards per game, nearly the equivalent of an offensive drive downfield after good starting field position. It’s kept a number of opposing drives alive, with New Orleans’ opponents gaining the second-most first downs by penalty per game (2.8) in the league. And as the chart above demonstrates, the teams playing the Saints are not being held to the same standard. Those opponents are averaging the fewest penalties per game (5.3) and penalty yards surrendered per game (40.6) in football, granting the Saints the second-fewest first downs by penalty per game (0.92) around the NFL. In a perfect world, officials would keep things fair and balanced and refuse to let one team get away with foul-worthy plays while turning a blind eye to their opponents. However, so long as people — with limited vision and too much autonomy to make judgment calls — are in charge, mistakes are going to happen. You would expect one team to end the day with fewer penalties than their opponent; typically speaking, some teams are better-coached and more disciplined than others. But the difference between how the Saints are being judged and how their opponents are being officiated deserves inspection. One possible answer for that disparity could be that the Saints are playing a schedule filled with the league’s fewest-penalized teams. That’s not the case. New Orleans has played many teams ranked inside the top half of the league in penalties and penalty yards per game. We’ve broken down their penalty stats per game against what they were fouled for in the Saints’ games in the chart below: This illustrates how officiating was nearly even to start the year, if marginally beneficial to the Saints. But over time (especially in recent weeks) there has been a visible shift in opposing teams being fouled less often against the Saints than in their typical games. Things bottomed out in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, when they were fouled for 6.8 penalties and 61.5 penalty yards below their season averages. There’s been a clear shift since that game. On the whole, the Saints’ opponents have averaged 2.2 fewer penalties per game and 21.4 fewer penalty yards per game when playing against New Orleans than in their typical outings. In a vacuum, that isn’t much. But when considered in the big picture, those numbers snowball into 35.2 penalties and 342.4 penalty yards over a 16-game season. So what gives? Are the Saints playing sloppy, while their opponents suddenly turn in their cleanest games of the year back-to-back-to-back? Or are the officials allowing the teams playing the Saints to get away with the ticky-tack fouls that happen on every down (holding, hands-to-the-face, that sort of thing) while not giving New Orleans the same leeway? It’s bizarre to say the least. A big part of the problem is limited sample size. Analyzing the game from a quantifiable perspective like this works in other sports like baseball and basketball because there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of data points to work with, whereas football begins and ends very quickly, relying on a 16-game regular season and four-stage postseason tournament. Instances like this are easy to explain away as an outlier, a freak accident, against what recent history informs us. That said, it’s totally understandable if fans aren’t satisfied with that explanation. It’s frustrating to see your team get fouled for what the other squad gets away with, week in and week out. For his part, Saints coach Sean Payton isn’t going to chalk up these lost plays and surrendered yards to any biases from the NFL’s officials. He’s preached the need for improved coaching from his staff as well as better discipline from his players, summing up the situation after their penalty-filled Week 12 win over the Carolina Panthers as, “We are going to need to be smarter in bigger games.” That makes sense, because it’s all he and his team can control. Hopefully the Saints can clean it up and give the officials fewer opportunities to impact their games. Despite dealing with quality opponents and a fine-combed approach by the zebras, the Saints are still 10-2 and owners of their third consecutive NFC South title. https://saintswire.usatoday.com/2019/12/02/saints-penalty-stats-vs-opponents-nfl-officiating/
  22. I truly believe the key to winning this game will be the run game and Murray. To wear out the pass rushers, and not have to worry about their secondary as much would be nice. I read today they have the 22nd best run defense. Time to lean pon the big hogs and ride them to victory.
  23. I think they need to fire their GM as well. Not that he is a bad coach, but the Panthers are shortening the career of McCaffrey. I am not going to complain, but the touches he has since being in the league is crazy!
  24. Yeah if Zack Line is clear to go it could be a depth move. Which I wouldn't mind.
  25. That makes sense.
  26. I think they will cut that new te that was brought up for the Atlanta game
  27. He’s a good player and there is no lack of effort from Te’o... with two starters out, or even doubtful for the next game, the Saints have to bring in depth, especially against a good running team like SF.
  28. If I remember right, he had a monster game against Atlanta on Prime Time a couple seasons back for us.
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