By Josh Barrett
Saying goodbye, going away
Seems like goodbye’s such a hard thing to say
Touching a hand, wondering why
It’s time for saying goodbye.
That’s the first stanza from Saying Goodbye, the song from cinematic classic The Muppets Take Manhattan that brought you to tears many years ago. That song is 31 years old (RIP Jim Henson), and much like the reboot of The Muppets on ABC, the New Orleans Saints lack the requisite heart to win. At 0-3, the Saints shot at the playoffs are all but dead.
Kermit has sold his soul to the network, and Drew Brees is on the sidelines. The world is back asswards.
Former Louisiana Tech Bulldog, Luke McCown, performed adequately in a spot start for Drew Brees, going 31-38 for 310 yards, but a late game-sealing interception by Carolina’s Josh Norman put a damper on an otherwise impressive performance.
McCown was at his most efficient when he was able to show-off his accuracy, dumping off short passes, and connecting with Brandin Cooks for a team high 79 yards on seven receptions.
Aside from the late interception, McCown’s other costly blunder came as a holder, botching the extra point snap following Marcus Murphy’s 74-yard punt return touchdown. The botched hold by Luke McCown kept the game at 16-10.
Former LSU Tiger, Trai Turner, teamed up with Ryan Kalil to provide Cam Newton with all of the time in the world to wait on his D-list WR depth chart to find the open field. Ted Ginn Jr. was able to fly past two-time Super Bowl champion, Brandon Browner, all day for 93 yards on four receptions. On a side note, it’s weird that Ginn actually outlasted Brady Quinn in the NFL.
Carolina tight end Greg Olsen was the Panthers most fantasy relevant pass catcher of the day, scoring two touchdowns and tallying 134 yards on eight receptions.
Norman’s interception of McCown in the end zone effectively ended the game, but the Saints later had a shooter’s chance with ten seconds left. McCown connected with Cooks for a nine-yard reception, then, with six seconds remaining, McCown connected with Mark Ingram for a meaningless shuffle pass that netted the Saints a meaningless first down.
The Saints face the Dallas Cowboys next week at home in the prime time slot of Sunday Night Football on NBC. The NFL schedulers planned a Brees v. Tony Romo match-up, but it looks like they’re going to get a McCown v. Brandon Weeden match-up. Both quarterback proved equally efficient and boring this week in their respective losses.
- Sean Payton looks like a wind burnt climber who is disappointed with the view from the top of the mountain he has just climbed.
- Khiry Robinson deserves to usurp CJ Spiller on the depth chart.
- The Saints need Keenan Lewis to return so that Browner can concentrate on press-man coverage, and Devin Breaux can lock down the slot receiver.
- Zach Streif is terrible.
- Austin Johnson is not athletic enough to play full back.
- Willie Snead, who is also the emergency quarterback, has proven to be a reliable option, and the prime recipient of the Jimmy Graham departure. Seriously, who is this guy? Ball State? That can’t be a real school.