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tigersquad89
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Raleigh, NC
Member since Oct 2014
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Guard play is a major concern
If we go back to the vikings playoff game last year the saints lost the game because of their interior o line play. They tried to address this by drafting Ruiz in the offseason. So far, Ruiz hasn't been very good and Peat has been Peat. The vikings moved their D ends inside and had a field day against our guards. McCoy has had a pretty big jump in improvement this year so that's a plus. Peat has played solid when he's played. The issue is he gets hurt every single game. They have to find some consistency inside if they plan on winning a Super bowl. Teams with elite interior D lineman can give us some problems. The rams defense is a nightmare matchup for the saints. The saints defense is also a nightmare matchup for the rams though. But the interior line play is the reason Brees is out right now.

Pay attention to the improvement on the interior offensive line. If this group can play at a higher level down the stretch then the saints are going to win it all.
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tigerterrace
Auburn Fan
Mobile, Alabama
Member since Sep 2016
1635 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
If this occurs then you have to call plays that get to the edge and then set the edge with a TE or WRs blocking down.


Mpd31
Member since Nov 2019
1407 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
Honestly it is more of a concern when Drew gets back. Taysum and Winston can both get out of the pocket and make plays. Brees needs the pocket and can’t do much with defenders in his face. Hopefully Ruiz gets better come playoff time. Still think we should move Ruiz to center and McCoy out to guard. McCoy is more athletic than Ruiz and can handle both power and speed


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Mpd31
Member since Nov 2019
1407 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
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If this occurs then you have to call plays that get to the edge and then set the edge with a TE or WRs blocking down.


Definitely need a heavy dose of this but at some point you will probably need to throw it in the playoffs. They are only going to bring ends in on sure passing downs


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RawDog7984
Member since Oct 2019
659 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
I think the play has been inconsistent and yes last year during the Vikings game they exposed warford and Peat (a lot of teams expose him) but i think it’s a bit overblown this year. Ruiz has struggled but he’s also playing a position he’s never played before with no offseason and he was hurt and out for 3 weeks when the actual offseason began. Add injuries to Peat amd Easton and its forces us to shuffle the deck repeatedly. Ruiz has slowly improved each week and our running game has been straight up nasty the last 2 weeks. I see improvement each week and i think they’ll be fine. The deal is not everyone has the pass rushers the Vikings do and they can’t implement that kind of strategy against us with the lack of those certain pass rushers.


windshieldman
LA-Monroe Fan
Member since Nov 2012
11955 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
I think Ruiz has for sure had one really bad game, maybe 2. I don’t think he is as bad as some on here say. He’ll improve


Vacherie Saint
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Aug 2015
25912 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
Easton has graded out pretty well and Peat is great when he’s on.


jdaute2
LSU Fan
lafayette, LA
Member since Nov 2012
875 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
Ruiz is not really a guard, he needs more time to settle in that role. McCoy is such a good center but I think he could be better than average at guard too and put Ruiz at center where he’s more comfortable. Idk. Line play has been pretty good this year for the most part when they’re healthy. We would only be looking at maybe one other elite d line in the playoffs and that’s the rams. We’ve already seen we can handle the bucs d line.


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nicholastiger
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2004
23093 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
Guards don’t get fat contacts like left tackle
Center is probably most important spot


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goatmilker
LSU Fan
2014 drunkin Bobby award winner!
Member since Feb 2009
51064 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
We have three bona fide studs on the oline at tackle and center.
One guard is a rookie. One a seasoned vet for back up and one a first rounder who either plays lights out or plays like we wish the lights were out.

In short we have a oline that about 27 other teams would kill for.

I'm a build the team from both lines and I couldn't be happier. We have done it Top five dline and oline in the nfl.


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Lester Earl
Baylor Fan
Kamaratard
Member since Nov 2003
255206 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
Arguably the most heavily invested position on the team, too


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LSU_30A
Member since Jan 2019
2884 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
I think with a full offseason and especially if Drew hangs it up the Saints will move Ruiz to C where he’s more comfortable and McCoy to RG. I’m pretty sure McCoy can be just as good at RG as he is at C and playing C takes a little pressure off Ruiz as far as matching up 1 on 1 with elite defensive tackles. I don’t think they wanted to mess with the chemistry that Drew and McCoy developed so they just kept things the same this year. Easton has been way better than I would have thought and he will get another nice contract somewhere this offseason but I doubt it’s with us. He has 2 years left on his deal but he would make $7 million in ‘21 and $8 million in ‘22 and with all the guys we have to re-sign there’s no way we will be able to pay our 3rd G and backup C that much money.


Wadey
Member since Sep 2020
109 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
Oh yes we will. Thank God we have him and will for sure need him in the future. I’m sure the Saints realize how injury prone Peat is and besides that like to rotate the guard anyway.


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DBG
New Orleans Saints Fan
vermont
Member since May 2004
58712 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
I’m not worried unless we play Aaron Donald

Nobody else scares me in the NFC


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DomincDecoco
USA Fan
Doing well as frick
Member since Oct 2018
4415 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
Ruiz hate is tiger fans butthurt the Saints passed on Queen
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DBG
New Orleans Saints Fan
vermont
Member since May 2004
58712 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
Nah, Ruiz has been pretty hot and cold

The last couple weeks have been especially cold


RawDog7984
Member since Oct 2019
659 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
He played very well last game.


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Mpd31
Member since Nov 2019
1407 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
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Ruiz hate is tiger fans butthurt the Saints passed on Queen



This is going to piss a lot of lsu fans off but Ruiz was the right pick bc Minnesota exposed us last year. Queen has made a few splash plays with his athleticism but he busts on a lot of assignments as well. I am an lsu fan and was in on drafting queen but happy with the Ruiz pick
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MONROE
LA-Monroe Fan
In the belly of the beast
Member since Sep 2015
932 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
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he’s also playing a position he’s never played before


He played G at least a handful of games in college


RawDog7984
Member since Oct 2019
659 posts

re: Guard play is a major concern
He’s played center pretty much all of college. Starting a couple games in college at the position doesn’t mean he was a full time guard. Playing guard is new for him snd you can tell.


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