Could a Saints spark be provided by a returning REG-GIE, REG-GIE?
By Danny Cox / New Orleans Sports Examiner
Earlier this season the New Orleans Saints lost 30-20 to an Arizona Cardinals' team that seemed hapless on both sides of the ball and had a rookie quarterback getting his first career start. "Embarrassing" is a choice word for that loss that stung hard and should have been an easy victory. Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns on the other hand could be called the worst performance by this team in the entire Sean Payton era. Only one word comes to mind this time around and it's "humiliating."
Nothing at all worked for the Saints and they were simply outplayed, out-coached, and outsmarted. Trick plays showed the world that Payton isn't the only offensive genius in the entire NFL. Browns' coach Eric Mangini had his team successfully execute a cross-field lateral punt return, a running back throwback to the quarterback, and a fake punt that gained 68 yards. But it was the mistake-riddled and unbalanced play of the Saints' offense that ultimately led to their demise.