How will Saints defend Manning?
Posted by Anthony Stalter Over the next two weeks, Saints' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has the unenviable task of trying to do something that not even Rex Ryan could accomplish: Stop Peyton Manning.
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#1 Feb 4, 2010
I expect the Saints to focus on getting to the football and separating it from the ball carrier. Gregg Williams knows that any scheme he can orchestrate Manning can dissect.
I've watched teams try to blitz Peyton with little success. Actually, it's counter-effective because Peyton is better against the blitz. So Williams will probably focus on putting his players in the best position to get to the football as quickly as possible, and then get the takeaway. The Saints' D is one of the most opportunistic in the league (2nd in takeaways,+11 turnover margin regular season,+6 in 2 playoff games).
The Colts are smart and their primary focus will be on taking care of the football. But they will have to take their chances because the Saints are the highest scoring offense in the NFL.
It's going to be a hell of a game this weekend. I'll break it down on my blog Saturday if you're interested.
#2 Feb 12, 2010
actually, the Saints only stopped Manning one time and did an onside kick because he was about to walk down the field again. IMO, had Manning tied the score at 24-24 instead of the wrong route by the WR int., the Saints and Brees would have had the final minute on the clock to win, as the Colts defense was terrible all year to say the least.
#3 Feb 13, 2010
That Colts receiver did nothing on that play. He stopped. He could at least got an offensive pass interference and tackled the DB before he caught the ball. I still say had the Colts tied it, their defense was so bad they would have let Brees go 80 yards and run out the clock.
1 more thing, my open challenge for a MMA fight in Miami to Rex Ryan is still open. I want to pound this fat bucket of crisco into submission.
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