The offense scored 31 points against Dallas!
And so what? Why in the hell do you think over the years Payton has kept his foot on the gas & had the team put 40-50 points on the board? In this NFL, the rules are skewed to allow such comebacks & high scoring games. NEWSFLASH.... The Saints aren't the only team to allow such a comeback especially with inexperience at safety & corner(Patrick & Mack).
That's when the defense has to step up and make a stop.
If you weren't so close minded you would see that the defense did do just this in several games. I listed them in one of post above but you just chose to ignore them.
For fricks sake, why don't you just blame Drew Brees, or Tom Benson, or the referees or the fan who wore the wrong jersey to the game.
Where have I blamed this season on Drew?. IMO, Drew had his best season as a Saint because of the circumstances surrounding this season.
My biggest gripe is with Pete Carmicheal. He's been coaching under Payton since Payton arrived in '06. Sean laid the blueprint for his offense yet Carmicheal failed to follow that blueprint.
It took Carmichael 8 weeks for him to realize the offense needed the balance of the run game to be successful. It also took 8 weeks for him to utilize a "jumbo" or "heavy" package. It would have taken Payton all of 3 plays into the season to show this formation.
Pete's lack designing plays imploring backs & TE's to chip before releasing on their routes cost the offense dearly. Two plays stuck in my head all season long with this.
Against KC on their own 2, Carmichael called for a bunch 4 receiver set to one side, one receiver to the other side with no backs in the backfield. I cannot figure out why any OC would call that backed up on their own 2 yard line but Carmicheal did. The result of the play ended being a safety because both Strief & Bushrod got blown by. There should have been safety valves on that play for just in case purposes.
The other play was late in the game at Atlanta. On a crucial 3rd down, Carmicheal goes empty backfield & 5 receivers. Strief is coming off of sports hernia & gets no help with Jon Abraham. Abraham explodes by Strief for sack & drive thay reaches midfield stalls.
Play design & play calling is what killed the offense in crucial situations. I've already mentioned the problems there were with protections & lack of commitment to run but some of the route combinations this season were pathetic. Carmicheal did not attack the seams with Graham & Colston nor he did call for enough verticals to clear out more space for the underneath receivers. This is why everything seemed cluttered & the throwing lanes were much tighter this season for Brees.
I'm backing Spags because his scheme, if the team can get or develop an elite pass rusher, is a better compliment to a PAYTON run offense & not a CARMICHEAL run offense.