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Can New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton Avoid Fate Of Dick Nolan?

Published by on May 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Much has been made of the prolific offense demonstrated by the New Orleans Saints in 2008. That's understandable, considering the Saints finished the season ranked first in the league in points scored, total yards, and passing yards per game.

On their way to an 8-8 finish, the Saints averaged 28.9 points per game, 410.7 total yards, and 311.1 passing yards per game. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for a whopping 5,069 yards.

In 1979, the Saints also finished at 8-8 and featured a high-powered offense. Three years after sitting out the 1976 season with an arm injury, quarterback Archie Manning passed for 3,169 yards. Like Brees in 2008, Manning earned a Pro Bowl invitation following the season.

Brees managed ...

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