Quick Hits: Saints .500 is better than a losing season
The simple math says the Saints are out of the playoff picture. At 7 and 8 the Saints are playing for an entirely different goal in the final regular season game of the year Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
"You have a choice here, you can be 7 and 9 which is a losing record or you can be 8 and 8 which is .500," said Coach Joe Vitt. "There is not anyone in our building that will never be happy with 8 and 8, but the other option is to be 7 and 9 and that's a losing record."
The Saints haven't had a losing record since the 2007 season. New Orleans finished that year 7 and 9 in Sean Payton's second season at the helm.
The Panthers beat the Saints back in week 2 by a score of 35-27 in Charlotte. The Saints were growing into a new defensive scheme facing what they called an unconventional offense.
"You're going to get the pistol, you're going to get the zone read, and the option," Vitt said. The offense is orchestrated by Cam Newton. He got off to a slow start, but has caught fire in recent weeks leading the Panthers to a three game winning streak and a 6 and 9 record.
New Orleans is trying to avoid getting swept by the Panthers this season. Carolina took the first match up, and the Saints say regardless of records, the motivation is to get to a respectable 8 and 8 record and a 4 and 2 record in the NFC south. Coach Joe Vitt called this team one of his all time favorites because of the adversity they've battled this season, and if they can get to even for the season... I think It's fair to say it's pretty commendable after starting 0 and 4.
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