The biggest story line coming out of a disappointing loss is a Saints fan taking liberty with Jimmy Graham’s ass followed by the same fan apologizing the next week (during a disappointing loss) for groping Graham’s ass the week before:
— New Orleans Advocate (@theadvocateno) November 16, 2014
And of course through it all the fans in the Dome (don’t get me started on that stupid train whistle) are keeping it classy by throwing elbows to the chin of a female Bengals fan (who has evidently never been to Mardi Gras):
Yes it is true the secondary has been decimated due to injury but there is a bigger problem at play with the Saints defense. When Rob Ryan showed up the Saints were supposed to swap over to Ryan’s version of the 3-4. Victor Butler was signed as a free agent joining Will Smith and Junior Gallett at outside linebacker. Butler and Smith both ended up hurt, Ryan adapted to his personnel moving Gallett back to D-End and swapping schemes to a 4-2-5 featuring 3 safeties. The Saints experienced some success last season in that scheme. Not so this year as the Saints zone coverage has been easily shredded. The secondary is not the biggest problem here as the lack of a consistent pass rush from the front 4 leaves the back end of the defense exposed.
The Saints actually have a kick ass 3-4 D-line with Akiem Hicks and Cam Jordan anchoring the ends. What they do not have are two of the four linebackers to go behind them. The Saints have one defensive player in the top 50 for tackles league wide in Curtis Lofton at number 5 with 93 tackles. The next two Saints in tackling, ranking 58 and 83 respectively, are safeties Rafael Bush and Kenny Vaccaro with Bush now gone for the season. When your tackling leaders come from the secondary that usually signals a major problem in the front seven.
While the Saints gave up draft picks to zero in on a new offensive toy for Drew Brees in Brandin Cooks, quality inside rookie linebackers like Chris Kirksey (81) and Avery Williamson (104) ended up on other teams. Both of those rookies have more tackles than Saints Linebacker David Hawthorne and neither appear to have between the ears issues like Saints draftee Khairi Fortt.
Despite adding Cooks, the Saints still need additional talent at wide receiver along with needing to get younger on the offensive line to go with the linebacking needs and a number two corner. With Rafael Bush out things look to get worse from here and that does not count that dumb ass train whistle.
On the bright side we need not worry with planning our Sunday’s around the Saints game.