"They just don't have the personnel. They are more than a few players short."
I don't think that's accurate. They may be a few playmakers short, but they have the personnel.
I was discouraged by the run defense against Tate. But, most of his yards came out 2 or 3 runs.
44-B.Tate right guard to NO 46 for 2 yards
44-B.Tate up the middle to HOU 32 for 1 yard (then a fumble, HOU recover)
44-B.Tate left end to NO 28 for 39 yards
44-B.Tate up the middle to NO 2 for 8 yards
44-B.Tate up the middle to NO 1 for 1 yard
44-B.Tate left guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
44-B.Tate left guard to HOU 26 for 5 yards
44-B.Tate right guard to NO 22 for 11 yards
44-B.Tate left tackle to NO 21 for 1 yard
44-B.Tate up the middle to HOU 29 for 3 yards
44-B.Tate up the middle to NO 37 for 1 yard
If they can contain the RB from having a big play or two, then this is a different stat line. Outside of 3 of these runs, you'd think you were looking at Mark Ingram's plays.
Now, Keenan Lewis vs Andre Johnson. I really hope this was a fluke. I understand Johnson is great, but Lewis made multiple bad decisions. He needs to clean that up.
If they can get constant pressure on the QB, and limit big plays, I don't see a big problem with the D so far. I'm optimistic, maybe.