What we learned: Attention to detail a major key in Saints
thrashing of Giants 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 [url=http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-t-shirts]New Orleans Saints T-Shirt[/url] , 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, 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 old and new will be crossing paths at MetLife Stadium when the Jacksonville Jaguars open the season against the New York Giants.The game will be the first for Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin against the Giants, the team he led to two Super Bowl titles before resigning in January 2016 after a dozen seasons as coach.It also will be Pat Shurmur’s first regular-season NFL game as coach of the Giants, a team that has made the playoffs once (2016) since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012.”Those who are around know the history,” said Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie, who was a member of both Super Bowl teams. “We know Coughlin will have them fired up. It is the first game and everyone wants to get off on the right foot. I can’t say it will be an extra motivator, but it’s something we are aware of, and it doesn’t chance our approach.”The Giants are just looking to play a lot better than last season. They went 3-13 and saw coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese get fired in early December.Shurmur and new general manager Dave Gettleman have turned around much of the roster and they will get their first true peek at the new product this weekend in a very tough matchup.The Jaguars (12-7) blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead against the New England Patriots in the AFC title game in January. A trip to the Super Bowl was within their grasp.”I think we’ve taking a good approach as a team [url=http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-hats]New Orleans Saints Hats[/url] , and as a group in the locker room of everybody that was a part of what happened last year so badly wants to get back to that AFC championship game and change that outcome,” quarterback Blake Bortles said.Bortles said the Jaguars aren’t taking anything for granted.”We’ve got to take every day, every week, every meeting of preparation as seriously as possible, and the rest will take care of itself and we’ll end up back there again,” he said.Coughlin did not talk to the media in Jacksonville this week, but coach Doug Marrone said Coughlin has not changed his approach with the return to New York.”We know we’ve got a tough road ahead of us and we know we’ve got a tough game on the road opening day up in New York,” Marrone said. “They’ll be fired up and ready to go.”Here are some other things to watch:BARKLEY-BECKHAM: There are no two players the Giants’ faithful wants to see more than running back Saquon Barkley and three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Barkley was the second overall pick in the draft and has the talent and explosiveness to give the Giants a strong running game for the first time since 2011. Beckham missed most of last season after breaking his left ankle in early October. He did not play in the preseason, but has looked good with Eli Manning in practice and owns the richest contract for a wide receiver in NFL history.JAGS DEFENSE: Jacksonville is loaded on defense with six returning Pro Bowlers: cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey, linemen Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson and Yannick Ngakoue, and linebacker Telvin Smith Sr. The Jaguars were ranked No. 2 in the league last season, with Ramsey and Campbell making the All-Pro Team.”When you have the kind of confidence we have, when you believe that we can be as good as we can [url=http://www.authenticsneworleanssaints.com/cheap-hoodie]New Orleans Saints Hoodie[/url] , you can’t wait to get there and just try to show it play after play,” Campbell said.SECONDARY WOES: New York has three veteran starters in the secondary, cornerbacks Eli Apple and newcomer Janoris Jenkins, and star safety Landon Collins. Untested Curtis Riley is the free safety. There is uncertainty about the nickel and dime backs with Donte Deayon, B.W. Webb and Michael Thomas in the mix. Depth is an issue. The team signed Antonio Hamilton, Mike Jordan and Kamrin Moore this week.ON THE WIDE SIDE: Bortles has to find a new go-to receiver with Marqise Lee out for the year with a knee injury. Keelan Cole, second on the team last season with 42 catches for 748 yards and three touchdowns, is starting along with veteran Donte Moncrief, who was signed as a free agent. Dede Westbrook is the third receiver for a team ranked No. 1 in rushing. The problem is the Giants are good against the run and that puts pressure on the wide receivers to step up.O-LINE: The Giants spent almost $80 million to rebuild their line. Left tackle Nate Solder and right guard Patrick Omameh signed as free agents. Left guard Will Hernandez was drafted. Ereck Flowers was moved to right tackle from the left side, and Jon Halapio took over at center. The line protected well in the preseason. There were not a lot of holes for the running backs.ELI-RAMSEY: Watch to see if Manning throws at Ramsey. The Jags cornerback slighted the two-time Super Bowl MVP in the offseason, refusing to say Manning is good while adding Beckham is the one who really makes the Giants go.AP Sports Writer Mark Long contributed to this story.
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