Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief made a bold proclamation Monday, saying, "I think we can be as good as a running team as we have ever been."
And running back Pierre Thomas talked in a similar excited fashion about the run game the other day, saying among other things that, "We are putting in more time on the running game than I have ever seen before."
It would be natural to hear comments like that and be a little skeptical. The Saints seem to talk every summer about putting more emphasis on the run game -- but then the results have been decidedly hit and miss each season.
However, I've begun to sense one big difference while hearing folks talk about the run game this summer: Confidence.
The Saints want to control the clock more and having a running game would certainly help. Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson are expected to lead the way. Robinson has been impressive so far, but outside of Thomas in a PPR league, it remains to be seen if the others can be worthy fantasy backs for your team.