Saints Questions: Which is the critical game on the schedule?

Saints Questions: Which is the critical game on the schedule?

A win in Atlanta, where the Saints mostly have been successful since 2006, would set the tone for a winnable final quarter-plus of the season. A little history here: The Saints are 6-1 since 2006 in Week 12 games, losing for the first time last season 31-21 to San Francisco. That also was the first time the Saints werent coached by Sean Payton in Week 12 game. New Orleans also is 5-2 against Atlanta in the Peach State. Again, one of those losses was last season when Payton wasnt roaming the sidelines. And the Saints are 11-3 against Atlanta since 2006. However, theres a big asterisk to this one. As critical as this game appears on the schedule in July, its certainly not the end all, be all of the season. Just ask San Francisco and Baltimore, who played in Super Bowl XLVII in February.

Sean Payton, Saints ready to work with camp nearing

The Saints really needed to improve the edges entrusted to protect Drew Brees, however. Right tackle Zach Strief wasn’t all that impressive in 2012 and needs to improve while Jermon Bushrod left in free agency to Chicago, leaving left tackle to Charles Brown or perhaps talented but raw rookie Terron Armstead. Payton has said that the team’s left tackle spot keeps him up at night. New Orleans also failed to add reliable depth at receiver behind Marques Colston and Lance Moore. The Saints defense was a mess in ’12, finishing at the bottom of the league in a number of defensive categories so Payton fired coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and hired Rob Ryan to make the switch to 3-4 scheme, meaning the team must find fits for that philosophy whether it means a true nose tackle, a five-technique end or edge pass rushers. The transition wasn’t made any easier when promising free agent linebacker Victor Butler tore his ACL during organized team activities. PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern): Aug 9 – vs.

In St. Paul-Saints deal for ballpark, team would pay more

So, hopefully we’ve got that added dimension in the running game and a more balanced attack. Hopefully we’re playing better defense. If you look back at ’06, ’09, ’10 and ’11 – we were opportunistic on defense and we had some balance to what we did. I think that’s been a good formula for us. When those get out of whack, there’s more pressure on the quarterback, and you’re asking him to do more than you want,” Payton says. The Saints new 3-4 Defense will play a major role in determining whether the Black and Gold can make another championship run. New Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan has a depth chart built, tentatively showing who plays where and when in his system. Some players’ roles are solidified.

New Orleans Saints 2013 Training Camp Preview

Paul and the St. Paul Saints have reached a tentative agreement that might cover the revised costs of a new 7,000-seat minor-league ballpark in Lowertown with $6 million in internal city loans and $2 million from city cash accounts. A ballpark budget amendment goes before the St. Paul City Council next Wednesday. The St.


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