A secondary that was the strength of the New Orleans Saints defense last season took a pounding in Sunday's season opener against Tampa Bay.
It was the kind of pounding that can leave a mark.
New Orleans gave up 417 passing yards to Buccaneers backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the numbers were even worse than that on closer inspection.
Fitzpatrick's 14.89 yards per pass attempt were the most for any quarterback in a decade. The Saints gave up two touchdown passes of more than 50 yards, one more than they allowed in all of the 2017 season. In 28 attempts by Fitzpatrick, the secondary only broke up one pass.
The good news is that the Saints believe the problems are fixable.
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