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Creativity comes in all different forms

They are the most creative teams in the league, but each team in the top 10 does it a little differently, writes Jeremy Green.

Updated: September 6, 2007, 5:57 PM ET
By Jeremy Green | Scouts Inc.
There are many creative players in the NFL, players who make special things happen when the ball is in their hands and keep defensive coordinators up at night. But no matter how great these players are, it takes a great scheme or a coach who knows how to get these playmakers the football. Here are the top 10 creative offenses in the NFL.


The Saints finished the 2006 season with the No. 1 ranked offense in the NFL, so it should come as no surprise that they have plenty of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. What might surprise some is that coach Sean Payton is the best playcaller in the NFL. He has a tremendous understanding of schemes and how to create mismatches with multiple offensive sets and groupings. It also doesn't hurt that the offense is guided by Drew Brees, the smartest QB in the NFL.


The Lions proved last season that you don't need the best personnel to have one of the best offenses in the NFL. Mike Martz is one of the most creative offensive coordinators in the game. He understands the use of running receivers to different levels on the field to clear out the middle, which is where he likes QB Jon Kitna to throw intermediate crossing routes. Martz has a great understanding of his offense, finds the holes in an opposing defense and continues to exploit that weakness until the defense finds a way to fix it.