New Orleans Saints Rushing Attack Still a Concern?

Alex RodriguezCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2009

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 11:  Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball against CHarles Tillman #33 and Alex Brown #96 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 11, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Coming into the 2009 NFL Season the New Orleans Saints offense only had one flaw and that was the inability to to run the ball to close out games.

Yes, I am aware that we are a pass first team and I do love it knowing that we can go down the field in three to four plays and the excitement of watching quarterback Drew Brees blow up secondaries, but I still believe that there will be games that the Saints are going to have to run the ball.

In 2008 the Saints ranked 28th in the league in rushing averaging 99.6 yards per game and a rough 4.0 yards per carry average, the plus side to this is that the Saints have been able to score with their ground game being tied for fourth in the league in rushing touchdowns with 20 the only rushing attacks that had more were the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, and the New England Patriots.

What I am trieng to get at is this I know the Saints will always be a pass first team as long as Sean Payton and Drew Brees stay in New Orleans but I do  feel that Brees has had some rough games that he would've been helped out by with a rushing attack to take some of the pressure off of him.

The Saints are definteley a offense that loves the play action pass and it has been succesful even without a rushing attack. Now imagine it with a rushing attack? Sounds a whole lot better and it will be a whole lot more affective than in the past.

I want to know that my Saints are going to be able to run the ball down opposing teams defenses when we are up by three points and their is less than five minutes to go in the game.

Some say that the Saints weren't able to run the ball enough because the defense struggled so badly. Although this is true but honestly there were teams that had less rushing attempts than the Saints but still put up more rushing yards two of these teams were the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos.

I do feel that the Saints offensive line  is truthfully only built for pass blocking but I do feel that they can run block if it is put  more on them that they need to open up more running lanes for the running backs. The Saints will never face seven men boxes and this should open up running lanes for the Saints.

I am hopeful that Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush can find those running lanes. If the offensive line can not block I expect to see more extended hand offs to running backs Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush while running back Mike Bell takes care of the short yardage plays.