Saints Review: Offensive and Defensive Line Positions

While researching offensive line statistics, I expected to find not-so good stats, which would explain the struggles of the offense this season. Don’t get me wrong, there are some that explain the struggles, but there were some surprises.Let’s dig into the numbers.First, the Saints’ offensive line was the most experienced in the NFL. They had a combined 459 starts between Zach...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints positional review: Offensive Line

The offensive line is a very interesting post for me to write simply because depending on how I choose to rate them, and at what time in the season, I could have them just below the secondary and linebackers on my ‘need’ list or right by QB (where they are). If you remember I am doing these in the opposite order of how much rage they caused me this season, in other words the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Saints take their ‘last ride’ against Tampa

That game was the only possible way the 2014 season could end. The Saints were out of sync, underperformed, hurt, and simply not themselves. At least, they weren’t the team we are used to seeing. This is however the Saints team that has existed since the loss to the Niners; with the exception of the game against Pittsburgh the Saints have been a hollow and broken shell of their...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints offense could face changes after season

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Four seasons after the Saints traded to get back into the first round of the draft to select Mark Ingram, the running back could be playing in his final game with New Orleans on Sunday. He's not the only one. With the Saints missing the playoffs for only the fourth time in nine seasons, New Orleans' offense could see a roster shakeup in the offseason. The Saints...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Offensive Player Grades vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Saints put up 10 points at home against the 30th defense in the NFL. Granted the defense allowed such long clock draining drives, that didn’t help, but the bottom line is the production wasn’t good enough. The Saints put up 75 yards on the ground and 2.9 per carry against a defense that was giving up over 140 yards per game rushing and 4.5 per carry going in. The offensive...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints need to perfect offensive shootouts

You probably don’t need me to tell you that Sunday night’s performance in front of a national audience was the Saints’ best in 2014. That’s because it was their best, by a landslide. Aside from the common metrics—21-point differential, four sacks, +2 in turnover differential, 193 rushing yards and 311 net passing yards—the Saints also managed to win on third down in a...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Things to Look for in Saints @ Lions

The bye week was fun and all but I’ve been desperate for some Saints football. I will admit that sitting on an overtime walk off win for two weeks has been much easier to tolerate than some bye weeks in the past. In just a handful of hours the Saints will be back to their season and this is a chance to get back to .500 for the first time since Cleveland made that gut wrenching...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

By the Numbers: New Orleans Saints running game

With the New Orleans Saints’ road game against the Detroit Lions looming and the first six weeks of the 2014 NFL season in rearview, this makes for a great opportunity to put some perspective on how the Saints have performed compared to previous years.  So I’ve consulted the great information available from the folks at (subscription required) to see what’s...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

5 reasons the New Orleans Saints will beat the Vikings

On a more positive note, the Saints will return home on Sunday to kick off their 2014 home schedule against the Minnesota Vikings – a unit coming off a dismantling loss at home against the New England Patriots. Here are our top five reasons the Saints will be able to do the same in New Orleans. 5.) They can run the football, regardless of who’s in the backfield   I’m very...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Where the Saints roster stands with injuries and depth

Time is dwindling for the Saints to get themselves prepared for the regular season, particularly with some of the veteran players who have been missing practice. That’s why yesterday had some terrific news if you’ve been paying attention to the team’s extensive injury list. Drew Brees, Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs all returned to practice in full for the 11 on 11 drills, a surefire...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Young Guys Making Names for Themselves, Pushing Veterans. Saints Preseason Week 2 Review

#453667246 / Deuce Windham NFC South Staff Writer Once again the Saints flicked on the Friday Night Lights and completed their second preseason game of the 2014 season with a victory.  We move to 2-0 during the preseason (a meaningless stat, but) and there was a lot of good, and bad, performances to go over from last night’s game. Drew Brees, Jahri Evans and Ben...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints prepare to march into New Orleans with questions marks

Wednesday the New Orleans Saints capped off their West Virginia training camp experiment on a high note, with players and coaches heralding the three-week stay at the Greenbrier as a triumphant success.  Head coach Sean Payton predicts the team will return for more pre-seasons than the current contract calls for at the present time.  "It's written for the next two years, but we...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

4 standout players from the New Orleans Saints preseason opener

Everyone knows about the highlights from the New Orleans Saints’ preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.  Brandin Cooks’ 25-yard touchdown reception is already making the rounds of the Internet and getting fantasy football enthusiasts excited.  Mark Ingram’s 8-carry, 83-yard performance has been the talk of the town – even without his two 22-yard runs (one of which went...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints win preseason opener 26-24 at Rams

It was about what you’d expect from a preseason game. Lots of sloppiness, mistakes, and boredom to a degree. But I thought the positives outweighed the negatives overall. The Rams missed a 59 yard field goal just wide left at the buzzer to finish the game. The Saints will leave this game with plenty to work on but when you consider the fact that both sides of the ball showed good...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Greenbrier Day 4 recap

This was my final full day at the Greenbrier and I’m sad to see it coming to an end. Today was very much the massacre day as the Saints are starting to drop like flies. A lot of guys are banged up. As much as I can tell, here’s the injury status right now: Drew Brees (oblique) not in pads, practicing a bit with conditioning off to the side. Champ Bailey (foot) has been out, was...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Greenbrier day 3 recap

The most significant thing I noticed at practice yesterday was that Jonathan Goodwin had been moved to left guard to compensate for the continued absence of Ben Grubbs. Goodwin took every single snap at that position with the 1s throughout practice. Interestingly, the guy he replaced in Senio Kelemete didn’t go to the bench but instead shifted over to center. That was a very curious...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: New Orleans Saints could have the best offensive line in the NFL

Thanks to the NBA Finals/Free Agency and the World Cup the summer sporting doldrums have seemed to fly by, and we’re under one week away from Training Camps kicking off across the NFL. To catch you up to speed on all things Saints, each day we’ll preview a different position and give you an idea of what to keep an eye on while you watch reports coming out of The Greenbrier in...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

A look ahead: New Orleans Saints 2015 draft prospects / part two

For fans of football (that’s not of the soccer variety being played in Brazil), this is perhaps the most boring period of the year; free agency and the draft have come and gone, OTAs are over and training camp is yet to begin. With a lack of things to discuss, I figure I’d turn my thoughts to next year’s draft. While I’m at least half a year too early in thinking about this...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation’s Exclusive Interview with Saints’ Pro Bowl Guard Ben Grubbs ☆

I had the honor to catch up with Saints' Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs as he's promoting his softball game on May 15th in Metairie at Zephyr Field. The game is partnering with the Ben Grubbs #66 Foundation which supports children in single parent homes. Below we discussed his career, the Saints' offensive line, the changes to the personnel up front and what the Darren Sproles trade means...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation's Exclusive Interview with Saints' Pro Bowl Guard Ben Grubbs

I had the honor to catch up with Saints' Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs as he's promoting his softball game on May 15th in Metairie at Zephyr Field. The game is partnering with the Ben Grubbs #66 Foundation which supports children in single parent homes. Below we discussed his career, the Saints' offensive line, the changes to the personnel up front and what the Darren Sproles trade means...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Split decision for the best guard the Baltimore Ravens have ever drafted

It’s tough to really try to differentiate as to who the best guard/center the Ravens have ever drafted truly is. We will bend the rules a bit and give you two.   Ben Grubbs The 29th pick out of the 2007 draft was a big success when he was drafted out of Auburn. Grubbs was a big playmaker coming out of college with great technique and a great work ethic. Grubbs played for the Ravens...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Need at center dependent upon The Bridge

The Saints saw solid production from their offensive line in 2013, especially from the three hogs in the middle. Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs were rewarded for their stellar play with Pro Bowl selections, while the most underrated center (perhaps even offensive lineman) in the game continued to turn in excellent performance after excellent performance. Fans of the Saints know just...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Center and guard prospects not on Saints’ radar

Few teams are in a position where they can essentially eliminate one position from their draft board altogether, but that’s exactly where the Saints find themselves when it comes to interior lineman. New Orleans is home to (potentially) the best duo of guards in the game in Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs. Both were pro bowlers in 2013, and neither is in play for free agency this year...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

2nd Annual Ben Grubbs #66 Foundation Softball Game Returns to New Orleans With Saints Offense ...

New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs wants revenge – but it’s all for a good cause.   Grubbs is hosting his annual charity softball game on Thursday, May 15 at Zephyr Field in Metairie with more than 30 current Saints players expected to participate.   The game is open to the public. Tickets go on sale Monday (Feb. 24) at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: State of the Offensive Line

How many times as Saints Fans, while watching a game, have we said: “C’mon man!”, “Are you kidding me?”, “Block for him!”, “There’s too much pressure on Drew!” ? In my opinion, this has been a difficult year for the Saints Offensive Line. Maybe it’s just because we saw so much improvement in the defense department and tend to focus on Drew and the running game...
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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