Offense w/out Payton... I think we'll be OK
For the past few months we've heard SOME of the * finger-quotes* "experts" yap about how the Saints offense will miss Payton because he's such a great play-caller.
I put "SOME" in bold because there really are a few guys in the media that knows that Pete Carmichael game-planned and called the plays for our offense while Payton was rehabbing from injury and even after Payton made it back to the sidelines.
So I got curious... how did our offense do in comparison between Payton and Carmichael? Now let me say now that I'm in NO WAY posting this to say that one play-caller is "better than" the other... I'm merely doing this just because I'm curious of how Carmichael did.
Under Payton: 34, 30, 40, 23, 30, ** 20 = 177 points / 6 games = 29.5 ppg
Under Carmichael: 62, 21, 27, 27, 26, 49, 31, 22, 42, 45, 45 = 370 points / 10 games = 37 ppg
OK lets remove the 62 points they scored against Indy: 308 points / 9 games = 34.2 ppg
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I will miss Payton just like everyone... I hope Goodell lets him come back this season even if only for the home stretch because we need his leadership and game-management on the sidelines, but I think our offense will be fine.
So whenever you hear an idiot from ESPN rant about missing Payton... just remember these numbers.
I’ll be a homer,” Hebert says. “But I’m going to be a realistic homer.”