I was deeply disappointed by all that have been mentioned, especially the 2005 Dallas game, it ruined Christmas. But when our guys are playing the best they can with their hearts on the line, I can’t complain. There was one game where I was truly angry at our defense & I don’t get angry very often. 2007, Colts in town. Testaverde had given us a chance before he came out. 3rd qtr, Colts ball on the 1 yard line. The world knew Manning would give it to Addai to run it in for the td. The stadium was ¾ empty, only a handful of fans in my section. 11 rows up from the field, then halfway from the sideline to the action, I could see it all. I’m yelling, “Fight! Don’t go backwards! Fight! Fight!” over & over. Everyone knew the Colts would score; but damn, it shouldn’t be easy. Manning snaps the ball, gives it to Addia. Our entire d-line proceeds to, as one, take 2 steps backwards & Addai scores standing up. Standing up! I was livid! So I shouted, “How does it feel to know that you just played the worst football ever?” Chris Harris (not in on the play) was on the sideline right in front of me & he heard what I had shouted. I know because of the shocked look on his face as he turned to look at me. I was so angry that if I had been John Fox, that d-line would’ve been benched for the rest of the game. Also, I’m still pissed at Kerry Collins. Very pissed.
I cut the cord earlier this year and you just do not know how blue I was feeling that this would be the 1st yearbook telecast I'd be missing. Thank you so much! I can cast youtube to the tv! Now I'm feeling blue, black & silver!! lol
I'll give you the one reason for the Saints' decline: Luke Kuechly. Before last year, Payton & Brees would play a chess game of staying even while prodding for soft parts in the defense, then pulling out a trick play or reliable but overlooked players like Colston or Ingram and take over the game. Think about it. How many times in the 3rd/4th quarter have those guys stepped up leading to a Saints win? Colston is was a Panther killer. He remains a legitimate threat. No longer. Kuechly knows their tendencies & schemes. People think we don't make in-game adjustments. We do. Kuechly does, all game long, & makes sure the other 10 guys are ready too. Payton & Brees now are as easy to read as a book with large type. And the NFL is a copy cat league. Smart DC's will be able to do the same things, depending of course on their talent levels. I predict we sweep the Saints. Tampa & Atlanta worry me more simply because the learning curve for Kuechly & our defense will be steeper with the changes those teams are going through. Fundamental basics will be key. We may split the wins with these teams.