METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints troubles stopping the read option in the opening two weeks is fairly well documented by now, what with both Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton guiding the Redskins and Panthers to a combined 922 total yards.
So when Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was a few minutes later for a conference call with New Orleans reporters because he was in a meeting, it was natural think maybe they were installing that offense at the last second.
Cassel, for one, wouldn’t mind. But there’s one problem.
“I’d love to try that,” Cassel said. “But probably with my 5.5 (40-yard) speed, I’m not sure that would work out too well.”
And with that, it’s pretty safe to say the Saints will face, for the first time in 2012, a conventional NFL offense.
Not that Cassel can’t run – he leads all AFC quarterbacks with 45 yards rushing.
“Sometimes I close my eyes and get out there and hope for the best,” he joked.
The read option might be all bad for New Orleans right now; heading into Sunday’s noon game against the Chiefs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Kansas City doesn’t have a real idea about how the Saints will play against them.
“There’s no doubt. Watching the first two games of the season, it’s hard to get a feel for exactly how they’d play a more conventional offense, which I’d say that we definitely are,” Cassel said. “Especially considering that you had two very dynamic players in the backfield and you run the read option and you run a bunch of different stuff that, for the most part, is fairly new in the NFL.”
He added, “When you watch them, I have to understand their personnel. And t they’ve got great personnel. And I think when you also watch them in preseason and even just watch some of Spagnuolo’s stuff in the past, you can see just how dynamic that they are on defense – the pressures, the secondary pressure they bring, the blitzing and everything else .
“You just have to be ready for such a combination of different things and different looks from their defense.”