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There is no doubt in my mind that the Saints offense misses Robert Meachem more than it would lead you believe.
Even with Meachem's injury history, he was a very consistent deep threat when he was on the field.
The offense just doesn't have that anymore, and that is why receivers aren't getting open. Brees is pumping three times and having no one to throw to.
And with no receivers getting open, it gets harder and harder for the offensive line to hold its blocks that long.
Joe Morgan has the speed, but is not a consistent enough option to put fear into opponents, and Devery Henderson, before his head injury, had lost a step and that separation he once had going for him has gone by the wayside.
Even with big tree trunks like Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham, you still need that threat of the deep ball, or teams are just going to crowd everything within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage.