For over a decade, the Saints were the league’s most entertaining team to watch. They’re still capable of putting up points in bunches, but that is no longer the case.
Watching a Saints game is a lot like watching an Arena League game. There’s plenty of scoring but it just feels … cheap. New Orleans’ 36-20 loss to New England was a complete mismatch, and, despite the scoring, almost a chore to watch. The offense never really got going and the defense never had a chance of slowing down Tom Brady, who threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns a week after this same defense allowed Sam Bradford to put up a career best effort.
The defense has long been a problem. A problem Sean Payton has tried (and failed) to solve by constantly replacing his defensive coordinators. The coaches have changed; the results have not. At a certain point, Payton has to take some of the blame for the team’s defensive woes.
The Saints are undisciplined on the field – that’s a sign of bad coaching. On the very first snap of the season, the Saints defense had only 10 men on the field. On Sunday, the Patriots easily exploited matchups all over the field, and the Saints secondary had trouble executing even the most basic coverages…
Tony Romo went in on the Saints secondary a couple times today. Good stuff. pic.twitter.com/743KI77hyG
— Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) September 17, 2017