The Semantics of Disappointing Versus Discouraging (Who Dat Dish)
Sean Payton said after the game, “It’s definitely disappointing,” and then after a pause added, “but not discouraging.”
I am not sure what to do with this statement and what it is that he could possibly be seeing that I am not. I could understand the sentiment he’s feeling if this loss wasn’t coming off the heels of that crap in St. Louis that made this game the most important, disappointing, discouraging and, frankly, disgusting loss in Saints regular season history.
Is he just talking about his team and the manner in which the game was lost in the final seconds, not how they ended up in that situation to start with? If I were in Payton’s shoes, I’d be reflecting more on my own inability to put together a winning game plan and a quarterback throwing costly interceptions early in these games – by running the plays I called. After putting together a 97 yard drive – the only actual successful drive of the game – Payton chickened out and didn’t even attempt to get a game clinching first down. Why not though, right? I mean, the Saints defense was eating the Panthers lunch and had kept the game within reach for the past 58 minutes, so why not just put it on them to make up for the offense’s ability to just get it done. Three consecutive runs into a small mountain of bodies with no intention of advancing the ball, instead of maybe running a pitch to the outside (something we haven’t seen in way too long) that would have had much more actual yard gaining potential than running the ball up the ass of our own offensive linemen. If the pitch didn’t get the first, the time still would have run off the clock, but at least you wouldn’t have shown that your previous,
“Let’s win this game right here and right now” attitude of coaching is gone and in disclosing this fact, giving Cam Newton (who’d probably already quit before you did) the confidence to march down the field and stick it in all of our hearts because you’d already conceded that you’d done enough to win. You arrogant prick.
We all saw the camera catch Payton indicating that it was “His bad,” when Drew audibled to a screen with 2 seconds on the play clock that got blown up in the backfield in the third quarter, but we should have seen it about 30 more times. I’m almost convinced that there is only one audible when Brees changes the play at the line after Sunday, and it’s a screen of the ill-advised fashion.
Let’s face it: The Saints can’t win when it matters on the road. Go ahead and tell me about their overall road record under Payton, but don’t forget to talk about the category of road games that were big games, because that record is not the same. If the home field advantage of the Dome is that important – and we all know it is – then you’ve got to be able to win one or two important road games. New England? Debatable as to the actual cause of loss and its significance in the big picture. Seattle? Would have been huge. St. Louis? Would have made it so losing Sunday wouldn’t have had the same implications it has. Carolina? I’m not even going there.