November 29, 2022

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Coach Dennis Allen says the Saints will still be with Andy Dalton at QB

Coach Dennis Allen says the Saints will still be with Andy Dalton at QB

METAIRIE, La – The New Orleans Saints . will start Andy Dalton Go ahead, coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday at the quarterback.

despite James Winston He was fully involved in training for the first time since week one, and the Saints (2-5) are still holding on to Dalton due to his performances on Winston’s rest over the last four games.

Andy will start again this week [against the Las Vegas Raiders]“I feel like he played well,” Allen said. “Offensively, I feel like we’re living a bit of a rhythm. We were moving the ball really well, scoring points. So we’re going to keep going that way with Andy as the midfielder.”

Dalton completed 63.4% of his passes for 946 yards and 7 touchdowns, with 4 interceptions. He was fired four times. Dalton threw for 361 yards and 4 touchdowns in New Orleans’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week, but he also had 3 interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns at the end of the first half.

When asked if the decision was based on performance, Allen called it an “offensive decision.”

“What I mean by that is in the last four weeks … we’re the biggest fouls in terms of moving the ball, we’re one of the best in terms of points,” Allen said. “And that is really the name of the game. So we will continue to do what we have been doing. We have to do a better job of protecting football. And if we do that, I think we can be very effective aggressively.”

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saints return Alvin Camara He said on Wednesday that Dalton did a good job playing with poise and going through his readings.

“I feel like he never panics when he’s going through his readings. He seems to be getting to the right place at the right time. Except for a few things we were doing that were of his own making, he played really well,” Camara said. “I think it would be good to move on. Obviously I know he’s probably been the hardest on himself in the last week, these two objections [that were returned for touchdowns]. He’s fighting harder than anyone else – the coaches and all of us – to make it right. He is a competitor. Same thing I was talking about with James. They both compete.”

Allen made it clear that Dalton would remain the initiator as long as the offense continued to perform.

“Well, look, James is healthy now. We’re going with Andy because we’re sitting here now. And if we keep playing well and moving the ball offensively, Andy will still be there,” Allen said.

He added, “There are a lot of things that we do really well offensively. And I didn’t feel there was any need to spoil the apple cart there. We’ll keep going the way we are. And if we keep doing that, then we’ll keep going.”

Winston was re-signed and announced the start early in the off-season after the Saints tried and failed to get him Deshaun Watson. Dalton was signed later in the season as a backup.

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Winston started the first three games of the season but injured his back in the New Orleans win over the Atlanta Falcons in the first week. He played through injury for two games before the Saints sat him down to wake up. Winston said last week that he doesn’t think the recovery process will take as long as it did.

“Andy was rolling,” Camara said. “Obviously obnoxious that James was injured, trying to come back.” “Andy, I feel like he’s playing really well, which gives us a little bit of stability – not because James wasn’t, but I don’t get paid to make those decisions. Upstairs, I think they felt like going with Andy to be the best at the moment. I know James And I know he will keep working and getting better. Just because he hasn’t started, doesn’t mean he won’t prepare as if he was a player to start with. The next time his number is called, I know he will be able to execute.”