The Saints are 9-3 and they are still in a prime position to win the division and move into the playoffs, however, last night’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks was a reality check!
The Saints did nothing to silence the critics who say they are not a good team on the road in cold weather. The Saints were soundly out-coached and out-played at every level of offense and defense. The coaches and players seemed confused and out-of-sync from the first play. I think I heard one of the announcers say, “And at the end of the Star Spangled Banner – it’s Seahawks 17 - Saintsnothing!”
The Saints full blitzes reminded me of the defense last year. They rushed Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson, but did not sack him or pressure him enough to throw him off his game and there were not enough players to cover the receivers. The defense was torched. Russell Wilson is an amazing talent with confidence and a sense for the game beyond his years. We can only hope Rob Ryan has a better plan to contain Cam Newton when the Saints play the Panthers Sunday.
Last night, Seahawks fans set a new world record for being the loudest crowd in a stadium when the meter hit 137.6 decibels! Noise was certainly a factor, but not an excuse for the loss. The Saints wore specially-molded noise reduction earplugs. It might seem insignificant, but wouldn’t a foreign object in your ear affect your performance? When anything distracts us from our comfort zones in life, we struggle to perform at the highest level. I can’t help but wonder if the special earpieces added to all of the other factors that led to the Saints never getting into a winning rhythm.
If the Saints couldn’t do anything right – the Seahawks couldn’t do anything wrong. There were numerous examples of how the Seahawks could enforce their will against the Saints, but one example that comes to mind was late in the 4th quarter – the Seahawks were leading 34 -17 and it was 4th and one. The Seahawks went for it and passed for a first down completion. Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has a young, brazen team - and an attitude to match.
To add to the frustration of the loss, the Saints were stuck in Seattle overnight due to mechanical problems with the team’s charter plane. So, now a short week gets even shorter and the last minute challenge of finding a hotel for the team had to be a nightmare for team officials. If you have ever been stuck in a city for an unexpected overnight stay, you can relate to how difficult it was for the Saints to lose to the Seahawks the way they did and then be stuck in Seattle.
If the Saints recover from this loss and beat the Panthers Sunday night at home in the dome, the criticism that the
Saints are an indoor team will continue, but let’s remember the Saints are still in a position to prove those critics wrong. It’s possible that the Saints will meet the Seahawks again in the playoffs in Seattle, which would present another opportunity to prove the critics wrong.
There is no reason to overreact or panic over the tough loss to the Seahawks and every reason to believe the Saints will bounce back and redeem themselves against the Panthers Sunday night. Yes, this is a short week that is now shorter because of mechanical problems with the team plane, but let’s not start making excuses. If today would have been a day for team meetings to start planning for the Panthers, then the long flight home could become the meeting room. The team could divide into offense, defense and special teams on the plane and coaches could hold meetings with the players. I realize that is not an ideal situation, but sometimes life throws us curves and our only option is to adjust and not look for excuses for failure.
You know I like to use football as a metaphor for life. I can think of countless times in my career when unexpected things forced me to overcome obstacles that might cause some to lose their resolve to “get the job done” no matter what the circumstances, and I’m sure you can think of times when you faced challenges that gave you a chance to prove who you are.
It is easier to excel when everything is going right. Real champions rise out of the challenges and obstacles that define character. The Saints have a chance to show their character by putting the loss behind them and dealing with the logistical nightmare of being stuck in Seattle overnight. And Saints fans should put this loss behind them and focus on Sunday night’s nationally televised game against the Panthers. If the Saints had beaten the Seahawks last night, fans might be more encouraged to have the attitude that we will break the crowd noise record set in Seattle last night, but there is no reason why we shouldn’t promote the idea that we can try to break the crowd noise record this Sunday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome!
Last night’s game may have just set the stage of a bigger drama to unfold. The Saints come home to beat the Carolina Panthers ending their 8-game winning streak. And the Saints may have the opportunity to play Seattle again when the stakes are even higher. The loss to the Seahawks was a disappointing chapter in a book that is far from the final chapter being written on the 2013-14 season.
Expert Testifies to Congress that Obama’s ‘Ignoring Laws’ Could Lead to Overthrow of Governmen
“That is certainly something that no one wants to contemplate,” he continued. “If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws then they will conclude that neither are they.”
“That is a very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do, to wantonly ignore the laws,” Cannon concluded, “to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve.”
Saints will have a nice season, but they are not going to the Super Bowl.
Get over it.
Obama is not God.
Chris Matthews and the rest of you lap dog clowns need to GET OVER IT. LOL.
Obama voters … STUPID on steroids.
An Obama voter sees a commercial on television featuring a law firm saying, “if you are killed in a car accident, call us and we will fight for you.” … The Obama voter thinks to himself, “I will do that if I get killed in a car wreck.” … Obama voters … STUPID on steroids.
Will we have to put up with 8 years of your leg-lifting nonsense under President Hillary Clinton?
Well, Obama was out lying his nasty áss off again today ...
ONLY LOSERs believe anything this piece of SH!T says.
Troll every blog on this site with the same profane and grade school attacks against a twice elected president. Just think. You've changed no one's mind and made yourself look ignorant. Proud of yourself and your life?