Originally Posted by dinkatoid
You are right with the running, the saints really struggle to contain the run up the middle.
well, we're not even sure of that in New Orleans. Franklin was not healthy the first game of the season, and it showed.
But aside from 1 42 yd (iirc) gain by Forte, he was kept in check on the ground and was most productive releasing into openings in front of the secondary.
I like Rogers, Ellis, and Franklin in the middle of that DLine. And they looked much better week 2 than they did week 1.
Running-wise, if you're talking success in the middle, it can certainly still be had. Tie up the interior of that line and get to our LBers.
I love Vilma but he can get washed out of plays and doesn't shed blocks the best. Herring is thoroughly unimpressive. Shanle is serviceable at best. If you can make it to the second level, you can run in the middle - our LBs are not stout in that regard.
At the line of attack, I actually think there's more success to be had on the outside than the middle. Our DEs don't keep containment all that well. Rookie Cam Jordan has seen a lot of play with the suspension of Will Smith - who returns. But Smith isn't strong against the run, either.
We've got a rookie, an above average DE, and journeymen/speed specialists on the end.
I think it's going to be frustrating for me watching the front 7 vs. the Texans' running game on Sunday.
They looked good on Sunday vs. the Bears.
but cmon... I'm not delusional. It's the Bears OLine.