Saints go to 0-4 after loss to the Packers

What the heck is wrong with the Saints?

10/1/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

September 23, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIREAfter falling to 0-4, the Saints are in an extremely difficult position.

It's a stark contrast to their previous 3 seasons, in which they had a combined record of 37-11, featuring a Super Bowl championship in 2009.

So what's going wrong this year?

There are a ton of factors that could be in play here.

For starters, they're missing Jonathan Vilma, arguably their best defensive player. He was originally suspended for a year, and then there were rumors that the suspension could get shortened, but then he ended up on injured reserve anyway.

The next problem is their coaching staff. Head coach Sean Payton is DEFINITELY out for the season, and it's possible that he meant much more to the team than anyone ever could have known.

However, based on the way their defense has played, I'm not sure it would matter who their head coach is.

The Saints are the worst defensive team in football, in terms of yardage allowed, giving up 463 yards per game. That includes 186 yards per game on the ground, which is the worst in the NFL by 14 yards per game.

The Saints have an excellent offense, but when you're giving up 463 yards per game, and 186 rushing, it's hard to control the clock and win games. Even their ball-hawking defense, which has been known to force turnovers even if they give up huge yardage, has only managed 2 interceptions so far.

The Saints desperately need to turn this around if they want any chance whatsoever at a playoff spot.

The Falcons are already jumping out to a huge lead in the division, thanks to their outstanding 4-0 start.

Can the Saints figure out how to right the ship? Or is this a lost season?
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10/2/12   |   jnales1946   |   112 respect

Saints are getting some payback.  Remember, what goes around, comes around.  It's the Saints turn.  Payback is a Mother

10/1/12   |   w_g_walters   |   223 respect

They blew it when they traded Reggie Bush. Bush took off from the draft, but he had a letdown after the SuperBowl. Now, look at what he's doing in Miami. He had 115 yards at Houston and a breakout game against Oakland, and led the team in rushing against the undefeated Cardinals. (I called Houston out for this when they passed him up in the draft; Houston had a good defense, but desperately needed a RB.) So don't blame the current team; blame the wahoo who decided to make the trade.

10/1/12   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

I truly believe that finally the Saints offense has come to the realization that they can't keep up on the scoreboard with other teams scoring against the Saints terrible defense.  I thought West Virginia's defense was bad, however Bree's offense buddies would have to average 60 points a game to even make it to 8-8.  Saints have given up an average of 463 yards a game for the first 4 games.  This includes nearly 200 yards per game on the ground.  That is in a league that has forgotten or chosen not to run the ball.