Well, that's not what we were hoping for … was it? The rematch of the NFC Championship game was disappointing for many reasons, with only one result. There are a few stories that came out of this game and unfortunately more of them are disappointing than they promise.
In a rather non-dramatic way, Saints fourback Drew Brees left the game early in the first half with a thumb injury to his throwing hand. It was as routine a game as you will see, under pressure, but even if you don't get hit by contacting Aaron Donald's hand in the subsequent throw-in, and just like that, Brace spent the rest of the game in the sideline, this is a scenario from which every Saints fan has feared for 1
With Bray on the sideline, the Saints called on Teddy Bridgewater to operate the breach all afternoon. Teddy finished the game 17/30 for 165 yards, an effective but leading first game without TD in 2015. The discussion throughout the week to Teddy will be negative. It'll bother me all week.
For 13 years, we were blown away by the reality of having a QB Hall of Fame called Drew Brace. This crime is built around him, his comforts and his skills. Then Teddy's expectation of going in, with minimal, if any, repetition of the offense during the week, into a game plan built around another player should be presented at the same level. This is insanity The inevitable statement of "I believe in my eyes" will penetrate into the realm of sports talk. I urge all of you to be patient, and I believe that the people running this world-class organization have a vision that is yet to come to fruition.
This crime will and must change and become one that is appropriate for Teddy's skills. I have no doubt that these changes are being made as we speak. This does not mean that the whole crime is changing, it's to say that the game plan will be a game that Teddy loves, not Drew. That the formations will suit his strengths, that the staff around him will be designed to suit him. I just suggest that you all have the patience and let this team conform around Teddy Bridgewater.
In the end, Teddy's plate will be enough to prevent him from having to deal with a city full of doubters that flood him with negativity. I strongly believe that he will overcome all this. Unfortunately, Drew's injury is not the only affliction the Saints faced yesterday.
The Saints lost two receivers yesterday to Tre & # 39; quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood. Kirkwood didn't even step on the field. That left the Saints with two receivers at the end of the game, forcing Tismas Hill into the role. Again, not perfect for your defender. These injuries will cause the Saints to make some maneuvers around the roster, depending on the length of time everyone is expected to miss.
The Saints also lost their starting left guard in Andrus Peat to an ankle injury. Will Clapp fill in and settle in while the game wore on. I think Clap will handle him well and I've been high with him this offseason, but the bigger problem with Peat's injury is that he was our backup left tackle. This will again spark a discussion in the building on how to deal with this reality. Patrick Omame works mostly to the right, with the talented but inexperienced Ethan Greenwich behind him. It's just another question left after the game. However, the Saints should not be the only entity with question marks, though they are likely to be.
The NFL is a multi-billion dollar industry. Teams spend a huge amount of time and resources putting a profitable product on the field. Well, most teams. (Miami, what in the world are you doing?) To see the results of the pitch consistently influenced by obvious and obvious inconsistencies in the official negative real world-class efforts by players has become an epidemic in the National Football League. Obviously, as Saints fans, we know this all too well.
The Saints had another catastrophic failure to officially participate in the rematch of a game with catastrophic failure in it. In the second quarter, the Saints struck a clear blow from Jared Goff, who was recovered by Cam Jordan, who then raced for 85 yards for a touchdown. It was a massive change in the fortune for the teams that took Aries from the Saints' red zone to a draw, to 7 points in the other direction. Ten swing points.
25-year-old NFL official Walt Anderson blew the game dead, firmly signaling that the pass was incomplete. This was a blunder by an official, league claims qualify based on experience alone. The league is supposed to be doing wrong for years. Once again, the complete lack of judgment on the part of an NFL official reflected on a game played by players and trained by coaches who had spent ALL of the previous week preparing to make the game possible.
Unfortunately for everyone involved, Wal Anderson spent the week at home, probably spending a few minutes watching a movie the week before, giving him nothing but preconceived ideas for the calls he might have to make. No practice, no honing skills, no effort to be better in week 2 than it was in week one.
The head of the official, Al Riveron, has made statements in the past, highlighting the requirements required to become an NFL employee. In essence, you have to work at a college level for a while. Exactly eight years. This is the flaw in NFL logic. One of my favorite "footballs" is "attendance does not equal achievement." Appearing every day does not make you better at your job. The relentless pursuit of achievement makes it so. For the NFL, there is nothing more than showing up.
Following the debut of last season, the NFL responded by allowing a video preview of a passing disturbance. At that time I was critical and I remain so. I understand that something needs to be done to avoid this level of official failure in the future, and I appreciate that Sean Peyton seems to have been a leading force in change. Still, it's no surprise that NFL officials have proven that they struggle to adapt to this rule change, even in favor of countless high-definition cameras and the ability to stop and rewind. This has already been strongly considered and will continue to be so.
I don't blame the employees or the NFL for actually changing the rule. Something had to be done and that was the answer of the day. What bothers me is the complete disregard for solving the real problem. The Continuing NFL Regression Serves
The NFL has seen major changes in the rules over the last few years. Product of shouts to increase game safety. I agree and appreciate the effort to make the game safer, in an effort to protect the long-term viability of the sport. This is a necessary, valuable and significant effort that, while disappointing, is the right thing for both the game and its future viability. Yet, in making these changes, the league turned to officials to actually ensure game safety. This is an incredibly difficult accusation and has put a lot of criticism at the feet of NFL officials.
Every week a call is made or not made in the name of safety, which affects the outcome of the game. The rough call of passersby by Bradley Chub at the Denver, Chicago game this week had a huge effect on the outcome of the game. It's easily shown to be a wrong call, and yet it's just another quote after a game by Al Riveron saying just … big.
Often they hide behind the veil of "judgment" as they did in the case, which is a nice way of saying, "Yes, that was wrong, but we should not admit it in this case." The rule was that the player has been imposing his weight on the QB, easily one of the most difficult calls, and as a player, avoid it. This rule was introduced in professional football in 2018.
So for a league that has long claimed that a mere "attempt" is required to make calls to NFL players, eliminating that experience shows a flaw in their logic. How can you say the most important thing is the experience and then changing a few rules each season, expecting employees who have ZERO experience to make THIS call to make it right? The absurd level of hypocrisy is that the league refuses to deal with its problems. The reality is that there is a lot of technology and opportunity for the NFL to do more to help their crews change these realities.
A few years ago, my alma mater, Northwestern, built a new sports facility and it has a virtual reality studio. They got the idea from the Green Bay Packers. Teams from across the country have used technology to train teams. NFL officials do not have this resource. Why? Certainly no money.
Networks have used technology to introduce ref cameras to give field-level fans a glimpse. Does the NFL apply its employee training and development technology on a weekly basis? Riveron cites tests as part of weekly employee training. Paper tests? What is the proposal? Shouldn't every employee be the master of the NFL rule anymore? It is clear that they and Riveron are not based on their inability to apply the rules in the first week, although they have plenty of time to figure out the solution during the instant replay. Where is the NFL Employee Training Center? Well it doesn't exist. No need at the moment, since NFL employees are just part-time employees. It hides the inexplicable reality facing players and coaches throughout the NFL.
After a season which ended with a clear and obvious failure of the employment relationship, the league responded by terminating their regular refereeing program … referring to labor disputes with the Judge Association. To break this statement, the NFL decided to save money instead of dealing with the crisis it created.
It would be a huge investment to correct the problems created by the league. There should probably be training centers based in different locations across the country. Officials will probably have to uproot their families and move closer to these places to give them access to the training and resources they need to improve daily. I even believe that individual crews should be required to attend the same training centers, thus forcing them to work as a crew on a daily basis, building relationships with each other to better understand how each one works individually. Officials would also be compelled to travel to training camp teams for the duration of the camp in these cases. Forcing many crews away from home for the whole month that most training camps fill.
These will all be sacrifices for officials throughout the NFL. They will review movies from every day, forced to use the same job parameters that are expected to be called during real games. There are no preseason games filled with 35 penalties to make a point. Ideally, these crews would come with 10-15 general staff, each ranked with the rest, with only the best going through the process and on the ground.
These are huge lengths to create the best group of employees in the world. Do you sound familiar? This is exactly what the NFL expects from its coaches and its players. 100% complete dedication to the sport we all love. Would it cost money? Yeah. Is it worth it? YES.
The NFL fanbase is likely to revisit the Saints and fans and argue that you must move on. They are 100% straight. All players, coaches, fans need to move forward. This does not mean that everyone, player, coach, fan of any organization should accept the status quo simply because it is the status quo.
The Saints have been greatly affected by some of the failures of this system in recent weeks and months. This does not mean that it is a matter of saints. There is no conspiracy or desire to influence the results of the games. I will never hold that conviction. I think there is simply the inability of the officials.
I do not hold actual persons fully responsible for their inability. This is the result of a lack of desire to do what is right for the fans, players and coaches who make this league what it is. To say that nothing more can be done to help employees, is just a lie. It's an insult to the intelligence of anyone who has made the game as successful as it is today.
Over the last 3 seasons, we have seen tremendous changes in the way the game looks. Players are asked to make significant changes to the basics they have been taught throughout their lives. These changes have been compounded by huge financial consequences for players who cannot adapt quickly enough. Yet, amazingly, nothing has been done to solve the very real problem that officially became the NFL.
EVERY fan should be concerned about this reality. This is a problem that persists at the highest levels of NFL work. They created this mess and it is up to them to fix it. The ugliness should not be directed at Wal Anderson, but should be directed at a system that allowed such problems to occur without turning over every stone to avoid their occurrence in the first place.
This was supposed to be a review of Aries's game. The Saints fell 27-9. They were overrated. There was a huge service error that cost them not only the push, but the huge swing that would result.
I don't know how the game would have ended if this game had been called correctly. I think the Aries did enough to win the game. I think the Saints have to end this week to draw up this game plan around a quarterback they trust strongly. I believe they will.
The Saints' defense made the game a game, with this ultimately having a negative reaction to a team again disappointed with their luck. Now they have no choice but to come together, to use this affliction to bind their team. The Saints need to come together to win games in a new way without taking advantage of their record breaking QB. However, this is exactly why this list was created. Win without Drew Brace.
The Saints knew they had to prepare for seasons without Drew. They have accumulated a lot of talent around the call signal at this time. They paid huge money for the first time to a receiver to give Drew, and whoever came after him a huge weapon outside. They have a line full of high drafts and free agent acquisitions. They have one of the best running backs in football. They have the built-in protection to win games, not just stay in them. All these areas should be raised on this occasion.
Each season will have its own nuisance. Now the saints are at that moment. How they will react to it will determine their fate and how this team will be determined. They will need more fans than they ever had in the Sean Peyton era. I know you will all be up for it.