New Orleans Saints Defense Mighty Offensive
The New Orleans Saints go into their game with the Kansas City Chiefs in the Superdome this Sunday with the worst defense in the NFL where it really matters, points scored. It’s a huge hit below the belt for Saints fans who felt like the only thing keeping New Orleans from another Lombardi Trophy was having an even average defense to go along with an outstanding offense. But if you’ve been rocked by an 0-2 start there are some people who still believe there are better times ahead for the downtrodden Saints defense, namely Steve Spagnuolo.
“The growing pains will pay off in the end,” Spagnuolo said in a recent article on ESPN. “I believe in our players and our coaches, and I believe in the scheme. And unless something out of the sky falls, I’m not going to change in that regard.”
I haven’t seen the sky falling but I have seen plenty of other things falling, like 40 points against a rookie quarterback and a rebound of sorts, only giving up 35 points against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Then there’s an average of 186 yards rushing per game and oh, over 450 yards total defense per game. And again, an average so far of 37.5 points a game. Not the sky falling but a ton of points and yards are falling.
Now to the game against the Chiefs. This may be an opportunity for Spags and the Saints to regain some swagger at least, even if it comes against a team that faces the same disappointment in Kansas City as the Saints do in New Orleans. The Chiefs don’t have a big time offense or an “unusual” offensive scheme. They’ve fallen behind early in both games and haven’t seriously challenged for a win in 2012. If the Saints need a patsy to get straight on, the Kansas City Chiefs look to be a good candidate.
But let’s be realistic. The coaches for the Kansas City Chiefs have to saying the same thing about the New Orleans Saints. Wouldn’t you? I’d be beating it into players heads that this is a winnable game against an opponent who’s been playing bad football. The Saints offer the Chiefs the same opportunity that the Chiefs offer the Saints: The chance to win a football game against a team beaten down by failure.
Saints ticket holders for this game can help hugely by being loud in the Superdome. Home field advantage may be the only advantage, mental or physical, the Saints have against the Chiefs. It would be nice to see at least some semblance of competence from Spagnuolo’s players. The offensive defense has to stop.