PFT- Saints quarterback Drew Brees wants to spend more time on the field this season, and see his punter and kicker on the field less.
Asked today on the Dan Patrick Show if he believes the Saints should go for it on fourth down more often, and go for two after most touchdowns, Brees says he absolutely thinks they should.
“Personally, I feel like if we went for two, we could make it more than 50 percent of the time, and I think fourth down, depending on where you are on the field, if you’re in a manageable situation we could convert most fourth downs. So I’m all for it,” Brees said.
SOLD. I honestly didn't need the explanation. Don't even show me the numbers. Maybe I do have a little blackness in me, because I have little to no interest in the analytics of it all (h/t Michael Wilbon). All I care to hear is that going for two means that I won't have to witness a weekly missed extra point, and I was about one more 'wide right' away from taking a sharp left off the reservation. I'm totally fine with keeping the ball in Drew Brees hands (let's be honest, there will be NO running plays), because I trust him to move it two yards into the end zone exponentially more than I trust Connor Barth or Kai Forbath to line up for a field goal without tripping over their own feet. I don't need or want to know their career averages in overall accuracy, because every kicker that puts on a black & gold uniform almost simultaneously loses the ability to consistently kick straight. Whatever luck the Sean Payton-led Saints had with kickers was literally all used up during the 2009 Super Bowl Championship run with Garrett Hartley. I'm surprised it's taken them this long to consider going for it at any and every down and distance. It might send a few people into cardiac arrest, but it will relieve the Who Dat Nation of the headaches incurred following every shanked chip shot field goal. That's got to count for something. That "something" might not be more points, but it will undoubtedly be more mental stability.