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Twitter Mailbag Questions

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When is it time to start to panic about this season? – @dat91341

Definitely not now. We’re still talking about just one game and a lot can happen. One showing is simply not enough to judge on a whole season basis. If the things do not change by our bye week, then week six can be a point when we all are allowed to panic. Our schedule after the bye week is too horrendous to enter as an up and down team. Saints just have to find their stride before this happens and build early season momentum, which is necessary to survive in arms race. Last year’s Los Angeles Chargers serve as a perfect instance that a bad start to the season can derail your season. Even more so talking about NFC contention, where 10 wins may not be enough.

Will Cameron Meredith be our #2 receiver – @porterjarmal

I feel this is a real possibility. Meredith gives Saints a lot of versatility in their sets, matching their urge to rotate their WR. As soon as he shakes the rust off, we can expect a player with a very good footwork and refined route running, and an ability to line up both as a boundary receiver and slot. Along with Thomas he gives Saints immense opportunity to dictate matchups in their favor, snatching linebackers/safeties and nickel defenders onto 6’3 receivers with top notch route skills, still offering vast threat in outside spots. As we seen in a final preseason game, Meredith is a powerful weapon in a crossing/switching schemes, along with a 50/50 receiver in a MT/TreQuan mold as more of a finesse receiver. Overall, I think this versatility can unleash a lot in Cameron and it isn’t far-fetched to view him as a #2 receiver.

Why did they sign Mike G when they have Boston Scott? The best way to defend with this squad is to hold on to the ball as much as we can. – @Halomich2

Now, this choice is really criticized after Gillislee’s fumble and I understand the frustration. Nonetheless, Mike for me is a very good football player, who on paper is bound to thrive with Saints. He’s a runner with a very good vision and ability to pound the rock beetween the tackles, as well as star in a zone schemes. He averaged 5.7 yards per carry in 2016 season. Saints really like that kind of a runner and it just made sense to replace Ingram with a proven player like him. Also, in his last four years he averaged just a fumble per year, so I wouldn’t be really concerned about his ball security. Now, the question – why him, not Boston? Mike is more of a thunder, when Scott is more of a lightning, alluding to Ingram & AK scheme. When Scott is more of a threat with the ball, Gillislee, ironically, offers more reliability. My guess is that we’re still going to see both of them making significant contributions to the offense. Buccaneers game wasn’t just meant for running & managing the clock.

With this start to the Season Do you feel that our defence was just pure bad, or was it a scheme issue. And if so should we consider getting a better DC if it continues? Who would you want as a new DC? – @Saints4lyf94

I wouldn’t put the blame on schemes. They kept the same patterns that worked last year, but the execution was really flawed. Yet there’s one thing that bothered me – blitzes took way too much time to develop. Also, Vonn Bell should be left only to blitzes and RB pickups, rather than covering 6’6 TEs. Once again we played a lot of press coverage, but our corners were constantly losing their battles in that aspect. Combine that with communication errors and bad decisions and we have a receipt to fail. No matter of a scheme. Personally, I wouldn’t change the DC. This scheme works perfectly with the players, as long as they execute it properly. Dennis Allen is a perfect coordinator to match with Payton with his aggressive scheme and huge playmaking possibility. This kind of a defense won us title.

Do you think the “slap in the face” the defense got yesterday was needed and will help? Do you agree the young guys believed too much of their own hype before they hit the field? – @ThaMonsta1980

This is the thing that makes me a little of being glad they lost. I agree thoroughly that our defense entered the game so complacent, that there’s no comparison for this abomination. They played with a sense that they’ve already won and there’s nothing to fight about. Last year, they we’re hungry for success. They were striving. They wanted to be respected. Now, they’ve just became complacent, especially the corners. Lattimore turned the corner and completely forgot how to do anything which is kind of worrying. It’s not a surprise, that Davenport and Okafor were quite solid in their game. Marcus and Alex had a lot to prove, so they played with this fire everyone else lacked. It’s a positive sign that the leaders acknowledged their bad performance and apologized, showing self-awareness. It’s a first step to ignite the fire to fuel this defense once again. And we need this fire to properly execute Allen’s aggressive schemes – without it, we’re extremely vulnerable. Complacency is our major enemy right now. Remember, rings are not given in season previews.

If we get hit with 40+ points against CLE should we fire Dennis Allen? If so, who would be a candidate you would like to pursue? – @ThaMonsta1980

No, definitely no. This would be enormous incompetence and lack of respect for a man who is responsible for rapid improvement of the unit. Patience is a key to success at times and it’s essential to withstand occasional storms that harass your ground. Just look at last year.

I don’t have any candidates for theoretical replacement. If so, I’ll stay in our house and take one of positional groups coaches.

Are we regretting not bringing in Earl Thomas ?? – @johngwade51

No. While it’s good to have that kind of a player, getting Earl Thomas would be a vocal sign of disbelief in Marcus’ form and his abilities after this one unfortunate mistake. As well as this, scheme fit does not make sense. Saints would have to openly switch their priority coverage package to two high playing safeties, what would’ve left them desperately experimenting with new assignments and blitzes. They are better with patient, yet vehement, progress of their scheme and players they do have. There’s no need to jump the gun.