- Aug 1, 1997
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- Sunset, La
Editorial By Tony Twillie
It would have been nice if the New Orleans Saints’ season had just ended with a bad game. Maybe they turn the ball over 3-4 times, and you easily point at that as the difference. Or something along those lines. But if it were that simple, it wouldn’t be Black and Gold football.
No, these Saints had to play a game that was so lacking, on so many levels, that it left you questioning everything you previously thought about the team.
The 35 points the Saints gave up in the first half were the most ever under Sean Payton. It’s beyond unfathomable to see that defense, which had been steadily improving through much of the second half of the season, take such an obtuse step back in a game against a team they are more intimately familiar with than any other in the league. It leaves fans with more questions than answers at this point.
Question 1: Which defense is for real?
The Saints began the season with many injured players on the defensive side of the football, and added more to the injured list in short order. By the time we went to San Diego, we were without our starting weakside LB, our (then) starting middle linebacker, 3 cornerbacks, a defensive tackle, and a pass rushing defensive end. This doesn’t include Hau’oli Kikaha, who we knew wouldn’t play this year. That’s 7 major contributors to our defense on a down by down basis...
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