He helped run New Orleans offense for three seasons under Sean Payton as the Saints offensive coordinator. So he has an idea on the philosophies of the New Orleans attack. In his weekly conversation with Buffalobills.com Marrone explained how he would describe it.
“I think aggressive is probably the best way to explain it,” he said. “They’re always looking to push the ball vertically down the field. They’ll keep you honest with the run game and go ahead with the play action, but they’re always looking for the shot down the field. And if they’re not there and you’re covering the shots deep they’re going to dump it off to Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas and then the task becomes tackling those guys.”
Marrone is right about the deep shots down the field that the Saints will take. New Orleans ranks fifth in the league in 20-plus yard completions with 27 in their first six games. On pass plays of 25 yards or more they also rank fifth with 19.
Buffalo has improved in preventing big plays, but still ranks 19th in the league in big plays allowed with 15 through their first seven games.
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