At a time when football in many ways no longer seems to be football, it’s nice to see that some coaches are still treating football like, you know, football.
The Saints, after a strong preseason opener against the 49ers, played not nearly as well against the Texans. The New Orleans defense was shredded for 208 rushing yards and more than 430 total yards in a 27-14 loss.
So when the Saints go to Oxnard this week, it was time for some good, old-fashioned “up-downs.”
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma wasn’t complaining about it on Tuesday.
“That was expected,” Vilma said, via comments distributed by the team. “We knew that was coming. It wasn’t a big surprise to us, especially when you play the way that we played [against Houston]. It’s not really about [defensive coordinator] Gregg [Williams] and the coaches yelling, it’s really about us wanting to perform well. We are more disappointed in ourselves and not really worrying about what the coaches were thinking or saying. It’s about us wanting to get better.”
That attitude has to make Saints fans feel a lot better about the team’s chances of getting back to the Super Bowl, for the second time in three years.