By Lawrence Barreca.
When a fan thinks of the New Orleans Saints, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the passing offense led by quarterback Drew Brees. Possibly it’s the explosiveness of running back Reggie Bush, or the deep ball threat wide receiver Lance Moore.
Sure, the team’s passing stats were spectacular in 2008 (first in passing yards per game), but the rushing attack was below average as it ranked 28th in rushing yards per game with an average of 99.6. Health issues plagued starting running back Deuce McAllister, and a new name was called upon to take the reigns.
Pierre Thomas assumed the role as No. 1 and took the team through the end of the season, scoring 10 of the 23 touchdowns on the ground. He helped to balance a lopsided offense, and even allowed management to steer away from rookie Chris Wells in the 2009 Draft.
Now, the team goes in with the same mindset they possessed in 2006...