Discipline and doing the little things right

The Saints
showed a lot of both traits on Sunday and for the first time this season looked
like a team that didn’t need every ounce of their allotted 60 minutes to dispose
of an opponent.Small details that give players an advantage over their
opposition can start in the classroom with a coach Color
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, but even tinier seeds for success
could be planted when a player goes home and does something as minute as getting
a massage.I write this knowing that I’ll suggest to a friend that she have her
son (whom has ambitions of playing in the NFL) read it as it offers a good
example of the aforementioned.Attention to detail and mentally tough players
have long been staples of successful Sean Payton operations down in New
Orleans.It has to be, particularly for an offense that likes to throw everything
including the kitchen sink at opposing defenses. This has been evident with the
Taysom Hill packages that have been sprinkled into the offensive gumbo like a
good file.Not that cheap store brand stuff either!I’m talmbout the one a friend
of a friend hands you in a Gerber jar with the words file written in black
permanent marker across masking tape. The Hill usage has yielded positive
results nearly every time he’s touched the ball, and to have the confidence to
go with him on the fake punt (2nd time this season) along with rolling out his
package as much as they did, points to a coaching staff comfortable with the
collective attention to detail it takes to run those plays successfully.They
also seem to have done their homework on the advantages and disadvantages of
taking the ball out of your Hall of Fame quarterbacks hands for 21% of the
offensive snaps.From Payton putting emphasis on creating more turnovers in
practice the week prior http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-alex-okafor-jersey ,
to the defensive backs playing an outside shoulder technique and not biting on
double moves, collectively there were small things that the team got fixed as a
whole and it lead to their first true complimentary win of the season against
the Giants.Miscellaneous ThoughtsAlvin Kamara will go down as one of the best
3rd round picks ever if he continues to be as productive as he’s been.Through 20
games of his short NFL career he’s scored 114 points.That’s a faster start than
any other skill position player Payton has acquired in his time with the
Saints.Dennis Allen making adjustments showed up promptly.One small detail worth
mentioning is Marcus Davenport playing in a 2-point stance more often in pass
rushing situations.That’s a coach allowing a player to do what he’s comfortable
with.David Onyemata played more snaps than Sheldon Rankins. That’s significant
because the Saints are reducing Rankins run down snaps and it keeps him more
fresh for pass rushing situations.He forced 4 hurried throws and won very
quickly at times with a refined spin move according to Rev.Payton really
respected the Giants defensive front.For them to run on them the way they did
was phenomenal.Twas a good example of the o-line imposing it’s will.They played
playoff caliber football along the LOS.Thomas hinted after the game that his low
numbers weren’t because he was ineffective but because of the attention he
garnered.Payton probably noticed this and used him as a decoy to open things up
for other guys like playoff Josh Hill.He still caught 4 passes on 5 targets.You
can’t blank him out.Saints don’t win very often when Drew Brees fails to score a
TD and yet they did just that against the Giants.New Orleans heads into their
Week 5 Monday Night matchup vs. the Redskins with momentum, an extra day to rest
(to get said maintenance) and a little bit more time for Mark Ingram to slide
back into the ranks after being away the last month. All things positive, the
Saints closed out the 1st quarter of their schedule above .500 for the first
time since 2013. The objective at the start of the season was to come out the
gates fast and as the curtain falls on Act I of “March to the Lombardi #twodat”
they can look back and say mission accomplished. On to the Redskins and the fall
of the next historic NFL record at the hands of Drew Brees.Who Dat! The Saints
offense fared well in the first four weeks of the season and they’ll be getting
a piece back in the lineup as they try to keep it going in the second quarter of
the season.Running back Mark Ingram is back after serving a four-game suspension
to open the season and that restores the backfield tandem that the Saints rode
to great success last season. Alvin Kamara remained productive with Ingram out
of action http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-max-unger-jersey ,
but head coach Sean Payton said that Ingram’s return will help keep “wear and
tear” from catching up on him later in the season.After four weeks off, Ingram
doesn’t have any wear and tear and said Thursday that he’s raring to go.“I’m
going to be excited, for sure,” Ingram said Color
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, via the team’s website. “I’ve had a
lot of stuff pent up and built up and I’m ready to go. I’m hungry and I’m ready
to play ball and help our team. We’ve been playing well so I’m just trying to
make us stronger, to make us more explosive. That’s what I’m trying to
do.”Kamara saw nearly 23 touches a game over the first four weeks, which is a
big jump from his workload as a rookie. That number will come down, but his
success in the expanded role makes it seem likely that Ingram will also see a
drop from the 18 touches he averaged last season.
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