Despite being 7-0, Saints have concerns
“You look at it – four turnovers against Miami, four again against Atlanta – and those were good football teams we played and we were able to overcome them because of great defensive play and making some big plays offensively when we had to,” Brees said. “But the fact of the matter is: That stuff gets you beat. At some point it catches up to you and we need to fix it. It’s sloppy football and it’s not what we preach around here. It’s not what we teach. It’s not how we work. So it’s a bad reflection on us and we don’t like that.”
Apparently, this 7-0 start, which matches the 1991
There’s still plenty of time for things to wrong, be it poor play or things that are out of the
Injuries, including starting quarterback Bobby Hebert’s shoulder sprain, contributed to that team’s slide. And as this season wears on, the
Ellis, a 2008 first-round draft choice who has become one of New Orleans’ premier run stuffers, and Fujita, a starting strong-side linebacker, both sat out Monday night’s game.
There were a pair of fumbles, one by
“I don’t know that we’ve been playing at a high level the last couple of weeks,”
Payton said he is confident that his players are responding well to criticism and remaining focused on getting better.
Midseason, he said, is not the time to step back and look at what the team has accomplished.
“Because of the work required to game plan and prepare for the next opponent, you don’t spend a lot of time reflecting,” Payton said. “When we reflect, we’re trying to really critique and really remove yourself from the win or the loss. … When you put the tape on, let’s watch what we’re seeing and find where we can improve. From this past weekend’s game, there are a lot of things that we have to do better. Not just any one thing, but a number of things.”