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Dennis Allen on WWL: Saints 'back to the drawing board' to solve red zone frustrations

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By Jeff Nowak - WWL Sports

The numbers are well documented by this point, but an 0-for-5 red zone effort for the Saints is what ultimately doomed them in Week 12 and continued a season-long theme.

A lot of yards. A lot of first downs. Not a lot of points to show for it in the scoring part of the field. In the 24-15 loss, all 15 points came off of Blake Grupe kicks. On WWL this week, Saints head coach Dennis Allen noted that he understands the frustration in that area on the part of everyone watching, and that goes double for those inside the building.

"We had made some progress and then certainly this game was not where it needed to be in terms of our ability to score touchdowns instead of field goals," Allen told Mike Hoss and Bobby Hebert this week. "And so we’re gonna have to go back to the drawing board and go back to work and spend some extra time on the red area and see if we can’t do a better job."

The Saints did see an improvement in red zone efficiency during the middle stages of the season -- particularly in wins over the Colts and Bears -- with that efficiency hinging mostly on effective short-yardage runs. Quarterback Derek Carr has struggled in that area in particular, with one of those red zone trips resulting in a 92-yard pick-6. ...

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