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Saints Draft Analysis: Offensive Tackles

Unlike most of the positions we have looked at thus far in this series, the offensive tackle position has met with its share of scrutiny for the New Orleans Saints in recent years. The drafting and subsequent moving into the rotation of Terron Armstead did a lot to strengthen this position, though. Zach Strief has graded out as one of the best offensive tackles in the league in recent...
Via Pro Football Spot
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Pro Football Spot
5 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...
Via The Saints Nation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Final 2014 Saints Nation Player Grades

With the season officially over, I’ve included below all the player GPAs for the season in order of best to worst. I will be announcing my player awards for the season soon but before I do that you’ll get a good sense of who will win what based on these final grades. The GPAs were worse than last year, you’ll see the difference between a 7-9 team and an 11-5 one below. Of...
Via The Saints Nation
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Podcast: Saints Beat Tampa, Ruin Draft Position, End 7-9

The boys recap the Saints meaningless season ending win in Tampa, plus Special ‘Serial’ Open Ralph wonders how spectacular the Tank Job by Lovie Smith was Sean Payton didn’t fire anyone today, will he do so later? Marques Colston returning in 2015 Zach Strief comments on players late to meeting and flights Who had worst year on Saints in 2014? Will Drew Brees renegotiate?...
Via The Saints Nation
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals' Hunt, Saints' Strief, leave with injuries

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Cincinnati Bengals reserve defensive end Margus Hunt has been taken on a cart from the sideline to have his right ankle examined during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Hunt walked gingerly off the field after the final play of the first quarter, a short pass from Drew Brees to fullback Erik Lorig. The Bengals have listed his return as questionable...
Via AP on Fox
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals' Hunt, Saints' Strief, leave with injuries

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Cincinnati Bengals reserve defensive end Margus Hunt has been taken on a cart from the sideline to have his right ankle examined during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Hunt walked gingerly off the field after the final play of the first quarter, a short pass from Drew Brees to fullback Erik Lorig. The Bengals have listed his return as questionable...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Willis, Skuta out for 49ers vs. Saints

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have scratched injured starting linebackers Patrick Willis and Dan Skuta for Sunday's game against New Orleans. The Saints will have right tackle Zach Strief in uniform after he missed practice all week with a chest injury, and also have activated center Jonathan Goodwin, who has been limited by ankle and knee injuries. Skuta, who has an...
Via AP on Fox
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to look for in 49ers at Saints

The 4-4 49ers are coming to town to face the 4-4 Saints. Who saw that one coming? Don’t all speak up at once. In theory these are two teams much better than their record struggling to consistently play their best football. That makes both of them desperate at this state of the season and therefore extremely dangerous. The good news is this game is in New Orleans and the Saints...
Via The Saints Nation
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints, Panthers square off for NFC South lead

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have to find a way to win on the road if they plan to take over first place in the NFC South. That's something they haven't been able to do this season. The Saints are 3-0 at home but 0-4 away from the Superdome entering Thursday night's critical division game at Carolina (3-4-1). It's not that the Saints haven't been close...
Via AP on Fox
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints-Panthers Preview

A dominant primetime home victory won't mean much if the New Orleans Saints can't follow it up with a much-needed road win. The Saints can overtake Carolina for the top spot in the weak NFC South by avoiding an eighth straight regular-season road defeat Thursday night against the struggling Panthers. Drew Brees threw for 311 yards with three touchdowns, Mark Ingram ran for a career...
Via AP on Fox
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints leaders aim to keep morale, focus high

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints' early season slide is the kind of scenario Sean Payton had in mind when the coach and his staff placed a premium on character during player evaluations. ''This is when you get tested a little bit - not just physically, but you get tested mentally, emotionally,'' Payton said Wednesday, referring to New Orleans' 1-3 start. ''When we go into...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints taking critical look at first win

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints are taking a critical look at their first victory of the season. While they're relieved they've finally won after a pair of close loses to open the season, they're not entirely happy with how they played in their home opener against Minnesota. ''Obviously a ton of stuff to keep working on and I don't think anyone is satisfied with how the...
Via AP on Fox
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Strong reactions to Rice video, player's release

Even NFL players who rarely criticize each other publicly made their feelings clear Monday on Ray Rice through social media and in interviews. Reaction was swift and powerful to the release of a video showing the Baltimore running back striking his then-fiancee, and the Ravens subsequently releasing him. Said Saints tackle Zach Strief: ''I don't know Ray Rice, but I know that video...
Via AP on Fox
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Position Rankings: Offensive Tackles

1. LT Joe ThomasIn today’s NFL, no aspect of playing tackle is more important than pass protection, and no one currently does that better than Thomas. Blessed with exceptional quickness and well-developed technique, Thomas is an expert at shutting down edge rushers and keeping his quarterback clean.2. LT Jason PetersA former tight end, Peters might be the most athletic tackle in...
Via Pro Football Spot
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Drew Brees sits out Saints scrimmage with strained oblique

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees sat out Saturday’s scrimmage because of a strained left oblique, Saints coach Sean Payton said at his post-scrimmage news conference. Payton told the media that Brees is “day to day” and that the team would monitor the injury. “In the a.m. practice yesterday, he strained his left oblique. So we’ll take it day to day. But we didn’t...
Via Sports-Glory
August 02, 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...
Via cover32 - Saints
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Frazier’s Top 10 Right Tackles

1.  Zach Strief, RT, Saints #183472154 / gettyimages.com Strief is an essential part of the Saints dynamic passing attack.  While he isn’t the best run blocker, his balance as a pass blocker is second to none.  His versatility is also a big plus.
Via TopSportsReport
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation Mailbag 6/9

It’s been a while since we’ve done the twitter question mailbag and it’s been a slow period in Saints news so this is a great time to do it. Thanks again to all of you who dropped some questions. Let’s get right to it: @SaintsNationBlg plus minus on oline tds this year — supersaiyansaint (@kirus16) June 8, 2014   I knew I could count on you Brian. I’m going to set the...
Via The Saints Nation
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Position Breakdown: New Orleans Saints’ offensive line could be diamond in the rough

The final offensive position of note on my positional breakdown of the Saints roster is the offensive line. Currently rostered offensive tackles: Terron Armstead, Zach Strief, Bryce Harris, Tavon Rooks, Marcel Jones, Thomas Welch, Jason Weaver, Manase Foketi and Ty Nsekhe. Currently rostered interior offensive linemen: Jahri Evans, Ben Grubbs, Tim Lelito, Jonathan Goodwin, Matt Armstrong...
Via cover32 - Saints
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints 2014 NFL Draft Board Version 3.0 ☆

This is the third draft big board I have done for the Saints and quite a few things have changed since the last one I completed just prior to free agency’s start over a month ago. Down the list are offensive tackles after the re-signing of Zach Strief and safeties after the Saints signed Jairus Byrd, Marcus Ball and retained Rafael Bush. Corner is still a need, too, but the signing...
Via The Saints Nation
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

With de la Puente bolting to Chicago, O-line needs help ☆

When free agency began the consensus was that the Saints were likely to lose one of their two free agent starting offensive linemen. Most agreed that Zach Strief was the priority to retain, which happened, but the Saints will be going with a new starting center in 2014 as Brian de la Puente signed a 1 year deal with the Chicago Bears. The Bears are fairly set on the interior with...
Via The Saints Nation
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Podcast Tournament: Most Hated Saint Ever, Bracket 1

The boys discuss the Saints resigning Zach Strief. Ralph doesn't understand all the angst from Saints bloggers over Strief's return. Dave gives his thought on Jairus Byrd signing.  The Saints made a couple of surprise moves by resigning Joe Morgan and adding Buccaneer fullback Erik Lorig. No Kevin doesn't know who he is either. Andrew wonders if the Saints should sign Sidney...
Via The Saints Nation
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Free Agents Still Available the Saints Could Target

With most of the top tier guys off the market teams are slowly working towards the bargain basement shopping portion of free agency. Jairus Byrd was the big fish the Saints were able to land, and retaining Zach Strief was huge too, but at this point I find it hard to imagine the Saints will sign a guy with significant cost. That doesn't mean there's not some good players out there...
Via The Saints Nation
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Free Agents Still Available the Saints Could Target

With most of the top tier guys off the market teams are slowly working towards the bargain basement shopping portion of free agency. Jairus Byrd was the big fish the Saints were able to land, and retaining Zach Strief was huge too, but at this point I find it hard to imagine the Saints will sign a guy with significant cost. That doesn't mean there's not some good players out there...
Via The Saints Nation
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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