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  1. Statistically Speaking: Saints defense took giant leap forward, but still room for improvement BY JOEL A. ERICKSON | JERICKSON@THEADVOCATE.COM FEB 23, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrates a sack of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in the second half of an NFL Wild Card Playoff game in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON Facebook Twitter Email Print Sav Joel Erickson The New Orleans Saints defense is finally out of the cellar. Sparked by a young, big-play secondary and led by Dennis Allen's aggressive, attacking scheme, the Saints made big strides against the pass, making life so difficult on opposing passers that New Orleans ranked seventh in the NFL in passer rating allowed, the team's highest finish in that important statistic since the 2009 Super Bowl run. And led by Cameron Jordan's All-Pro season, the Saints put quarterbacks on their backs over and over again. There are places the Saints can improve, though. For example, New Orleans took a step back against the run, dropping from 15th in the league in yards per carry allowed all the way to 28th. New Orleans also struggled to get off the field on third down, finishing 27th in the NFL, a statistic that's awfully tough to square with their otherwise stellar performance against the pass. SCORING 2013: 4th, 19.0 points per game 2014: 28th, 26.5 ppg 2015: 32nd, 29.8 ppg 2016: 31st, 28.4 ppg 2017: 10th, 20.4 ppg TOTAL YARDS 2013: 4th, 305.7 yards per game 2014: 31st, 384.0 ypg 2015: 31st, 413.4 ypg 2016: 27th, 375.4 ypg 2017: 17th, 336.4 ypg YARDS PER PLAY 2013: 10th, 5.19 yards per play 2014: 31st, 6.01 ypp 2015: 32nd, 6.64 ypp 2016: 30th, 5.96 ypp 2017: 22nd, 5.37 ypp RUSHING YARDS 2013: 19th, 111.6 yards per game 2014: 29th, 132.8 ypg 2015: 31st, 129.4 ypg 2016: 14th, 101.6 ypg 2017: 16th, 111.7 ypg YARDS PER CARRY 2013: 28th, 4.61 yards per carry 2014: 31st, 4.81 ypc 2015: 32nd, 4.92 ypc 2016: 15th, 4.11 ypc 2017: 28th, 4.4 ypc RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS 2013: t-11th, 11 2014: t-28th, 17 2015: t-20th, 12 2016: t-28th, 19 2017: t-13th, 11 PASSING YARDS 2013: 2nd, 194.1 yards per game 2014: 25th, 251.2 ypg 2015: 31st, 284.0 ypg 2016: 32nd, 273.8 ypg 2017: 15th, 224.8 ypg COMPLETION PERCENTAGE 2013: t-15th, 60.0 percent 2014: 15th, 62.5 percent 2015: 31st, 68.4 percent 2016: t-26th, 64.9 percent 2017: 9th, 59.4 percent YARDS PER ATTEMPT 2013: 9th, 6.12 yards per attempt 2014: 27th, 7.36 ypa 2015: 32nd, 8.35 ypa 2016: 30th, 7.53 ypa 2017: 18th, 7.0 ypa PASSING TOUCHDOWNS 2013: 6th, 20 2014: t-17th, 26 2015: 32nd, 45 (NFL record) 2016: t-20th, 27 2017: t-12th, 22 INTERCEPTIONS 2013: 22nd, 2.37 percent of attempts, 12 overall 2014: 23rd, 2.20 percent of attempts, 12 overall 2015: 27th, 1.65 percent of attempts, 9 overall 2016: 27th, 1.55 percent of attempts, 9 overall 2017: 3rd, 3.61 percent of attempts, 20 overall QUARTERBACK RATING 2013: 14th, 83.6 rating 2014: 24th, 92.9 rating 2015: 32nd, 116.2 rating (NFL record) 2016: 29th, 98.1 rating 2017: 7th, 79.0 rating SACKS 2013: 4th, 9.66 percent of attempts, 49 overall 2014: 23rd, 6.23 percent of attempts, 34 overall 2015: 27th, 5.70 percent of attempts, 31 overall 2016: 27th, 5.15 percent of attempts, 30 overall 2017: 8th, 7.58 percent of attempts, 42 overall FIRST DOWNS 2013: 1st, 17.1 first downs per game 2014: 28th, 21.6 first downs per game 2015: 32nd, 23.8 first downs per game 2016: t-27th, 22.1 first downs per game 2017: 15th, 19.3 first downs per game THIRD-DOWN CONVERSIONS 2013: 9th, 34.67 percent 2014: 31st, 46.05 percent 2015: 22nd, 40.34 percent 2016: 28th, 43.30 percent 2017: 27th, 41.04 percent RED-ZONE PERCENTAGE 2013: 18th, 56.52 percent 2014: 30th, 62.75 percent 2015: 32nd, 67.69 percent 2016: 23rd, 57.14 percent 2017: 14th, 52.08 percent TURNOVERS FORCED 2013: 29th, 19 (12 interceptions, 7 fumbles recovered) 2014: 28th, 17 (12 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered) 2015: t-18th, 22 (9 interceptions, 13 fumbles recovered) 2016: t-17th, 21 (9 interceptions, 12 fumbles recovered) 2017: t-9th, 25 (20 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered)
  2. It's always nice to have international fans chime in. We enjoy posters from all around the world and it's nice to add another knowledged one to our Who Dat base.
  3. Welcome to the Zone. You made a nice breakdown and you did some homework. Our first need is signing Brees, period. What we're left with will let us know what we're going to be able to do. You have quite a list of players to resign and it will be near impossible to retain them all. Okafor is by far the biggest hope of resigning IMO, he was a disruptor. I expect us to groom a DE via the draft and Cam and Okafor will be great teachers. My gut says let Coleman and Snead go. The Coleman experiment has gone on years longer than it should, he's a solid blocker, however, we need consistent receivers and he's just not cutting it. Snead blew his chances this past season for the drunk driving suspension and he never seemed to recover or regain the trust of Brees. Ginn takes the top off and allowed Thomas to be the second most consistent hands in the NFL. I think we find a WR via free agency, whom, I'm just terrible at guessing, but I bet Brees and Payton know. When it comes to mocks, I'm just not up to the speed nor have I found the interest to go that deep. I'm in the midst of soccer season so my interest is there and in cycling due to the spring classics every weekend. People are much better at mocks and I see it as a huge guessing game. A guessing game some of the people around this board do well. We have the Draft Zone which is a section of the WhoDatZone where we discuss all things draft. Don't get me wrong I do follow college football for a good part but when it comes to the draft positions and placements, to me, it all goes out the window quickly in the first round and then organized chaos depending on teams needs and trade ammo. I appreciate the drama and I like to watch it unfold. My prognostication senses are in the nill to null range. I'll read what y'all put-down but I can't honestly participate as it's a random dart game. I appreciate the science and I like to learn how people arrive at their choices. I'm curious as you have not one but 2 Tulane players being drafted, how did you arrive at those choices specifically? I'm in the mindset to trade up in the top 20 and land QB Baker Mayfield from OU. Payton likes him and he has a fire that Brees can work with. That will require a first this year and next year and a 3rd potentially. Depending on need and an available trading partner I do feel he specifically is worth going for. Others do not agree with this train of thought. If that is not an option then we go BPA in the area of DE/LB/DB. Brees is not getting younger and grooming Mayfield this year would be optimal for all, IMO. If not go defense. If we go, Mayfield, this will dictate where we go draft-wise. It will be positions of need that we have not satisfied with via free agency.
  4. This is what winning looks like, for reals. Take note Ms. Swaney, you'll never know this feeling.
  5. Agreed on all points Slidell Saint, honestly, it bugs me as well and it doesn't sit right with me. When I had a cycling team I had members try and get to the world-class level. We were an amateur feeder team, meaning our kids were on the cusp of being paid professional cyclists for a living. We trained them and got them into races against big budget teams. We raced against the best and lost mostly but we got our share of wins. These kids got exposure so these pro teams got to notice them and their results and thus they were signed ultimately by some of those teams. I was proud to send quite a few kids to the big leagues, no easy task I might add. It was the second highest level to achieve, first being Team USA. Over the past decade, only one kid has done it and he was almost on my team. He's currently a world champ on the track and is racing for the USA internationally and he just won a world title for the track. This kid has put in DECADES of hard work to be where he is. He didn't half-ass it or quarter-ass it as this woman has gamed the system. I've watched countless dreams smashed on the rocks of hugely talented kids who I thought had the talent to make it, yet they didn't meet the standards in the end. I've held these kids as they've cried their eyes out as their dreams are snuffed out completely. It hurts, they just weren't good enough, that's life, it tough and you have to be tough to be there. To see someone game the system for some weak Olympic experience that should have never been just will never sit right for me. I never had the dream, I lived it thru those that have and I'm tickled to see Daniel Holloway get his world champion stripes. Those stripes are forever on his jerseys, out of respect for the goal achieved. Few ever sniff the chance to get one much less actually own it. It takes blood, sweat, tears, and amazing sacrifices on a daily basis to be consistent and world-class status. She can brag about her experience all she wants, she'll never have the integrity and respect of those that have actually sacrificed everything for the dream they've actually achieved. I hope Daniel has the consistent strength to make it 2 more years. To see him race and place a medal in the Olympics would make me beyond proud. Chances are tough for him to do that, but he's striving for it and I hope he's in the shape currently then. Time will tell.
  6. They better hope he doesn't sign that offer quickly or they're royally screwed in cap hell.
  7. And Landry gets screwed. He was really wanting change of scenery money only to get the money and no location change. 16M for a slot receiver is a whole lotta crazy IMO. Yes he's caught the most catches but the Dolphins? Really? You went there? Landry gets stuck in mediocrity, he's gotta be not happy on hand and a happy bank account on the other. The ugly business side of the game.
  8. Skill position, rare skill even, we had to lock him up. Good job Loomis.
  9. the textbook definition of consistency at a high level.
  10. 1. Michael Thomas, WR 2017 Overall Grade: 93.0 Following an impressive rookie year in 2016, the former Ohio State Buckeye kept his foot firmly on the gas throughout the 2017 campaign and proved to be a vital component of an offense that fell just inches short of an NFC Championship appearance. In his 16 regular season games, Thomas was targeted on 25.9 percent of quarterback Drew Brees’ pass attempts, which makes him the most targeted player of Brees’ career within the PFF era (2006 – present). Thomas ended the campaign averaging 2.39 yards per route run, which was tied for the league’s fourth-best mark among receivers with at least 45 targets. Throughout the season, Thomas excelled in contested catch situations and fielded a catch rate of 56.3 percent on his 32 contested targets, the third-best mark among receivers. He ended the season with an ‘elite’ receiving grade of 91.8, which was the second to only Antonio Brown this year, which in and of itself tells you all you need to know about the exceptional year that Thomas just had.
  11. 35 cornerbacks saw 500 snaps in coverage in the regular and postseason in 2017. Only two can say that they didn't allow a single touchdown!
  12. What an asshat, seriously, it's a privilege to be selected to represent your country, people spend decades preparing. What she did was flat out fraud, across the board.