Well, you can’t say a promising off-season has been ruined because for the New Orleans Saints this was a terrible off-season. But in all that turmoil there was at least what we thought was one bright spot and that was a new defense. Steve Spagnuolo was brought in to rebuild a New Orleans defense that had given up big play after big play. the thinking was that if the Saints could field a more conservative defense and force opponents to march down the field in lengthy drives, opportunities would arise. It ain’t happening.
If there’s anything I take away from the Saints opening game losses it’s that this defense is just playing horribly. In two weeks Steve Spagnuolo’s side of the house has given up 75 point. Yes, 75 points. I’ll throw out a fact here. If you give up 37.5 points a game you ain’t winning. Against Carolina this defense yielded over 200 yards rushing. The pass rush has been non-existent against Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton. A wide open Steve Smith? Are you kidding me?
If there’s any comfort to be found in any of this it’s that historically a Steve Spagnuolo defense gets better as the season progresses. When he coached the Giants his defense basically lost the first two games. We can hope against hope that the same thing happens in New Orleans but one thing is very clear. The horrible beginning of the New Orleans Saints in this 2012 NFL season can be placed squarely at the feet of the defense. If it doesn’t get better quickly this will be know as “The Lost Season.”