After two straight non-winning seasons, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton knew he needed to try something different. Even though his offense led the league in total yards and points per game in 2008, it still had its share of shortcomings. The Saints were slow starters. They scored just 13.6 percent (63/463) of their points in the first quarter. Much of their yardage and points came only after trailing by multiple scores. Two games from 2008 really stand out to confirm this. The first one was a 34-32 loss to Denver. At first glance, you see that Drew Brees threw for over 400 yards. Dig deeper and you notice that the Saints trailed 21-3 in the second quarter and needed a furious comeback just to have a chance to win. The second game was a similar contest against Carolina. Again the ...
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