||12-12-2011 02:37 PM
You don't think that maybe having a different quarterback out there than the one the Saints game planned for, might have made this win look a little sloppier or more "dangerous" than it really actually was? I mean, Chris Johnson they prepared for. He got like what, a pitiful 23 yards instead of his usual 190 and 153 type numbers. Hasselback they prepared for. He got like, what, two decent passes for gains, and a bunch that were for like, -1 yard, 2 yards, 3 yards, incompletions into the ground, tipped balls (the play he got hurt on was a tipped ball), etc.
Locker they weren't as prepared for. He ran around a bunch, and moved the chains, and also got that crazy pylon-reaching TD -- which if it's Hasselback in there, there's almost no way that play happens like that. You think the Saints watched game film and said, "watch out for that 36 year old Hasselback going flying over the pylon?" LOL. Even the Titans fans are commenting today, on how DIFFERENT their offense looked, with Locker back there yesterday.
Now if this game had happened the way that it did, with Hasselback at QB all the way through the game, with him sitting in the pocket and throwing bombs down the field to threaten at the very end of the game, well then yeah, I'd say the negative nellies would have a real good point about this defense. But this was "throw the game plan out the window" type football, they had to adjust on the fly.
Remember the Seattle playoff game where the Saints D looked abysmally bad, like REALLY STUNK? Who remembers that there was a quarterback controversy in Seattle that week, and they didn't know for sure which of the two was going to start. Saints didn't quite know who to prepare for!
When they prepare for a QB, the defense seems to do fine. When it's a rookie or unexpected guy, and there's not a lot of film on him to study, that's when the Saints D notoriously make the unknown nobody QB's look so great, and everybody complains about it.