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Aggressive Coaching Keys Saints To Super Bowl Win

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 8, 2010 – 9:15 am

Perhaps you can file this in the “hindsight is always 20-20″ category, but I think it should be mentioned in the immediate aftermath of New Orleans’ Super Bowl win because it was vital to the winning effort. Saints Head Coach Sean Payton was aggressive in his coach style on Sunday and it keyed his team to a championship.

I want to preface this piece by acknowledging the Saints wouldn’t have won without the MVP performance by Drew Brees (32 of 39 for 288 yards and 2 TDs), a great defensive game plan by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams that held Peyton Manning and Co. to just 17 points and of course the 74-yard pick 6 by CB Tracy Porter late in the game.

With all of that being said, I believe it was a series of events late in the 2nd quarter and then right away in the 3rd quarter that keyed the Saints to victory. Here’s what went down…

– The Saints began a series on their own 28 with 8:14 to play in the 2nd quarter. Brees got his team to the Colts 23 after 7 plays and then connected with WR Marques Colston for a 27-yard gain down to the Colts 3. There, Indianapolis’ defense bowed up and forced a 4th and goal situation with 1:55 to play in the half. I’m willing to wager that many coaches would’ve elected to kick a FG in that scenario. But Payton didn’t. He knew that FGs were not going to beat the Colts. So he went for it. But the Colts held and the Saints came away with 0 points.

– The Colts then took over, but they were too conservative in their playcalling and went 3-and-out with all 3 plays being runs. Indianapolis punted the ball and New Orleans wound up with a FG to close the half anyway.

– New Orleans was to kick off to begin the 2nd half, but that’s where it got interesting. Payton called for an onside kick and it paid off. The Saints recovered and Brees came on to drive his team for a TD that resulted in a 13-10 lead.

– Not only did that onside kick and early 3rd-quarter TD give the Saints a lead, but it got their offense in a rhythm. Brees drove his team 58 yards in just 6 plays. Here is a list of the yards gained on those 6 plays: 12, 9, 5, 9, 7, 16 (touchdown). Payton, Brees and the offense got hot thanks to the onside kick. The Saints scored 10 more points on their next 2 possessions and then Porter housed his INT return to finish the scoring.

– The aggressiveness Payton displayed by going for it on 4th and goal in the 2nd quarter didn’t pay off right away, but it sure did a few moments later. If Payton had decided to kick a FG in that situation, who knows if the Saints would’ve also decided to onside kick to start the 3rd quarter.

Ultimately, there are times to be aggressive and times to be conservative. Being aggressive 100% of the time will lead you to failure and being conservative 100% of the time will also lead you to failure. So it’s a head coach’s job to determine when to be aggressive and when to be conservative.

On Sunday against the Colts, Sean Payton did a good job.


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23 Responses to “Aggressive Coaching Keys Saints To Super Bowl Win”

  1. By Superbowl trophy on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    The onside kick worked and Payton is louded as a great couch (which he is). However, we all know if it failed and the Colts capitalized, he would be jeered as making a stupid play call.

    By the way…I was coming to the Twin cities and was wondering where I could find the Vikings Superbowl trophy room?

  2. By staubach60 on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    They don’t know what a Superbowl Trophy is! Great Job Saints!!!

  3. By m. andre on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    I guessed 17 points for the losing team, only I thought Colts would have come out on top. When the Colts tried to match the aggressive call of the long field goal and missed, that was one of those momentum swings. In contrast some nice long 3 pointers for New Orleans.

  4. By Brett Farve Fan on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    Since the New Orleans Saints won I know nobody Won because Brett Farve is the best quarterback in the NFL 4-Life

  5. By kyweaver on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    well, i guess the saints were bound the make up for 44 years worth of horrible football

  6. By jbork88 on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    i was in new orleans and i was wondering where i could find anything other than a bar? seriously i need some help here, i can’t find anything and google maps isn’t helping

  7. By arrowhead on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    true there, kyweaver, i guess the saints lost enough times in the 70’s.80’s and 90’s enough times for a few good seasons to come.

  8. By kyweaver on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    ya, but i wish the vikings could bring home a lombardi trophy sometime before i retire, but if the saints can do it any team can, who’s going to win it next? the lions?

  9. By eric on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    well apparently the vikings can’t, but there time will come soon………..I hope

  10. By HUH on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hey I was looking on the internet for websites devoted to any Vikings teams ever to win a Super Bowl? Where can I find one? Please help! I’d also like to get some advice from any bridge builders in Minnesota. Any ideas?

  11. By Brian King on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    Excellent article by Mike Wobschall. Thank you !

  12. By Purple People Eater Fan on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    Favre MVP for 2020. I’m seconding that motion. Every other team opposing the Vikes..go ahead and place your pants on the ground everybody…pants on the ground!

  13. By jbork88 on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    saints = buccaneers, meaning they win a super bowl one year but will go back to losing. and will probably be like the steelers and not make the playoffs next year

  14. By m. andre on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    colts = patriots, (in superbowl loss to the Giants) so close yet so far…

  15. By jbork88 on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    so true m andre, so true

  16. By moorevikes on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    hey HuH it was probably the same people who designed your levies and decided to build a city below sea level you F@#kin ret@#d

  17. By dave koepp on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    why do you saints and cowboys fans hang around here?

    they should have leveled NO after the traic hurricane, sorry but why do you rebuild a city that is below sea level…and it will happen again

    it is tragic for the people of NO

    good for you getting a super bowl..some day we will

    anyway bears suck

  18. By tim on Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

    vikings someday will be next year,i’ve watch favre since i was at u.s.m. back in the eighties trust me on this HE’S NOT GOING TO RETIRE THIS YEAR. he will play until the vikings win the superbowl.

  19. By Bruce on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings were a bigger challenge to the Saints because that was obvious by the fact that the Saints had to go to overtime to win the game. Plus the fact that the Vikings gave away too many turnovers but still almost won. That being said, if Favre comes back the Vikings will defenitely be a better team because they will fix the fumbling problems as well as the pass protection problems. They will also have another season for Favre to work with his receivers. This could make them the most dangerous team in the NFL next year as long as Favre comes back. Brad do what you have to do to get him back. Give him some time to heal up and start missing the game. And if the fans continue to do things like putting up billboards and the players continue to let him know they want him…well I think he would come back. He knows this Vikings team and these Viking fans are giving him more love than the Packers and Packer fans were in his last year there so I think he will come back.

  20. By Bruce on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings were a bigger challenge to the Saints because that was obvious by the fact that the Saints had to go to overtime to win the game. Plus the fact that the Vikings gave away too many turnovers but still almost won. That being said, if Favre comes back the Vikings will defenitely be a better team because they will fix the fumbling problems as well as the pass protection problems. They will also have another season for Favre to work with his receivers. This could make them the most dangerous team in the NFL next year as long as Favre comes back. Brad do what you have to do to get him back. Give him some time to heal up and start missing the game. And if the fans continue to do things like putting up billboards and the players continue to let him know they want him…well I think he would come back. He knows this Vikings team and these Viking fans are giving him more love than the Packers and Packer fans were in his last year there so I think he will come back.

  21. By jennifer on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t think it’s really fair to compare the Saints to the Giants. The Giants were a wild card team that the Patriots (being undefeted) thought they were going to clean the turf with. The Giants put their noses to the grind stone, while the Patriots vacationed and when it came down to it the Giants had done what no other team could do that year. The Saints on the otherhand were a force to be reckened with all season long. The pairing of the Colts and the Saints was fitting to the season. Though I am a HUGE Vikings fan I must give credit where credit is due. As hard as it is for me to say this, the Saints earned that victory. But watch out, it’s my boys turn next year. GO VIKINGS!!!!!!

  22. By Don on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    As Brett Favre was getting mauled a few weeks ago against the Saints I was wondering what hockey players would do if the opposing team was making cheap hits and basically abusing their star player. I am wondering if the Saints main defensive strategy was to ring Favre’s bell again and again and again – whatever it takes? At least that is what happened and frankly I thought the refs should have protected Favre better.

  23. By TW VIKE on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Don- I think our defense should had Favres back. We should have done the same to Brees. He would have never made it, if he got hit like Brett did. They definitely went for the Vikes & Cards QBs no matter what. I think Favre & Warner deserve a little more respect. Even though the shot on Warner was legal, they no doubt were trying to hurt him, & they did. The high-low on Favre,the phantom pass interference(which Wilt Chamberlin couldnt have caught) & the fact we had butter fingers cost us the game. By that time in the game we should have been up by 2 or 3 TDs. The last INT didnt cost us the game, we cost ourselves all game long.

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