Ed Daniels ED-itorial

The Saints are bad

The Saints are bad. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the last four games unfold.

The Saints have two traits of bad teams: they cannot run the football with any consistency and they cannot rush the passer.

That means the Saints have to play well, and have some luck, to win games.

They had more than their share against the Green Bay Packers, including Darren Sproles' fumble on a kickoff return, recovered by Green Bay's Dezman Moses. It was ruled that Sproles was down by contact. But the Packers were out of challenges, and were stuck.

The Saints lack toughness. On first and goal at the one, New Orleans attempted three consecutive passes.

Saints fans cling to the belief that if Sean Payton were coaching the team the first four games would have been radically different. I simply do not agree. The Saints problems are much bigger than just missing their head coach.

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