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Saints hoping Andy Dalton-Taysom Hill tandem can be fruitful going forward


NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. It took the New Orleans Saints 11 weeks to find the quarterback combination that worked.

The Saints (4-7) eclipsed over 300 net yards for the first time this month in a 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams (27-20), snapping a two-game losing drift despite missing a significant amount starting matches. .

Now it’s up to them to prove that the offensive winning formula wasn’t just a fluke against another struggling team.

“We need to keep momentum going this week,” quarterback Andy Dalton said. “I mean, it’s the most important thing we can do.

Saints coach Dennis Allen mulled over his options as a quarterback early last week, hinting publicly that he wasn’t entirely happy with Dalton’s performance lately, but announced on Wednesday that he would not turn down Dalton.

The decision angered some Saints fans, with former starter Jameis Winston publicly mourning the loss of his job.

Allen’s decision was to give less of the reins to Dalton and a bit more to Tysome Hill, whose use has been ubiquitous this season. The Saints were clearly looking to bring in Hill, at one point switching two quarterbacks in nearly every game against the Rams.

“The plan was to pass the ball to Tysome,” Allen said. “Actually, I think Andy was a little disappointed during the week because we had so many games where Theisom was quarterback. But that’s the great thing about our group, our group just wants to win and they’re doing everything they can to try and win and we felt like we had a good chance this week.”

To a smiling Dalton, he retorted: “No, I never get upset with the number of shots that Thaisom takes, because I know how successful we were with him, and how many positive moments we got thanks to it. Thaisom is a unique asset. Many teams have really good players. We have one that can be all over the field and play quarterback and I think that’s our advantage. It doesn’t discourage me.”

Allen did not want to use the two-back system all the time, saying it would be evaluated every week.

“I’m not ready to sit here and say we’re just copying the game plan for next week,” he said.

Two-back systems can be useless and complicated, sometimes used in college but rarely successful in the NFL. But the results certainly spoke for themselves. Hill completed one pass for 14 yards and ran the ball nine times for 52 yards. Hill has rushed for at least 50 yards four times this season, and the Saints have won every game.

“It’s because a lot of teams don’t have what we have,” right-back Cesar Ruiz said with a smile.

“That feeling I had today was like ‘We will win this game’ from the jump.”

While the quarterback was a hot topic outside the building before a Rams game, inside the building, players and coaches were pleading with each other to relax, be aggressive, and de-stress.

The result was no casualties and two misses, leading Allen to conclude that they had done nothing to defeat themselves this time.

Making a concerted effort to get Hill involved was also part of the back-to-the-wall feeling the Saints had earlier in the week. They knew the status quo wouldn’t work if the winning season slipped away.

“I think we approach every week with the same mentality. I think this week there may have been an extra focus on winning the football game,” Hill said. “Correctly? For example, what do we have to lose, so let’s call everything we have in this call list, let’s push the ball around the field. I would say that maybe it was emphasized a little more than in the past weeks.”

This emphasis was shown on third and 1st early in the game when Dalton threw the ball down the field in a play that saw Juwan Johnson win 26 yards.

“I think it’s thinking [and] the mentality we need,” Dalton said.

The results were significant compared to last week’s meager result against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dalton completed 21 of 25 passes for 260 yards, three touchdown passes and no interceptions against the Rams, setting a career-high completion percentage (84%) and passer rating (149.6).

He also passed for 53 yards to rookie Chris Olav while under pressure from behind a three-starter line.

“I had a little pressure too,” Dalton said. “So when you release the ball and get hit, you are on the ground, you never know what will happen, but to get that kind of result. I felt like I put the ball in a great place.

“Chris behaved exactly as we planned, a throw on the field. We got the look we wanted and he played great.”

Allen said Dalton, a 12-year veteran, was coping well with the uncertainty of his position even last week.

“He’s an experienced player,” Allen said. “He has been in this league for a long time. He understands how everything works. evaluated. I think he handled it outstanding.”

The performance certainly gave Dalton some time after he seemed to be on the verge of potentially losing his job. But when asked about his feelings for the week, he turned the conversation to the team.

“I think at the end of the day I’m happy with how we were able to play today,” Dalton said. “The hardships we’ve had in the last couple of weeks, especially in attack… obviously we didn’t play as well as in the previous weeks.

“We had a great plan and we went out and executed it no matter what was going on. I think this is what you are most proud of. This is for me personally and for this group.”

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