Update on Breesus' Relative Level of Impressedness

Methinks it’s time to stop with the Breesus until the Saints, you know, win a game. So, for this week, I refer you back to [last year’s edition][1].

[1]: http://www.whodatreport.com/2012/01/breesus-is-unimpressed/

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Breesus is unimpressed with Cam Newton

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[1]: http://www.whodatreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Breesus-newtonw-small.jpeg

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Game previews I'm reading

Since I don’t have time to write my own, here are the game previews I’m reading this week:

Pro Football Focus: 3 to Focus On:

Although Drew Brees (+1.7) graded positively in Week 1, his performance was not what we have come to expect from the NFL’s new single-season passing yards record holder. He completed his lowest percentage of passes since 2006, struggled to find any rhythm in the passing game, and failed to get a first down on six different drives. Brees finished with two interceptions, and if not for butter fingers on the Washington defense, that total could easily have been four or five.

How the Saints’ QB handles Carolina’s pass rush will be key; he was pressured on 35.2% of dropbacks against the Redskins, completing only 35.3% of his passes on those plays. Meanwhile, Carolina managed 15 QB disruptions and was able to pressure Josh Freeman on 46.4% of his dropbacks.

PFF’s recap of last week’s game is worth reading, too.

Mike Tanier at Sports on Earth is a bit light on Saints this week, instead focusing on the perceived similarity between Cam Newton & Robert Griffin III:

There is one other big difference between Griffin and Newton: The Saints showed last season that they could figure out Newton. Newton threw two touchdowns and ran for a third in a narrow Saints win in their first meeting, but was held to just 158 passing yards in a 45-17 Saints win in the rematch.

The article is full of Tanier’s punny goodness, if that’s your sort of thing.

Finally, Andrew Juge continues to do good work at The Saints Nation. Check out his Scouting the Panthers post:

Cam Newton is still the quarterback and he certainly had a lot of buzz going on about him heading into the season. His day against the Bucs last Sunday wasn’t a very good one, though, so he’s looking to rebound much like Brees. Newton is a bigger threat to run than RGIII was last week not because he’s more capable, but because he’s more willing. While he’s not as fast, he’s definitely stronger and more physical. From a passing standpoint, I have not seen the pinpoint accuracy on short passes from Newton that I saw from RGIII last week, but he’s got a stronger arm. So while there’s been a lot of comparisons and both are extraordinary athletes, I don’t think they are exact replicas in style.

And his [5 Things to Look at][5]:

Tomorrow the Saints will play the Panthers in Charlotte, NC and have an opportunity to bounce back from the miserable and shocking performance they turned in at home against the Redskins. Hopefully Aaron Kromer will have a pulse in this one, and the Saints won’t be victimized by a questionable at best back breaking pass interference penalty on 4th down. Here are the five things I’m looking for in this game’

[5]: http://thesaintsnation.com/2012-articles/september/saints-nation-5-things-to-look-for-in-saints-panthers.html

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Angry Who Dat is angry

[The Angry Who Dat][1]:

Joe Morgan doesn’t belong on an NFL roster. Sorry. Dude seems like a nice guy. He’s funny sometimes on twitter. He’s an underdog, and we love us some underdogs in New Orleans. But there’s this particular attribute we really, really enjoy seeing in our nice-guy underdog wide receivers in this beautiful NFL city: being able to catch the goddamn ball when it hits you in the hands. That’s all I’ll say about that.

That, along with Robinson’s idiotic 12-men penalty, was the difference in this game.

The whole post has some good analysis and is worth reading, if you don’t mind a bit of salty language.

[1]: http://theangrywhodat.com/2012/09/10/unindicated/

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Breesus is unimpressed with Robert Griffin

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Who Dat Report Offseason Review

In this short-but-sweet podcast, I briefly review the Saints offseason, set appropriately low expectations for the podcast, and that’s about it, really. It’s been a long offseason’thank god it’s over.

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Saints season previews worth reading

In case you don’t frequent the same sites I do, here are two season previews that I’m reading in advance of tomorrow’s game:

Pro Football Focus:

All of the offseason turmoil stemming from ‘Bounty-Gate’ can make it easy to forget the fact the Saints were a 13-3 team last season, and with Drew Brees at the helm of an explosive offense, it’s unlikely that the Saints will take a huge step back. If the defense can improve, the Saints should once again be one of the top teams in a loaded NFC.

[Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth][2]:

With Payton at the helm, the Saints would be among the Super Bowl favorites. Without him and other key decision-makers, the Saints will lack the creative leadership that turns great teams into special ones. But they will still be good.

[2]: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/37798006/

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Thank Gggod he's gggone

Michael Silver has it right:

NEW ORLEANS – The day after he made the infamous speech that would provide a chilling context to the New Orleans Saints’ pay-for-injury scandal, Gregg Williams engaged in a conspicuous display of recklessness that some in the Crescent City still find even harder to forgive.

This is old ground, and I’m trying to watch my blood pressure, so I won’t go on a rant about the stupidity of basing your defense scheme on low-probability events such as turnovers and how that’s even dumber when you have a potent offense, which would seem to call for a conservative defensive scheme, limiting your opponent’s chance of making game-changing plays because you blitzed on third-and-long and/or didn’t feel like covering your opponent’s [biggest offensive threat][2].

[2]: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/D/DaviVe00.htm

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Where's the podcast?

Hi folks,

I’m working on a way to bring the podcast back this year, though probably not on a weekly basis. I love doing the show, but it’s a lot of work, and I don’t have a lot of time right now. There are several good Saints podcasts to tide you over, but hopefully we’ll get the Who Dat Report’s blend of analysis and nonsense kicking again this year.

Thanks for your patience.

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The Mickey Loomis Theme Song!

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