METAIRIE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Saints’ offensive line struggles are becoming an even more glaring issue. Quarterback Derek Carr is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. Up until his injury in the third quarter of last Sunday’s loss to the Packers, Carr was averaging a sack per quarter of play.
Things didn’t get better for quarterback Jameis Winston; he was also sacked once during the game. Through three games, the Saints have allowed 12 sacks, averaging one sack per quarter played so far this season.
Saints head coach Dennis Allen said the team is looking at what they’re doing wrong from multiple angles, however, bottom line is the offensive line has to improve especially ahead of Sunday’s game against a Buccaneers team that averages three sacks per game.
“I think it ultimately comes down to your fundamentals and your technique,” Saints head coach Dennis Allen said. “Sometimes you get beat in our league. That happens. But yet, we’ve got to be better on a more consistent basis. It’s certainly happened too many times this season and we’ve got to be better at it.”
“One thing I know is that we’re going to work to correct it because we have the right kind of people,” Derek Carr, Saints quarterback said. “Does that mean it’s going to be an immediate fix? I don’t know. I hope so. I think they hope so, too. But it’s just an area for us right now that, you know, we’re trying to improve on. And hopefully, we do for this game.”
“Up front, we got to handle the business and those guys take responsibility,” Alvin Kamara, Saints running back said. “They know what they got to do, run game-wise, protecting D.C., protecting our quarterback-wise. So, it’s a couple of things we’ve got to get on track. But, I’m definitely excited to get out there and do what I’ve been good at doing the past couple years.”
Saints starting right guard Ceasar Ruiz is in concussion protocol after leaving Sunday’s loss to the Packers with a concussion. Allen said the team will potentially make changes on the offensive line once they have a better idea of where they are from a health and injury standpoint.