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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
David Sabino
June 24, 2009
ENEMY LINESWHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS
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June 24, 2009

New Orleans Saints

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ENEMY LINES
WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS

"Drew Brees can put up numbers like nobody's business. He likes to throw the football, and [coach] Sean Payton likes to throw the football. Those two are perfect for each other.... When Reggie Bush went down, Pierre Thomas carried the mail for them, and the Saints must think he can be effective, because they didn't draft a running back. I can still see them getting another guy before the season starts, though. Bush is not an every-down back. He'll be in the same role he has been in, as a pass catcher out of the backfield.... Marques Colston [below] is one of the receivers that fantasy owners have to have. Brees looks for him. He could be the No. 1 receiver in the league.... If you watched Jeremy Shockey last year after he returned from injuries, he was not the same guy. He wasn't getting separation. The question is, Will he be healthy?"

PLAYERS WHO MATTER
DEPTHCHART

QB
1. DREW BREES
2. JOEY HARRINGTON

RB
1. PIERRE THOMAS
2. REGGIE BUSH
3. MIKE BELL

WR
1. MARQUES COLSTON
2. LANCE MOORE
3. DEVERY HENDERSON

TE
1. JEREMY SHOCKEY
2. BILLY MILLER

K
1. GARRETT HARTLEY

ANALYZING THE OFFENSE
THE BREAKDOWN

HOW THEY RUN
Perhaps the most perplexing thing about the Saints' draft was their failure to acquire a quality back (Beanie Wells? Donald Brown?) to compete for carries after the release of Deuce McAllister. Reggie Bush is the big name, but with just 1,550 career rushing yards and 10 missed games over the past two seasons, he's been ineffective as an every-down back and less than durable. Last year's top runner, Pierre Thomas, had nine rushing touchdowns and is a more reliable option for those in need of yards.

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