Sean Payton: “Let’s not fool ourselves”

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The conventional wisdom entering a truncated offseason was that teams with continuity would benefit most, since they already knew what to expect from coaches and players.

But the 1-2 Saints aren’t making the most of any such perceived advantage, having lost back-to-back games for the first time since their 0-2 start in 2017.

“It’s been a while since we felt that, but three years ago, we were 0-2. A little bit of a gut check, and yet we aren’t playing well enough. Let’s not fool ourselves,” Saints coach Sean Payton said, via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. “We’re making too many mistakes. We aren’t playing disciplined enough on both sides of the ball. That’s really just the truth.

“You’re frustrated as a coach because that starts with us. We have to do a better job. We have to get ready to play a better game against Detroit [on the road next week].”

Last night’s 37-30 loss to the Packers showed an improved offensive effort from Drew Brees (and specifically Alvin Kamara), but they came undone with late penalties and a fumble by Taysom Hill in the fourth quarter. But there’s still something disjointed about their offense in  the absence of injured wide receiver Michael Thomas.

“If you’re a veteran player in this league, you know you are not guaranteed anything year to year,” Brees said. “You come out and have to earn it. Based on the last two losses, we need to take a hard look here. What we’re doing, how we’re doing it, we need to be doing it better, bottom line.

“Listen, I love our team. I love the way we work, the way we prepare. But obviously, there are things that need to be corrected so we can get back on track.”

Because 1-2 was definitely not where they expected such an established and veteran team to be.

8 responses to “Sean Payton: “Let’s not fool ourselves”

  1. Brees played better and even found a rhythm for the first time this year. Than, you take out Brees for Hill to run the offense and he fumbles the ball. I have no problem watching Hill lineup as a TE or receiver. It puts pressure on the defense but that was the wrong time to take Brees out of the game.

  2. Good point. The Packers are little changed from last season and are clearly benefitting from the increased familiarity of the all-new system implemented last year. Somebody knew what they were doing, by bypassing the easy receiver pick in the first round.

  3. stellarperformance says:
    September 28, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Good point. The Packers are little changed from last season and are clearly benefitting from the increased familiarity of the all-new system implemented last year. Somebody knew what they were doing, by bypassing the easy receiver pick in the first round.
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    How’s picking a QB in round 1 going to help them stop the run? Their issue last season was not offense, but terrible run defense. 49’ers exposed them. I was hoping for some help in the first round and instead they picked a project QB who canot sniff Rodgers jock on his best day.

    They didn’t need a receiver they needed a stud LB, DL or Safety. Instead they go QB and FB/RB with the first 2 picks. They loaded up on their strengths instead of plugging holes.

    Oh well – when you got Rodgers – all bets are on the table and he covers up for a lot of team weaknesses and has for his career.

  4. Just change the offense and turn Brees into “Two Yard Drew”.
    Worked for the Pats for 20 years, so why not?

  5. As a Packer fan, I think some are over-reacting to the Saints early troubles. They are a very dangerous team. Last night’s game wasn’t over until that watermelon spun out of bounds. Drew Brees is still an upper-echelon QB – he’s seen it all and knows how to adjust.

    A few penalties and the ill-timed fumble by Taysom Hill hurt the Saints last night. Penalty issues are correctable, and fumbles happen. ZD Smith forced the fumble with a perfectly timed and placed punch of the ball. Maybe Brees doesn’t fumble there, maybe he does.

    Brees should borrow Rodgers tactic from a few years back and tell everyone to R-E-L-A-X.

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