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Saints’ offensive line in disarray on the field and on the sideline

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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.

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28 Responses to “Saints’ offensive line in disarray on the field and on the sideline”
  1. tv426 says: Oct 31, 2011 7:42 AM

    It is pretty normal in the NFL for a team to win big one week and flop the next.
    Happens time and time again. If I were a betting man…..

  2. tatum064 says: Oct 31, 2011 7:43 AM

    Chalk it up to an off game. Theyre usually clinical, but the ol’ d-coordinator in hc Spagnuolo got the best of them.

  3. packfaninchitown says: Oct 31, 2011 7:51 AM

    But I thought their offense was unstoppable and they were going to knock the Pack off on their way to the Super Bowl…?

  4. cakemixa says: Oct 31, 2011 7:54 AM

    Packfaninchitown, the Saints took your team to the very last play in the season opener, a game that is basically impossible for the away team to win. Don’t be surprised if they return in January to seal the deal.

  5. sj39 says: Oct 31, 2011 8:03 AM

    All of you guys that think just because “your” team won a Super Bowl they are going to win the next five crack me up! You know very little about football if you don’t know how hard it is just to get back to the game let alone repeat or even win one a year or two later.

  6. axespray says: Oct 31, 2011 8:05 AM

    It’s the pft spinning wheel of hate, last week it was the raiders & ravens, this week..
    da’ saints…

    dudes are suppose to be a big bad powerhouse and they done got beat by the aj feely led rams…
    FAIL!

  7. axespray says: Oct 31, 2011 8:10 AM

    Saints haven’t even took on the vikings & lions defensive lines yet…
    uh-oh!

  8. cowboycjn says: Oct 31, 2011 8:11 AM

    That is the whole problem with the Saints – no consitsency. Thats why when Brees set records for passing or any other note worthy milestone the Saints NEVER get any coverage on the sports pages of the internet. No one wants to give the Saints coverage or a pat on the back for when they do good because they drop a dime on you in a minute and play like the old Saints in a heart-beat.

    How can a team so well organized with such talent play one week a near perfect game then the next week play and can’t do anything right? Back to the days where you would swear this is all paid off to win or loose on certain weeks. Absoutley disgusting. If you want to be an elite team you have to play like one every week -not when you feel like it.

  9. nola5712 says: Oct 31, 2011 8:12 AM

    Saints offensive line was nonexistent yesterday. And as usual we can’t stop the run on defense (are you listening Gregg Williams? Gonna stop coasting off 2009 yet?) Give credit to the Rams, they came to play, and the Saints thought this was gonna be a gimme.

    I have no idea where packer fans are getting this Saints are gonna knock them off crap. Its pretty annoying but complimentary at the same time because every Saints post on this site draws the attention of said packer fans. If we keep playing like that we’re not knocking anybody off.

  10. snarkzilla says: Oct 31, 2011 8:38 AM

    >basically impossible for the away team to win

    Week 1:

    Det 27 @ TB 20
    Cin 27 @ Cle 17
    NE 38 @ Mia 24
    Oak 23 @ Den 20

  11. xxwhodatxx says: Oct 31, 2011 8:39 AM

    If you’ve been a saints fan for any length of time you know games like this are ingrained into the franchise. It seems like no matter how good we get and who we beat they will give up an ugly loss to a bad team. It’s transcendent in Saints lore.

  12. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Oct 31, 2011 8:43 AM

    Makes me wonder if there was more to Olin Kreutz leaving the Saints a few weeks ago than we were led to believe……

  13. nolarules says: Oct 31, 2011 8:57 AM

    Congrats to St Louis. They played with the fire and passion that has not been seen by the team we Saints fans cheer for all year long. They deserved not just the win, but the blowout that they produced. The score does not do justice to the whooping they laid on the Saints yesterday.
    Truth is that the Indy win probably had more to do with Indy giving up after the first five minutes than anything else. That game was the aberration of the Saints season. Now, back to reality. The offensive line was ignored in the draft and FA and it shows. The tackles are simply not pro starting caliber. And the “all pro” guards seem to believe their own hype and think they don’t actually need to do the hard work (other than fight coaches on the sidelines). The linebackers and defensive lineman are terrible (I would bring in every available FA out there for a look). Jackson was on the third level of the defense all day long. The linebackers practically block themselves or take worst possible angles on every play (the most pitiful group on this team that has been ignored in the past 5 years of drafts & FA). Greg Williams should be done after this year for good in the NFL (but I am sure the Saints will trot him out again next year). And not leave off Payton….Worst called game of his tenure. Playing the worst run defense in the league, he could only muster 56 yards rushing all day long (most of which came in garbage time anyway)???? That is simply bad coaching as is not having your troops ready to go.
    This team does not look like a playoff team, much less a championship contender. If they show up with this kind of PATHETIC effort next week, the season should just about be done with. Tampa knows it and are coming to turn the lights out on the Saints. We shall see

  14. gosuhgo says: Oct 31, 2011 8:58 AM

    Drew’s numbers aint that good. Take away that laugher against Indy and he’s close to even for td-ints this year.

  15. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 31, 2011 9:03 AM

    Since you’re on the subject, I’ll tell you who has the recipe that may-just may- stop the Packers. It’s Spagnuolo’s old boys in New York, doing what they did to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Saints tried outscoring them, couldn’t do it. I don’t even feel confident the Giants could stop them, but I’d say that’s the only way…..Time will tell!

  16. xxxfixxxerxxx says: Oct 31, 2011 9:09 AM

    Will Drew take this matter into court? Stay tuned or stay united….

  17. fartography says: Oct 31, 2011 9:12 AM

    Steven Jackson sure showed up for this game – WOW.

  18. wtfru2 says: Oct 31, 2011 9:20 AM

    Drew screwed my fantasy team. Darn….. I’d have won with Stafford..

  19. chmba says: Oct 31, 2011 9:40 AM

    It seems highly likely that Kreutz leaving has more to it than suggested before today; Brees seems to be slipping a little; refs are calling lots of penalties and G Williams cannot get away with the dirty play of the super bowl year plus their athletes just aren’t as good. On the other hand when I had Saints tickets those first 7 years of their existence, yesterday’s game might have been one of their better performances!

  20. schmitty2 says: Oct 31, 2011 9:50 AM

    Being a Ram’s fan I was thrilled to see this yet I’m very realistic. The Saints are a great team who had an off day. Spags knows when Brees has time he will pick a defense apart and seeing how banged up the Ram’s secondary is he knew he had nochoice but to blitz him as much as possible. Great game plan!

  21. packfaninchitown says: Oct 31, 2011 10:13 AM

    cakemixa says:

    Packfaninchitown, the Saints took your team to the very last play in the season opener, a game that is basically impossible for the away team to win. Don’t be surprised if they return in January to seal the deal.

    After yesterday’s performance I would be very surprised. Not saying my boys are unstoppable or perfect by any stretch, just saying the Saints ain’t lookin too good on a consistent basis right now…

  22. dukemarc says: Oct 31, 2011 10:13 AM

    Four game back on Home Field Advantage.

  23. packfaninchitown says: Oct 31, 2011 10:14 AM

    sj39 says:

    All of you guys that think just because “your” team won a Super Bowl they are going to win the next five crack me up! You know very little about football if you don’t know how hard it is just to get back to the game let alone repeat or even win one a year or two later.

    I think we all know how hard it is. Having said that, I just honestly think the Packers are the team to do it consistently is all.

  24. snookau says: Oct 31, 2011 10:29 AM

    As a Bucs fan, I’m worried about Sunday. The Saints should be pretty mad right now. And despite the Bucs winning 6 of the last 8 in New Orleans, this game is going to be a battle.

    Hopefully, the Saints bandwagon is emptying out to its pre-Katrina/pre-Brees form…

  25. goawayeverybody says: Oct 31, 2011 11:42 AM

    As a die-hard Saints fan, I would like to thank the Saints for Super Bowl 44. But let’s face it, the season is basically over. I’m not saying they have no chance to make the playoffs because they definitely do. But once a person realizes that his favorite team has no chance to win the Super Bowl, the season is over.

  26. 504in860 says: Oct 31, 2011 11:45 AM

    snookau says:
    Oct 31, 2011 10:29 AM
    As a Bucs fan, I’m worried about Sunday. The Saints should be pretty mad right now. And despite the Bucs winning 6 of the last 8 in New Orleans, this game is going to be a battle.

    Hopefully, the Saints bandwagon is emptying out to its pre-Katrina/pre-Brees form…
    —————————————————

    A Bucs fan talking about bandwagoners? Give me a break. Proud of that big 1-game sellout streak I see…

  27. 504in860 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:02 PM

    snarkzilla says:
    Oct 31, 2011 8:38 AM
    >basically impossible for the away team to win

    Week 1:

    Det 27 @ TB 20
    Cin 27 @ Cle 17
    NE 38 @ Mia 24
    Oak 23 @ Den 20
    ————————————————-

    He was talking about the Thursday night kickoff game. The home team (defending champ) never loses that game.

  28. detroitfootsketball says: Oct 31, 2011 12:20 PM

    Someone put the scores from 4 games in week 1 and I saw 15 thumbs up and 15 thumbs down I always see stuff like that on here and its odd to me how can you thumbs up or thumbs down a score its the score if he gave his opion on something that’s one thing but the score is the score

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