The Saints Have Become So Sickening Predictable That You Almost Don't Even Need To Watch Them Anymore
I am going to be honest. Yesterday, for the first time in years, I missed a Saints game. As it was the last day of the Thanksgiving break, and thus the last family day until Christmas, I couldn't bring myself to sit in a random bar by myself wallowing in my sorrows. And that's kind of the whole point. I felt comfortable not watching the game, because I was 99% sure I knew how it would turn out before it even started. When the live updates showed Brian Hoyer, another sub par quarterback, carving up the Saints defense, I wasn't surprised. In fact, I wasn't even score checking out of curiosity, I was score checking as to reassure my doubts about this team. Brian Hoyer going ass-to-mouth on the Saints defense? Predictable. The offense struggling to make plays and protect Drew Brees? Predictable. Sporting a 4:1 pass to run ratio despite Mark Ingram appearing to be highly effective on his limited carries? Predictable. Predictable, predictable, predictable, the whole fucking team isn't just a disaster, but it's a disaster that can be seen from afar. I refuse to waste my time rubbernecking when there's better things to do like not getting emotionally involved in a 53 player pileup. Will I tune in next week? Undoubtedly. After all, it is basically the Saints one chance throughout the rest of this season to do something of note against the undefeated Panthers. However, I can almost promise that I will hate myself for it after.
After beating the Falcons, Colts, and Giants, this team hasn't even looked moderately respectable against the Titans, Redskins, and, I am assuming from the result, the Texans. Scapegoating the defensive coordinator, that surely deserved to be scapegoated, didn't change anything, and I am not sure there is anything else that will until massive change takes place over the offseason. I don't know Sean Payton's future, but if this run continues it just might seal his fate. You simply can't be this incompetent of a football team with a Hall Of Fame quarterback. I know the New Orleans Saints lack talent, but unlike earlier in the season they now look like they lack heart, desire, and effort. Unfortunately, that's much more alarming than their 4-7 record. A 4-7 record that feels a whole hell of a lot more like 1-10. The most enjoyable weeks of this season were the bye week, and this week when I didn't watch a single snap. That's not a good sign for anyone's job security.