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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The New Orleans Saints picked up their first blemish on their perfect record this season as the New England Patriots stole one in the waning second of the fourth quarter. The loss puts the Saints at 5-1 which is nothing ...

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Old 10-15-2013, 04:25 AM   #1
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New Orleans Saints still have long way to go

The New Orleans Saints picked up their first blemish on their perfect record this season as the New England Patriots stole one in the waning second of the fourth quarter. The loss puts the Saints at 5-1 which is nothing to fret about going into the bye week. However, the loss did show that the Saints have a long way to go as a team.

This was a game that veteran teams close out. The Saints today showed that they still have some growing to do despite the fact they are for the most part a veteran team. Surprisingly enough, a good amount of growing has to be done by Drew Brees and Sean Payton. The game was theirs for the taking and they essentially gave it away. Payton and Brees, who have been lauded for their play calling and execution, came up short on Sunday, especially in the last 2 minutes. The defense, who had the unenviable task to stopping Tom Brady, managed to get the job done (twice!) with a three and out and an interception.

Jimmy Graham 5The offense followed it up with three and outs of their own, including a questionable bootleg by Drew Brees on third down which eventually gave the Patriots the ball a third time. Even before that there was something off with the offense. Brees and Payton were able to succeed the last two weeks with patience and flexibility. However, this week the offense reverted back to their blind aggressiveness even it wasnít the best game plan. Brees threw only one interception, but it could have been many more as he constantly forced the ball into blanket, double, and even triple coverage. The worst part about the constant aggressive calls is that there was no need for it.

The Saints, for the first time this season, had real success on the ground averaging 5 yards a pop as a team with Pierre Thomas averaging 4.6 yards and Khiry Robinson averaging 7.6.With all that success, Payton moved away from it at critical times including trying to fit a tight ball into Marques Colston on third down which stopped the clock and gave the Patriots an extra timeout. This happen with Payton sometimes. He sometimes gets a little arrogant instead of just keeping it simple. This aggressiveness and arrogance is the same reason Payton wins big games, but this game was a little miscalculation on Paytonís part.

While Brees and Payton had their share of mishaps, the main position group that needs to step up moving forward is the wide receivers. A typically reliable group, their performance was pathetic, with the exception of Kenny Stills. Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, and Nick Toon were unable to get separation consistently. There is really no excuse for this with Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles getting the attention that they were getting all game. The real disappointment is Colston, who has now two straight game under 20 yards. That is inexcusable from a guy who is suppose to be the veteran and set an example with his play for the younger Toon and Stills.

Finally, the defense isnít blame free here, however. It is a team sport, and though the defense did more than their part throughout the game, they didnít show up when it countedóon the last drive. For all the talk about how great the pass rush was, it was nowhere to be found on the last drive as Brady had all the time in the world. For all the talk about how disciplined the secondary was, there were multiple occasions the defense let the Patriots receivers get behind them. However, there shouldnít be too much blame on the defense. They stopped Brady twice, and it is hard to hold one of the gameís best for that long. Like they say, if you continue to play with fire, you will get burned.

Despite all the negatives, at the end of the day the Saints are still 5-1 and one of the best teams in the NFC. And even though they didnít play their best, they were still up by 4 with seconds left on the road against one of the leagueís best. This bye week is much needed as Graham tries to heal from what we hope isnít a significant injury; also the coaching staff will try to address some of the mistakes and make the necessary tweaks. The Saints come out of the bye week with games against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. If the Saints stay focused, those games are more than winnable, and a 7-1 record would effectively take the sour taste of this loss out of our mouths.

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Old 10-15-2013, 05:45 AM   #2
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Good read ... keep your eye on the prize, .
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We aren't giving the Pats D much credit . They shut down our 2 best threats.Jimmy Graham was a non factor.Talib schooled the best TE in the NFL. I was disappointed with our play selections at the end of the game. Close tough game on the road and we came up short. Thought we had good effort and could not close the deal at the end . Wrs didn't play well . Might be a spot to address in next draft.
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We aren't giving the Pats D much credit . They shut down our 2 best threats.Jimmy Graham was a non factor.Talib schooled the best TE in the NFL. I was disappointed with our play selections at the end of the game. Close tough game on the road and we came up short. Thought we had good effort and could not close the deal at the end . Wrs didn't play well . Might be a spot to address in next draft.

WRs don't play well in 1 game and we need to address it in the draft?
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Originally Posted by triman View Post
We aren't giving the Pats D much credit . They shut down our 2 best threats.Jimmy Graham was a non factor.Talib schooled the best TE in the NFL. I was disappointed with our play selections at the end of the game. Close tough game on the road and we came up short. Thought we had good effort and could not close the deal at the end . Wrs didn't play well . Might be a spot to address in next draft.
Agreed with everything you said except for the Wide Receivers. Impossible to tell how they'll play when we don't play them hardly at all. We have this giant wide receiver under a fat contract named Colston who we've hardly thrown the ball to this season. When we do throw the ball, it's to Stills who is a rookie.

With the weapons we have and the limited play calls since Chicago game, I don't see how we can expect these WR's to sit bench and come out of nowhere and make top performance plays when we call on them in desperation.

Moral of the story is SPREAD THE DAMN BALL AROUND and quit throwing to Graham and Sproles.
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Agreed with everything you said except for the Wide Receivers. Impossible to tell how they'll play when we don't play them hardly at all. We have this giant wide receiver under a fat contract named Colston who we've hardly thrown the ball to this season. When we do throw the ball, it's to Stills who is a rookie.

With the weapons we have and the limited play calls since Chicago game, I don't see how we can expect these WR's to sit bench and come out of nowhere and make top performance plays when we call on them in desperation.

Moral of the story is SPREAD THE DAMN BALL AROUND and quit throwing to Graham and Sproles.
Agreed... they will learn from this and improved. I for one am glad it happened sooner than later.
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