Underhill: Impossible to ignore injuries as Saints cling to life after big loss to Falcons (1 Viewer)

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Impossible to ignore injuries as Saints cling to life after big loss to Falcons

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate



Nobody wants to hear excuses.

The standings aren’t going to pardon the Saints for losing their third game just because they were without more than half of their projected starters on defense. New Orleans lost to the Atlanta Falcons 45-32, are now 0-3, and will need a major rebirth to save the season.

"No, it's next man up," linebacker Craig Robertson said. "You'll hear that all over the NFL because you can't change what you do week in and week out from injuries. It's always next man up."

The Saints aren’t going to make excuses. That’s not what football teams do. It’s a next-man-up world, and the ability to fill in and overcome adversity is typically what separates winning teams from losing teams. But it’s impossible to tell the story of this game without noting who wasn’t on the field, and it has to be pointed out that, at least at cornerback, the seventh man is up and on the field at this point.

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Impossible to ignore that the defense and ST have been a dumpster fire for 3 seasons with no measurable improvement, injuries or no injuries.
 
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> G Senio Kelemete (hamstring) is expected to have an MRI taken today for his injury, source said.</p>&mdash; Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) <a href="https://twitter.com/caplannfl/status/780784207907946496">September 27, 2016</a></blockquote>
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our 2nd and 3rd string players exhibit the same problems we've seen from our starters for years. nobody can tackle or stop the run. no ball hawks in the secondary. injuries would be a valid excuse if these problems weren't present for payton's entire tenure aside from one season where we created some turnovers.
 
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We keep the same position coaches and the issues stay the same... for years. Mind boggling.
 

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our 2nd and 3rd string players exhibit the same problems we've seen from our starters for years. nobody can tackle or stop the run. no ball hawks in the secondary. injuries would be a valid excuse if these problems weren't present for payton's entire tenure aside from one season where we created some turnovers.
Also, not just RAC yards on the secondary, but complete inability of the front 7 to even touch the ball carrier until 10+ yards up the field on several runs.

I refuse to put that on the patchwork secondary. It's bigger and deeper.
 

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Also, not just RAC yards on the secondary, but complete inability of the front 7 to even touch the ball carrier until 10+ yards up the field on several runs.

I refuse to put that on the patchwork secondary. It's bigger and deeper.

Falcons running game had 7 YPC!
 

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I hate to break it to Underhill but the Saints season flatlined the second Harris ran into Lewis. The most shocking thing to me is how mentally fragile this team is. One thing goes wrong and they just shut down.
 

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our 2nd and 3rd string players exhibit the same problems we've seen from our starters for years. nobody can tackle or stop the run. no ball hawks in the secondary.
You expect 2nd and 3rd string players (and some of these guys on defense are 6th and 7th string players) to be ball hawks and great tacklers?
 

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I hate to break it to Underhill but the Saints season flatlined the second Harris ran into Lewis. The most shocking thing to me is how mentally fragile this team is. One thing goes wrong and they just shut down.
The Harris collision on the punt, while devastating, was not all on Harris. The Falcon player stuck out his leg to trip him and did trip him. Not the only instance. I believe that the no call encroachment play is one of the others that comes to mind, the receiver on the crossing route was also deliberately tripped. Few other plays noticed as well. Watch them in slow motion and you will see the deliberate nature of the defenders. Just something I saw added to the atrocious officiating.
Not blaming officiating for the loss, but some key moments added to the struggles.

Also of note, the team character that we were badly missing for several years, is back. Our boys continued to battle until the end. That is heart. We exemplified that last night. All 3 of these losses were gut wrenching, but there are positives to be taken from the games, going forward. Young team, ridiculous amount of injuries, 5th 6th and 7th string players laying their heart on the field. It is rebuilding, but the horizon is bright.
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