We've heard it endlessly that this team performs best with the proper balance. Here's the pass/run attempt numbers of the Payton era- pass/run W-L
2006 580/472 10-6
2007 652/392 7-9
2008 636/398 8-8
2009 544/468 13-3
2010 661/380 11-5
2011 662/431 13-3
2012 671/370 7-9
Kinda stunningly obvious ain't it? Sure a lot comes from the result of game situations but here
's further evidence compared to other teams last year- Overall
Saints were at 66% pass which ranked #6 in the NFL. Not a lot of diff to #1 Detroit at 68%.
I was surprised at this- playing behind
they ranked lower, #8, passing 71% of the time. I expect that when behind When tied
- 2nd most passing at 65%. Can prolly live with this too most times Playing with a lead
- here is where I see a playcalling problem, 58% passing ranks #3. League avg playing ahead is prolly around 50% (#16)
There's a good part of aggressiveness, keeping the pedal to the metal and all that. There is sumpin to be said for securing a lead via running the clock down with more rushing plays too.
Brees has already talked of this year being a new era, a clean slate. Payton having a whole year to sit back and analyze instead of being right in the fray might play into some subtle (or not so subtle) changes. I don't think they moved up to draft Ingram to be a role playing 125-150 carries a year back. I'm both hoping and expecting theses numbers to head back towards the 2009 SB ratio of 53.7% passing.