At 2-5 the Saints are mired in one of their worst seasons in years. With the offseason bounty scandal hanging over them, their coach suspended for the year and arguably the league's worst defense it looks like a lost year for New Orleans. But all that hasn't stopped Drew Brees from piling up numbers yet again.
Brees is 2nd in the NFL in both yards (2,310) and TDs (20) after just 7 games. With his bye week behind him, Brees should easily take over the top spot in each category. In week 5 of this year, Brees broke Johnny Unitas' 52 year record for consecutive games with a TD. Clearly, despite the Saints struggles this year, Brees is dangerous.
Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles expects to see the New Orleans in full attack mode Monday night.
"Like I said before, they're an attack team. They attack you with the running backs, the tight ends, and the wide receivers. You got to have a good overall game plan against them, and you have to hope that [Brees] is off a little bit. You have to hope they are a little bit worn down. He's been tough for years now. It's not just this game. He's been tough against everybody. They are the number one pass offense in the league for a reason."
The interesting thing is that throwing the ball is virtually the only thing the Saints are good at. They're last in the NFL in both total defense and rushing. And according to interim head coach Joe Vitt, not much is going to change.
"We're not going to change philosophically what we do," said Vitt. "We are continuing to work for balance and doing what it's going to take to win the game based on how it unwinds."
However, Vitt says that doesn't there won't be small tweaks here and there.
"If you do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result, that's the definition of insanity," Vitt said. "Every week we're going to have new wrinkles and a couple of auxilliary looks, but no, we're not going to rewrite the playbook."