New Orleans’ stunning 41-36 loss in Seattle was a team loss.
Sure, the offense put up a lot of points and yards. But they also settled for field goals on three trips inside the eight-yard line. A drop by Reggie Bush at the goal line here and a slip by tight end David Thomas there cost the team points.
A drop by Devery Henderson set up Marshawn Lynch’s amazing gallop and kicker Garrett Hartley had a terrible onside kick attempt.
With that all out of the way, the Saints defense clearly let them down the most. New Orleans got fine games out of cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer, but safeties Darren Sharper and especially Roman Harper were abused all night.
“He hit me with the ‘oh, crap!’ screen, you know where the guy’s on the ground and everything’s going the other way and all of a sudden he gets up off the ground and goes the other way,” Harper told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Little stuff like that we just have to be better about. I think I’ll be better because of this.”
Matt Hasselbeck out-witted Harper and Sharper all night. The team desperately missed free safety Malcolm Jenkins. His absence put Harper in coverage too much and Sharper and Patrick Robinson on the field too much.
“Our eyes were very bad in coverage,” Sharper said. “You can put it as blown coverage or you can put it as just not looking at the right things.”