If Drew Brees And Deuce McAllister Don't Stop Gushing About The Saints Running Backs I Am Going To Need A Cold Shower
"I think he's all-purpose," Brees said of Spiller. "He's got some of the quicks and the speed and kind of that slash element like a (Darren Sproles), but he's bigger in stature like a (Pierre Thomas).
"There's really not anything he can't do."
“I love the corps that we have,” said McAllister. “If those guys are healthy, they can be a dangerous group.” Deuce likened the Saints current running back duo of Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller to himself and Reggie Bush back in 2006, when that Saints tandem was formed.
Deuce said when it comes to rushing the football on a game by game basis there is a magic number the Saints should strive for. “When you can get to 30 rushing attempts as a group, then you’re talking about having a better chance to win games.”
When a Hall Of Fame quarterback compares you to a combination of two of his favorite targets of his entire career then you know you are doing something right. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles? As one? Why run plays for anyone else? I really don't think people outside of Saints fans realize how good the running back core has the potential to be. Ingram is coming off a career year and CJ Spiller might be a better fit for the Saints offense than any running back that has walked through the doors since Sean Payton's arrival. Take a look at who else is on that list and that becomes quite the compliment. While people will look at the loss of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills as creating a glaring void in the offense, it's pretty evident the running game is what this offense is being built around. The 2006 combination of Deuce and Reggie as well as the 2009 combination of Pierre Thomas and Reggie is is clearly the prototype that the Saints are trying to emulate. Give Drew Brees protection and he is exponentially more efficient. A strong running game and a young, athletic offensive line provide just that.
I can't read Deuce's statement without letting the word 'we' go unappreciated. The thought that McAllister still views himself as part of the organization is enough to bring a smile to the face of any long time Saints fan. If there is anyone that embodies what it means to be a Saint more than Deuce I would love to meet him. If Deuce loves our running backs then I love them too. Whatever he says goes. He says it run it 30 times you better run it 35 just to be safe. It's clear that I don't know too much about this team based on my prediction last year, but 2015 has the feel of an exciting year. Let's hope the backfield lives up to it's potential, because that potential may be higher than of us can even imagine.
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