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Saints frustrations growing with road woes

Sean Payton AP

No one likes playing on a short week, but the Saints might volunteer for it right now.

After their latest road loss — a 27-16 job at St. Louis which underscored a disturbing trend — the Saints can’t wait to get to Charlotte for Sunday’s de facto NFC South title game against the Panthers.

“I can’t wait to get this taste out of my mouth,” center Brian de la Puente said, via Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I wish tomorrow could be next Sunday.”

The only problem will be that it’s on the road, and the Saints have proven effective there. They’re 7-0 at home, but 3-4 outside the Superdome, taking beatings from the Seahawks and Rams the last two times they ventured outside.

“I think it’s obvious, there’s something about us on the road that has to be addressed and fixed,” tackle Zach Strief said. “There’s something we have to identify, and we have to find it fast.”

So far this season, they’ve mostly practiced denial, saying it wasn’t a problem, but they can’t any longer.

“That was pretty ugly,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “Let’s be honest, you need to have the energy in a game like this. Week [15], with what is at stake and if we don’t, then maybe that is a good sign as to where we are at. . . .

“I am sure the tape won’t be very exciting, but it will be revealing.”

During the game yesterday, the frustration was evident. Payton was barking at assistants and players, and benching starting left tackle Charles Brown at one point.

His mood when they review film likely won’t be much better, now that their problem can’t be denied. And if they can’t solve it quickly, any playoff games they manage will all be on the road.

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29 Responses to “Saints frustrations growing with road woes”
  1. thepftpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 9:52 AM

    Like I said before, Last sunday was a fluke.

    Panthers > Saints

  2. Pat says: Dec 16, 2013 9:56 AM

    the pftpoet comments on every story hoping for attention. what he should really be hoping for is to someday move out of his parent’s basement.

  3. jerruhjones says: Dec 16, 2013 9:59 AM

    I still think Rob Ryan is over-rated.

  4. rhamrhoddy says: Dec 16, 2013 10:07 AM

    Last week Brees responded to a question about the team’s road struggles with a condescending reply about how statistics don’t lie. And how they’ve won more road games since something like 2006 than just about anybody.

    I get that he was just defending his team but the Saints are being questioned for RECENT road struggles, both regular season and playoffs.

    It’s looking as though how far they make it in the playoffs is going to be tied into how many games to get to play at home in the playoffs.

  5. jgedgar70 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:12 AM

    I thought the Saints would win this game, since it was on field turf and in a dome. Next game is outdoors and on grass. And the Panthers will have the exact same motivation as the Saints – redemption for their last meeting, while the Saints seek redemption for their last game. Should be a good game.

  6. seahawksbmx says: Dec 16, 2013 10:14 AM

    the pftpoet comments on every story hoping for attention. what he should really be hoping for is to someday move out of his parent’s basement.
    ——–
    You’d think he was a teenager, right? In the recent post about Ted Hendricks’ passing, poet said he went to high school with TH83, meaning he’s in his late 50’s. Just sad.

  7. osiris33 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    The Saints are a finesse team that can’t handle the physical play in the NFC West. The Seahawks will trample their way to the Lombardi the way Godzilla rearranges the Tokyo skyline.

  8. schmitty2 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    Granted the Rams have played some horrible games this year and have gotten blown out on more than 1 occasion but how about an article that..you know… actually gives them credit for playing a great game as opposed to it being about the Saints playing a bad one?

  9. gg206 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:23 AM

    When the Saints beat the Bucs in week 2 16-14 they should’ve lost that game also.. And likely should’ve beaten the Pats 3 weeks later so it kinda evens out in the end .., they play to their competition at times and other times they play at the fate of Brees, when he’s on he’s great, if he has one of those clunkers then he and that team looks mortal.

  10. tvjules says: Dec 16, 2013 10:24 AM

    When Jimmy Graham isn’t a key target, the Saints struggle.

  11. jonny42671 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:34 AM

    It’s simple. In the Superdome, the Saints have a few extra guys in pinstripes on their team. Just go back and watch 09 title game . Biggest fraud in sports in history.

  12. doubleogator says: Dec 16, 2013 10:37 AM

    tvjules you’re right on. I love Colston, but he and Lance Moore have lost a step, and Robert Meachem was cut by the Chargers. The WR group is not as strong as a few years ago. Notice how often Brees has time and can’t find anyone open…

  13. flexx91 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:37 AM

    osiris33 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    The Saints are a finesse team that can’t handle the physical play in the NFC West. The Seahawks will trample their way to the Lombardi the way Godzilla rearranges the Tokyo skyline
    _________________________________

    I agree and this is coming from a diehard, season ticket-holding Saints fan. They cannot consistently play a video game, Tecmo Bowl type of offense against physical teams who can bring pressure with only four linemen and expect to score 30+ points. It’s also mind-boggling how they physical they played the Panthers receivers last week on defense and then play “soft” against the Rams this week.

  14. tmac4454 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:40 AM

    The Panthers at home, Saints need a good running game. Saints need to focus on Guin on punt returns. The Panthers want home field advantage also. So that front line better protect Brees and his Wide outs needs to be physical against the Panthers.

  15. writer125 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:41 AM

    This loss is not the end of the world. They can still play for the Division and the #2 seed in the playoffs. Got to still have faith.

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    DATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

  16. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 16, 2013 10:42 AM

    I am sure glad I did not go to that road game. Watching it on TV was bad enough.

    Payton’s post game presser was the most terse and somber I have ever seen him in. He said he would review the video first to make sure, but he was going to bench some starters and others and really review some things. I hope he does as he says.

    One thing Sean Payton should look at is to give the play calling duties to someone else with his philosophy but with new ideas, more innovative, and not so predictable.

  17. golfnutt67 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:48 AM

    jonny42671 says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:34 AM
    It’s simple. In the Superdome, the Saints have a few extra guys in pinstripes on their team. Just go back and watch 09 title game . Biggest fraud in sports in history.

    Yep…See the Ahmad Brooks call for further evidence.

  18. flexx91 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:49 AM

    tvjules says: Dec 16, 2013 10:24 AM

    When Jimmy Graham isn’t a key target, the Saints struggle.
    __________________________________

    More so when teams can pressure Brees with their front four which is an indication of a poor offensive line and an ineffective running game which is a combination of a poor OL and a bad scheme. They were still able to score 27 points against the Patriots on the road with Graham basically taken out of the game.

  19. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 16, 2013 10:59 AM

    Remember before the Seattle game when the Saints fans were talking all that junk? How dominant they were? So funny looking back on it now.

  20. mattryansnoodlearm says: Dec 16, 2013 11:00 AM

    Look at the bright side…at least we aren’t the Falcons hahaha…We still control our destiny. Win out and we get the two seed. Who Dat!!

  21. mf1849 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:22 AM

    seahawksbmx says: Dec 16, 2013 10:14 AM

    the pftpoet comments on every story hoping for attention. what he should really be hoping for is to someday move out of his parent’s basement.
    ——–
    You’d think he was a teenager, right? In the recent post about Ted Hendricks’ passing, poet said he went to high school with TH83, meaning he’s in his late 50′s. Just sad.
    __________________________________
    Which also makes the fact he probably still lives in his parent’s basement all the more depressing. Must be the PED’s.

  22. thundastormz says: Dec 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    They play with 15 players when they play at the Stuperdome. 11 in black and gold and 4 in black and white stripes. Without a lol home cookin from the officials the Saints are an average team at best.

  23. mdd913 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:48 AM

    Second best road record in the league since 2009. Even 3-4 this year is the 7th best road record in the league. How about measuring the Saints in context to the rest of the league instead of pulling out lazy narratives.

  24. cursedvikings1998 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    The Saints must take the following steps immediately:

    1. Fire Garrett Hartley. Gone.
    2. Start running a no-huddle offense at the beginning of the next game. Fast paced. Wear out their defense.
    3. Toughen up Jimmy Graham. He looks big and tough but he’s S-O-F-T.
    4. Have Brees run the ball a little to keep the defense on its heels. Just bite the bullet and do it!

  25. threedeep1998 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:27 PM

    Even the wins NO has had on the road haven’t been pretty. They squeaked by Chicago and Atlanta. Not every week can be a corn-ball Al Michaels love fest blabbering about how Brees saved New Orleans from a natural disaster. It’s nauseating as heck, and it’s a joy to see these guys out of the spotlight.

    We also all know that the Ahmad Brooks hit was clean as they come. Brees is the kind of guy who compliments this soft league. Rob Ryan might look good compared to the absolute nightmare defense they had last year. I could coach that defense better than Spags. Ryan is overrated as they come. Is there a contract stipulation that you must pan the camera on him whenever something good or bad happens defensively?

  26. crisper57 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:15 PM

    Payton is clearly a genius. I mean, how can his team not win when he has such an perfect gameplan?

    Step 1: Travel West
    Step 2: ?
    Step 3: Win

  27. teal379 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:52 PM

    Calm down Saints fan. It’s not like you’ve ever lost on the road to a team that made the playoffs with a losing records….

    Wait………..

  28. scottnbo says: Dec 16, 2013 3:41 PM

    This team may make the playoffs, but unless they play a dome team there they have zero chance of winning. If they play Detroit they have a better than 50/50, however.

  29. jdhein22 says: Dec 16, 2013 5:59 PM

    I think the lack of access to the wiretapped coaches’ booths of the other teams has a lot to do with the Saints road woes.

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