||09-24-2012 05:21 PM
New Orleans Saints offensive tackle falls on the sword after struggling against Kansas City Chiefs: Ten more observations
Right tackle Zach Strief had an extremely rough day against Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston. Houston had three sacks, including a safety in the fourth quarter while the Saints' offense was imploding. Afterward, Strief admirably fell on the sword.
"I've never felt more individually responsible for the destruction of an offense before," Strief said. "I mean, I've just never been in a situation ... I mean, hats off to him (Houston). That's a game that you fear as a lineman. I had no answers. And I think I really gave us no chance to get anything going."
When asked if he was just talking about the sacks or other plays as well, Strief said, "I don't feel like I did a good job at any point in that game. ... I think I was physically and mentally beaten. And that's disappointing, because you just can't be in that situation. As a professional athlete, you can't be in the situation that I was in today."
When asked if he can attribute any of the team's struggles to the absence of Coach Sean Payton, Strief said, "I have a very hard time attributing what happened today to not having a head coach, because he can't block anybody. At the end of the day, I don't know what Coach Payton being here would have done to make me block somebody."
Strief has not been a consistent problem for the Saints, even though the line has been taking some heat from the fans. Strief actually graded out very well in the first two games, according to both the Saints' grades and my own film-study reviews.
He obviously played very poorly Sunday, however, and he obviously took it very hard.
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