It’s been a season of frustration so far for the New Orleans Saints. While the offense continues to try and work out its issues, the defense has fallen flat in two games, allowing 31 second half points to the Colts and 31 in a bad loss to Tampa Bay. Monday night at home vs the Titans the Saints return to the friendly confines of the SuperDome, and a win over Tennessee is much needed after this slow start by a team many felt would represent the NFC in February’s Super Bowl.
What has gone wrong is evident. The running game, led by the super combo of Deuce McCallister and Reggie Bush has gone cold to start the season. Bush seems like he is lost out there, running more east and west than north and south. Sure he’s just in his second season, but he seemed to be one of those impact players that would not run into a dreaded sophomore slump. Yes it’s only two games, and he does have the talent and work ethic to come out of it, but his slow start is not helping matters in the Big Easy. As for McCallister, he also has not been able to get on track, and his slow production is hurting the passing game as well.
New Orleans seemed to score in bunches in 2006, putting up a whopping 413 points. Those bunches have been nowhere to be found so far in 07. Just two offensive TD’s in two games. Look for a more aggressive game plan on Monday night at home, as they try to exploit the Titans defense and get on some sort of offensive roll. As for the defense, they have to do a much better job covering the pass, as the secondary was beaten up in week one by the Colts, and last week even Tampa Bay and Jeff Garcia made them look silly.
It will be up to coach Sean Payton, who was the NFL Coach of the Year in 2006, to start putting in game plans and get his team ready to try and turn things around. Last season the Saints were the team that no one wanted to play, and before you could seem to catch your breath, they were 5-1 and running away with the NFC South. The start of this season has been a different story, and now it’s up to Payton, QB Drew Brees and the rest of the leaders of this talented squad to show come character and get this moving again in the right direction. Before it’s too late.