The New Orleans Saints’ offensive line was a mess on Sunday in St. Louis, and not just between the white lines.
In addition to nearly getting Drew Brees killed by the Rams’ pass rush, the Saints’ line was bickering on the sideline, including guard Carl Nicks getting into a screaming match with offensive line/running game coach Aaron Kromer. Nicks vowed afterward that the incident wouldn’t lead to future problems for the team.
“It was in the heat of the moment, I just lost my temper,” Nicks told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I don’t even remember what it was all about. It’s just frustration about losing and that’s about it. Emotions got the best of me. I apologize for making myself look dumb. I’ll never do something like that again.”
If anyone deserves to be angry about the way the Saints’ line was playing, it’s Brees, who was sacked six times and hit several others and under duress all day. But he insisted that the Saints’ problems will be corrected going forward.
“We’ve got a good team,” Brees said. “We’ve got guys who are passionate about the game, emotional, want to win. There are obviously fiery moments all the time. I’m not worried about anybody turning on anybody. That’s not our team; that’s not the kind of guys we have or the kind of coaches. So I’m confident we’ll be able to respond from this.”
If the Saints’ line doesn’t respond, Brees is going to have a tough time making it through the season in one piece.