You're probably saying to yourself "why the hell should the inability of the Rams left tackle to apparently do anything right make me feel better about the Saints season?". I can assure you the answer to that has very little to do with the fact that they could easily be taking advantage of that glorified turnstile come Sunday. You see, it's not the person that currently resides at #1 in penalties over the last two years that should help you realize that this year's 4-6 is not like last year's 4-6, it's the person sitting idly at #2...
I guess what I am trying to say, in the most simplistic of ways, is that things aren't "Brandon Browner bad". That might seem like a moral victory and I can assure you that is absolutely is, but this Saints team - despite sporting an all-too-familiar win-to-loss ratio - is not the same as we've seen in recent years. I don't want to say they are better than their record says they are because I wouldn't want the mere implication to make Bill Parcells' turkey neck tremble in defiance during Thanksgiving week. However, if the 2016 Saints are truly representative of a 4-6 team then the 2015 Saints were more representative of a 1-9 team at this point, and I genuinely believe that's only a mild overstatement.
The defense is mediocre - which is too say that it's vastly improved - and even while making a myriad of unforgivable mistakes they has hung tough with basically every "good" team in the league that's not coached by Bill Belichick. The special teams play has been comical at best and handicapped at worst, but that issue pales in comparison to watching Brandon Browner frantically clutch jerseys and desperately grasp at ankles while opponents lightly jogged by him with ease. This team - as disappointing as they have been at times - looks to be headed in the right direction. It would take a miracle to make the playoffs given their undeniable inconsistencies, but their performance throughout what is unquestionably the first light part of their schedule should say a lot about them going forward. Let's hope it's only good things, because any steps back would really put a dent in the relative progress they have made thus far.
Personally? I remain optimistic. I mean, how could I not be with some nameless man walking in off the street 10 games in to fix the kicking woes that have been directly responsible for half the team's losses?