Following practice, I spoke with our resident pro Bobby Hebert on his thoughts about Tuesday's practice.
He noted that the Saints spent a significant portion of practice in “2 minute” situations on Tuesday. The “Cajun Cannon” also told me the defense did a solid job going up against the high powered offense, forcing an interception on the first play. Safety Roman Harper jumped an underneath route to Lance Moore and picked off Drew Brees. “Roman Harper had a nice break on the ball, he looked like Darren Sharper, how he caught it. He would have returned it to the opponent’s 15 yard line,” said Hebert.
On the second series of 2 minute offense vs. defense, the 1st teamers forced Drew Brees on a 4 plays and out. “Rob Ryan mixed it up and throws a blitz in there, and it helped squash the down,” Hebert said. Bobby also noted Roman Harper would have a sack on the blitz called by Ryan.
And, Hebert also pointed what he noticed as a weakness for the Saints defense in camp so far. “You look at these outside linebackers, the flat routes or swing routes. The offense has been able to throw the ball there and pick up 15 yards.” He also added that Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan might be concentrating on other aspects of the defense at this point in camp, so it’s premature to draw any conclusions this early on. “I thought though overall, the defense won this practice. It’s positive stuff that I am seeing from the D,” Hebert said.
Bobby was also pleased to see how the Saints placed so much emphases on the run in practice today. “I don’t think I have ever seen them run the football this much in practice,” Hebert joked this morning. “That’s the mindset, they want to establish that identity early in practice and hopefully it will carry over to the games.” The rushing attack has looked better in camp, and we’ve seen a lot of nice runs in camp so far, from all of their running backs. Mark Ingram looks especially quicker and lighter on his feet this season, and that should pay some dividends in the regular season, the Cannon noted.
Hebert said he was really looking forward to the "goal line" session of practice, but that didn't happen today. “And, Coach Payton said after practice that installation period won't happen until next week,” he said. “However, that should be a good intense session. There is always a ton of big hits in goal line. You just hope you don't get anyone hurt."