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Saints not worked up about running game

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

The Saints have struggled to establish a balance between the pass and the run this season, but it has not prevented their offense from remaining one of the league’s highest-scoring units.

No team has run the ball fewer times than the Saints this season (122 rushes), and no quarterback is attempting more passing attempts per game than Drew Brees (45.5), but our sources don't sense any panic from the Saints about the burden being placed on Brees and the passing game, we’re told.

The club has talked about wanting to stay committed to the run despite their struggles to be effective in that area through the first six games. The Saints backed up that talk with 26 rushes (one off their season high) in Week Seven vs. the Bucs, when New Orleans held a lead for the entire second half, even though they struggled to produce on the ground (3.1-yard average).

In 2011, the Saints’ historically productive offensive attack ranked first in passing yards and sixth in rushing yards. The running game is ranked dead last in the league (76.2 yards per game) heading into Week Eight, however, and it has not come anywhere close to meeting the expectations the Saints had for it heading into the season. With Aaron Kromer, the Saints’ offensive line coach/running-game coordinator, finished with his stint as interim head coach, he should be able to focus more on the running game’s issues.

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