Out of our five losses this season, this one was the hardest to stomach. This is the third nationally televised game for us in the past four weeks and I while I think the rest of the country can cringe about how absolutely stupid we're acting on the field... it's within the POD community where it really stings. The Saints are, in my opinion, one of the three best teams in the league. We were in this game pretty much the whole way. We got down by 17 early (what else is new) but made some nice adjustments in the third and were in position to tie this game. BUT same ol' story... we shot ourselves in the foot... over and over and over and over again. The Packer game was a nightmare but this was a million times worse because we didn't learn anything from it. I have never seen , at any level, THREE offensive pass interference calls on the same player. That is insane. The Logan penalty was just plain stupid. The Pettigrew penalty was unreal as we're trying to get back in this game... but it paled in comparison to the Titus penalty which cost us a potential TD. (not to mention his five yarder early in the first) I mean he might as well have stomped on hios arm as well. Did Titus not see the game last week? Even the Kevin smith penalty was ridiculous as it negated another first down. I really thought we were gonna get blown out in this game without Suh, Houston, and Delmas... and we did in the first half... but we battled back and were right there. Mental meltdowns cost us another one and I guess my question is what can be done? How should the coaching staff deal with this? It's to the point where these penalties, mental lapses, and absolutely mind boggling displays of stupidity and lack of discipline are costing us a legitimate shot at the playoffs. As badly as I want to make the playoffs... we don't deserve to be there. Stafford had a real nice game and looked real crisp without the glove, but you could just tell how frustrated he was during the post game press conference.
all teams make a dumb mistake here or there throughout the game. Sometimes they get 'em back and sometimes they don't. But we're pullin' down like... five or six idiotic penalties a game... multiple personal foul calls...With every loss this season (minus the Bears) I blame a lack of discipline and stupid penalties for our loss. If we don't make the playoffs... we have "lack of discipline" to blame.
Are we ready to be considered a playoff team???
Thanks guys... let's hope we can finish this year like we did last year!!!