Kristian Quick Hits: Tech allows Saints to get going on Panthers
After the nightmare loss in Seattle, followed by an extra night in the Emerald City because of palne problems, the Saints landed in New Orleans Tuesday afternoon. They already had a significant amount of film study completed on the Carolina Panthers. After being stranded in Seattle, the Saints made a few audibles and started preparing on their iPads and tablets. The digital age allowed the Saints to avoid a setback in preparing for a first place showdown with the red hot Panthers riding an 8 game winning streak.
The Panthers are playing like a team destined and built to win in the playoffs. Carolina leads the league is scoring defense and total defense. They've ripped off 8 straight wins, and QB Cam Newton looks like the player he was projected to be coming out of Auburn in 2011. Newton is much more patient passing the football, and as we've seen, he might just be the most dangerous running back at the quarterback position in the entire league.
The Saints treated Wednesday a lot like a traditional Tuesday (players day off). Sean Payton said the team will work Thursday, Friday, and get a little more work than usual on Saturday. Payton said it was planned ahead of time to hold this schedule coming off a long trip to Seattle, and it is not precipitated by the plane troubles that kept the Saints in Seattle until Tuesday morning.