Ladies and gentleman, your 2015 New Orleans Saints! If you missed the game last night then I hope you scheduled the DVR, because that was a perfect representation of this years New Orleans Saints. Letting fat face Matt Stafford march down the field and throw three touchdown passes in the fist half while they failed to do anything of significance offensively? Finally getting within striking distance as the clock ticked down, somehow managing to score three touchdowns in five minutes, and having none of them actually count? Those are the Saints you saw the fist quarter of the season. Battling back to turn a 28-3 embarrassment into a one score game? Looking unstoppable offensively and relatively decent defensively? Those are the Saints that you saw turn a 1-4 record into a 4-4 record in what seemed like the blink of an eye. Giving up a 40 yard run to a below average running back when the Detroit Lions had no intention of passing and were just trying to run the clock out? That's the Saints team you saw let any chance of respectability fly directly out the window during a 4 game losing streak to some of the most dreadful teams in the league.
Most fans just ask for their team to be strong in all three phases of the game, and I am over here just "happy" I got to see all three of this team's personalities in one night. It felt kind of like being a psychologist that has to observe a schizophrenic's daily activities, if that schizophrenic was actually an entire fucking football team and it's underwhelming coaching staff. This whole damn franchise has basically been a bi-polar person that no amount of medication could fix, but the only people forced to deal with their depressing behavior is it's fans.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't expect much better last night. The Saints holding the Bucs under 20 points last week was an anomaly and nothing more. So it wasn't at all surprising to see the historically bad defense Saints fans have come to know and hate this season reappear. It wasn't surprising to see Drew Brees attempt to almost singlehandedly will his team to victory despite getting banged up in the first half. It wasn't surprising for this team to have a laughable (it helps me not cry) breakdown when the game was on the line. That's what this team does. I don't care if it's because of a lack of talent, or a lack of execution, or a lack of competent coaching. All this team does is disappoint, and that's why I found myself more and more apathetic as the game progressed. It's just hard to get excited for a team that, at times, looks so unexcited to be there. So much so that sometimes you can't even tell they are there...