Jeff Duncan: Away Crowds Really Effect Saints Audible Calls
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Jeff Duncan, from the New Orleans Time-Picayune, covers the Saints and joins the Mac Attack to help in our quest to know thy enemy.
On the Saints struggles on the road: It’s confounding. There are a myriad of reasons why they struggle. The home crowd energizes this team at home, but the opposite happens on the road. The Saints use a lot of audibles at the line of scrimmage under Drew Brees. he does a lot of what they call the ‘kill system’ where he gets in and out of certain plays and that has an effect on their offense. Their offense has not scored more than two touchdowns in their lsat four road games. Another that sticks out, is their inability to get out to quick starts. The last two road games, they’ve dug themselves huge holes and that plays into their opponents’ hands.
On the disparity in the offensive line’s play at home or on the road: The Saints offensive line has really stuggled this season. Their best performance of the season was probably against the Panthers and that was surprising. When they get on the road, there’s a half second head second head start that the defensive player gets because of the crowd noise, that’s exacerbated on the road. They’ve got to learn how to protect better on the road. The sack totals on the road are very lopsided, both ways, on the road.
Jeff also looks back at the first matchup between the NFC South rivals and discusses the recent personnel changes for the Saints.