Variety, they say, is the spice of life. Nowhere in America do people take this notion to heart more than in New Orleans. From food and music to culture and language, the Crescent City’s charm is its embrace and celebration of all things eclectic.
Diversity exudes not only on NOLA’s streets and in its restaurants, but also on the football field.
Since Sean Payton took over the reins, the Saints’ offense has thrived on a grand buffet of offensive firepower, particularly in the passing game.
In 2008, Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees racked up 5,069 passing yards—just 15 shy of Dan Marino’s all time record—to earn the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year award.
There’s no shortage scoring threats in New Orleans. Brees has the benefit of being surrounded by All Pro quality talent in the likes of Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Jeremy Shockey, Reggie Bush and even Pierre Thomas.
The trick for Payton and his staff is to figure out how to best use all the tools in the shed.
The Saints’ abundant playbook utilizes the team’s weapons with various plays and routes intended to put each player in a position to do what he does best.
Here are the five most effective plays/routes in the Saints’ offense: