Saints: piling up the offensive yards
Posted Apr. 26 at 12:07 AM
The Saints have been a trainwreck this offseason. They’ve got the bounty deal. Sean Payton and other coaches have been suspended. They can’t seem to sign Drew Brees. There are charges that they wiretapped the opposing coaches’ pressbox. And they lost a couple of real nice players in free agency – Carl Nicks and Robert Meachem.
That offense, however, was awfully good last year. Explosive as it was, you have to think the Saints still have a really good chance of having a top-5 offense again in 2012.
The Saints finished with 7,474 total yards last year. That’s 399 more yards than any other team in the history of the league.
TEAMS AVERAGING OVER 400 YARDS
(Since the move to the 16-game season in 1978):
Yards Year Team
7,474 2011 New Orleans Saints
7,075 2000 St. Louis Rams
6,936 1984 Miami Dolphins
6,848 2011 New England Patriots
6,800 1998 San Francisco 49ers
6,744 1981 San Diego Chargers
6,695 2004 Kansas City Chiefs
6,690 2001 St. Louis Rams
6,580 2007 New England Patriots
6,571 2008 New Orleans Saints
6,567 2000 Denver Broncos
6,535 1985 San Diego Chargers
6,490 1986 Cincinnati Bengals
6,482 2011 Green Bay Packers
6,475 2004 Indianapolis Colts
6,461 2009 New Orleans Saints*
6,435 1993 San Francisco 49ers
6,412 1999 St. Louis Rams*
6,410 1980 San Diego Chargers
* -- won Super Bowl
Posted by James COSTELLO | Apr. 26 at 06:03 AM
And I'm guessing that with lots of defensive suspensions looming,Brees will need to sling the ball as much as ever,possibly even breaking this record?
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Apr. 26 at 01:33 PM
You, James Costello, are what I call an optimist. The Saints just finished with a historic, unprecedented season. They somehow managed to come up with 399 more yards than any team in NFL history. Now your expectation is that they should go out and top that?
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