Over the last few years, I’ve heard the New Orleans Saints’ offense described in many ways.
People in the media, myself included, have come up with all sorts of terms or comparisons to describe what coach Sean Payton’s offense does. With quarterback Drew Brees running the show, the Saints move the ball ridiculously well and they don’t do it in just one way.
If Brees isn’t throwing short to Darren Sproles or Jimmy Graham, he’s throwing long to Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem. If the ball isn’t in Brees’ hands, then that means Sproles, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas or Chris Ivory is running it. In other words, the Saints can hit a defense from every possible angle.
But I think I finally heard the best description of the Saints’ offense. As I drove out to One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday morning, I heard ESPN analyst and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden describing the Saints’ offense on “Mike & Mike’’.
“They’re landing jet airplanes from around the world,’’ Gruden said.
That pretty much sums it up. People like to talk about Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago having the nation’s busiest airports. Well, at least during football season, the landing strip at Louis Armstrong International Airport might take the honors.