THIS. This is unacceptable.
I get the concept of defenses and offensive possession. I'm just wondering why you are so willing to turn a blind eye to how bad the defense is?
First of all, what we saw this year was a snowball effect of poor defensive draft picks over the years, a change from a simple to complex defensive scheme & a coaching staff that was stretched thin because of punishments from the bountygate BS.
I can't see how you or anyone else can view this past season in a normal light following the unprecedented events this season was played under. Everyone that views this past season as a "normal" season needs to recognize that this season was far from normal. Even the months during the draft, OTA's, mini camp, training camp & preseason weren't normal. It's foolish to realistically try to judge this season because of this being the first ever season a team played under these types of sanctions. There is no precedent to form an honest comparison to.
It was obvious early in the season that the team as a whole had issues. It was even more obvious that there was a serious lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball as well a lack of cerebral type players. Throughout the season, it was a given that every game there would be some player out of position because they didn't know their assignment in whatever defensive set that was called in the huddle. Again, that goes to the type of defensive players that has been drafted the last several years. I don't see how many expect Spags to make chicken salad out of chicken shite. Until there is an upgrade of talent on defense,the results will be the same no matter who the coordinator is.
The NYJ, San Diego and Arizona were all last in offense this year, yet their defenses were ranked 8, 9 and 12 respectively.
You just listed teams with FAR more defensive talent then the Saints currently have on that side of the ball. Those teams are built to hold up better defensively personnel wise hence the better defensive rankings.
If you are simply defending the mindboggling numbers, that's one thing.
That's all I have been doing. Where in this thread have I said the defense was good? I said that at times they have played outstanding redzone defense & they put up some quality interception numbers this season.
But we had basically the same players last year and we weren't this bad.
The defense in '11 was bad but they played with an offense that controlled the tempo & pace of games. Even with all the big yardage numbers this season, the offense never controlled pace or tempo. Subpar defense aside, the team still went 13-3 & won a home playoff game. The difference this season is that the offense didn't have Payton as play caller to offset the defencies on defense.
All the season did for me was open my eyes to how great of a coach & offensive mind Payton is. I already knew but his absence really drove the point home with me.
Why can't the defense get off the field?
I posted some of the key defensive stops about 2 pages ago in this thread. I'm not going to repost the same things over & over again.
It sounds like you are living in a fantasy world of wanting a high scoring, explosive offense & hard hitting, game changing defense. Well I'm sorry to break the news to you but in this salary cap area its almost impossible for that to be done. Teams are either going built heavily either way. The Saints are an offensively built team. This team can win with an average defense & had done so 3 straight seasons up until this one. Under a Payton coached offense, the recipe for success by the defense is key stops at crucial moments in the game sprinkled in with a few turnovers. We got that several times this year only for the offense not to come through & the team loses a one score game. I'm fully confident that with a Payton led team, this squad reaches double digit wins as long as the defense gets a few stops & creates a few turnovers.