It was mere days ago that I said that DeSean Jackson giving Jay Gruden a titty twister was an assertion of dominance and a sign of complete disrespect. If my words were to ring true then I am not even sure how to describe what happened to the New Orleans Saints yesterday. I suppose it's only fair to say that not only did they get titty twistered, but they got wet willied, indian burned, and ball tapped all the way up and down the field for the better part of three hours. The whole nine, and the only reason they didn't get the 10th is because that would mean they picked up a first down, something they rarely did after the first two drives.
Basically the Saints got emasculated. Mostly by a below average Redskins offense, but once they learned that their defense wasn't ready to stop anyone, also by a below average Redskins defense. Through the entirety of Sean Payton's tumultuous, yet successful, tenure in New Orleans that was likely the worst performance we have ever seen from a team he coached. It's not just that they were completely outclassed by a bunch of 'C' students, it's that were submissive in doing so. Even in the most lopsided of defeats the Saints have always shown some sort of fight. Not this time. Many thought the Saints team that got shellacked by the Eagles was one of the past, but it turns out that very well may be who this team is closer to being. A team that can beat mediocre teams, but can get flat out embarrassed by some of the worst the league has to offer. By my estimation that makes them a bad team, and nothing more.
You can blame new faces. You can blame injuries. However, none of those things were being discussed when the Saints were winning. You can't tell me these players aren't capable of winning when they have won before. Two weeks ago Saints fans were talking about playoffs, and now even mentioning the word would send Jim Mora into a cardiac arrest. Bottomline, the Saints were out-coached, as well as outplayed, on both sides of the ball yesterday by a team whose calling card isn't exactly it's talent level either. That's two weeks in a row you can say they lost to a team that would likely trade rosters with them if given the opportunity. That's not just a personnel issue. It's not just a coaching issue. It's an organizational issue. Losing to Kirk Cousins by 33 points means that change, and not of the small variety, is imminent. With the bye week upon us it seems like nothing less than a certainty that Rob Ryan is fired. However, you can't help but wonder if yesterday's lack of effort could signal the need for something more...
Either way, you can say sayonara to this season...