Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters earlier this week he wants the Steelers to go for two after every touchdown this season.
Drew Brees can see Roethlisberger’s point.
“I would say that if you’re making it more than 50 percent of the time on your two-point conversions, then it would probably make sense to go for two every time, wouldn’t it?” Brees said. “The extra point is still very, very high-percentage. ... But if you feel good about your two-point game, and you make it more than 50 percent of the time, it would make sense to do that.”
NFL kickers made 94.2 percent of extra-point attempts last season — the lowest figure in decades — as kickers were forced to make 33-yard attempts. New Orleans made 95.6 percent of its extra-point tries.
Brees thinks the principle of aggression could extend to another situation that’s almost an afterthought for most teams.
“I’ve read things where high school teams, the dice is hot, they’re going to go for it on every fourth down, no matter where they are on the field,” Brees said. “Maybe you’re more calculated with the way you do it, but if you play with that aggressive mentality, and if you’re making more of them than not ...”
Brees is confident the Saints could make the strategy count in either situation.
New Orleans converted 10 of 16 fourth downs last season, although the Saints had only one two-point conversion, even though coach Sean Payton is known for rolling the dice on occasion.
“I would say our mentality is probably more of the aggressive side when it comes to both of those situations,” Brees said. “I don’t know, maybe it’s something to consider.”
Aaron Glenn’s easy decision
Former NFL cornerback Aaron Glenn had plenty of opportunities this offseason.
Glenn spent the past two seasons cutting his teeth, getting into the coaching business after spending two years as a personnel scout with the New York Jets. Suddenly, his services were in high demand.
New Orleans felt like home. Glenn spent the majority of his career playing for legendary coach Bill Parcells, Payton’s mentor in the coaching business, and Glenn played briefly for the Saints in his final season in 2008. For obvious reasons, Payton’s style and Glenn’s matched each other.
“I have a relationship with coach Payton from our days in Dallas, and he has a relationship with Parcells, I know he’s a Parcells guy,” Glenn said. “I know how coach Payton operates, I know how DA operates, I know Joe Vitt, I know Bill Johnson, I’ve been around those guys before. It just felt like a common feeling to come here and work with a group like this.”
Glenn is now in charge of a young cornerbacks group that has showed promise in the Saints’ offseason workouts so far.
Nearly a decade after he played in New Orleans, Glenn remembers how much he liked the way Payton handled the team, and now he gets to be a part of it from the other side.
“You didn’t have to take notes,” Glenn said. “You can see it. ... What coach Payton’s all about, I’m all about. You want to be around people who have like visions.”
The No. 12 was back on the Saints’ practice fields again Wednesday.
This time, it was worn by former undrafted receiver Kyle Prater — not Robert Meachem, who is trying out during the mandatory minicamp this week.
Meachem is battling a foot injury that showed up Wednesday morning.
“We held him back,” Payton said. “We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.”
Meachem, the former first-round pick who has played in New Orleans in seven of his eight NFL seasons, is trying to make a comeback after spending last season out of football.
“It’s not a prior injury, but it was something that was significant enough that he wasn’t able to practice today,” Payton said.