Hebert sizes up Saints offense, defense and Coach Payton after Bengals win

November 13, 2018 - 5:44 am

by: Jordan Fiegel

The New Orleans Saints put on a show in their 51-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.  The offense gained over 500 yards for the second time this season – and the first time in regulation.  The Black & Gold also scored over 50 points for the first time this season, and the point total bumped them up to #1 in the NFL in points per game.

While Bobby Hebert demurred in declaring this the best Saints offense ever, he is impressed nonetheless.  “The offense this year might not be statistically as good as the 2011 offense, but it’s up there.  Look at how methodically they move the ball down the field.  The Saints currently have the best 3rd down offense in the NFL as well.  I think Drew Brees said it right, when he said, this win was the most complete game from start to finish.”

And it was not just the offense.  Hebert praised the defense too.  “The defense was outstanding against the Bengals.  They give up yards, but they’re being opportunistic and taking away the football.”

New Orleans forced two turnovers, one interception each by Marcus Williams and Eli Apple.  Hebert loves that the defense is creating those takeaways.  “The Saints are finally on the plus side of the turnover margin at +2.  We need to keep trending in that direction.  Generating turnovers is critical.  It gives Drew Brees and the offense more possessions, and it changes momentum.”

The win gives the Saints an eight game win streak, a notable bounce-back after the season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  To Hebert, this speaks to just how good of a job Head Coach Sean Payton is doing.  “I don’t see how Sean Payton cannot be one of the frontrunners for Coach of the Year.  Everyone was expecting the Saints to be in the hunt for the NFC title and the Super Bowl, and sometimes you don’t get rewarded for that.” 

Hebert wasn’t done with the superlatives.  “But Sean Payton, to me, is a modern day version of Bill Walsh, who was described as a football genius.  His offensive schemes are off the charts.”

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