I don't think this article is particularly well-written
You are way too kind:
"...it will be the worse regular season loss in team history."
"it takes something epically awful..."
"There were of extenuating circumstances..."
"Quarterback Aaron Brooks had a wrecked right shoulder, yet the Saints for whatever reason refused to start backup Jake Delhomme..."
"Considering what’s at stake and the opponent losses don’t get any worse."
I am absolutely convinced that Mr. Malbrough must have an uncle who is a very influential donor to WWL's parent company. Either that, or he has some incredibly unflattering photos of Jim Henderson.