The Saints weren’t supposed to lose their first two games.
After an offseason of turmoil, the Saints were supposed to be motivated by Bounty Gate. The Saints were “supposed” to be the 07 Patriots 2.0, a team ridiculed by scandal that went 16-0. They were supposed to stick it to Roger Goddell.
Now with losing to Washington and Carolina, the turmoil continues.
It would have been too easy to blame Commissioner Roger Goddell. By suspending Sean Payton and even interim coach Joe Vitt, the most hated man in New Orleans was the easy way out for the Saints troubles.
Still, Goddell and the suspensions aren't to blame for the lack of defense.
“Seam Payton couldn’t come out and run a route,” New Orleans safety Malcom Jenkins told ESPN. “Joe Vitt couldn’t make a tackle.”
It appeared no one on the Saints could make a tackle. In their Sunday loss to the Panthers, the Saints gave up 463 yards, including 219 yards on the ground. Against the Redskins, the defense also allowed 459 yards.
While the Sean Payton Saints have never had a lockdown defense, giving up over 450 yards a game is unforgiveable. To make it worse, it seems like interim, interim head coach Aaron Kromer dismissed the seriousness of a problem on defense.
“We’ve played the most unconventional offenses in the National Football League,” he said. “You go from RG3 and then to Cam Newton, they’re just unconventional. Do we have to do better against those style of offenses? Yeah, we do. But we need to get settled on that style. We played two good offenses. We just need to keep plugging away on defenses.”
Those “unconventional offenses” didn’t stop St. Louis or Tampa Bay from getting wins. Teams that are considered to be rebuilding, pulled out the wins when it counted.
The Saints defense can’t expect for Drew Brees to bail them out every time they’re facing a defeat. Through two games, Brees has thrown four touchdowns to his four interceptions. That isn’t going to get it done when the Saints defense is so bad.
Only three teams have gone on to make the playoffs after starting 0-2, according to ESPN. For the Saints to do that, players are going to have to step up and move on from Bounty Gate.
So far, The Big-Bad Saints don’t look big. They just look bad.
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