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Scoot: Saints fans, you should be disappointed!

September 17, 2018 - 10:56 am

It is true that in life “a win is a win.”  But it is also true “ugly” lies in the eyes of the beholder!

The majority of the Saints fans I talked to leaving the Mercedes-Benz Superdome yesterday after the Saints struggled to beat the lowly Cleveland Browns 21-18 were happy with the win but eager to acknowledge what an ugly win it was.  One fan was so upset that when I asked him what he liked most about the game, he said, “Everything,” using profanity to emphasize his point.  That’s proof for the fact that one need not be realistic in order to consider oneself a fan!

We can give the Saints credit for literally finding a way to beat a team they should have dominated, but it can also be argued that the Saints didn’t actually win, just that the Browns lost. 

Browns’ placekicker Zane Gonzalez missed 2 extra points and 2 field goals, one of which could have tied the game and sent it into overtime.  I should offer a great joke I told about former Saints kicker Russell Erxleben (1979-1983) to radio hosts in Cleveland.  Yea, we know how they feel!

The Saints could never seem to get into a rhythm; and that started with QB Drew Brees, who missed a few wide open targets for sure touchdowns.  The Saints could not establish any kind of running game, and you had to sense there was a problem when in the 1st quarter the Saints had the ball 1st and goal on the 2-yard line and ended up with 3rd and 12.  An incomplete pass led to the Saints tying the game at 3-3 with a field goal.

Under their infamous defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the Browns’ defense stuffed the Saints running game and stripped and pulled the ball away from Saints players for two big turnovers in the first half.  The Saints defense did a decent job through most of the game; but late in the game with the Saints leading, Browns’ QB Tyrod Taylor found a receiver who had beaten the Saints defense for a touchdown and the lead. 

With an obvious sense of urgency, the Saints fought back as Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas made big plays at the right time and the Saints took the lead.  However, the Saints defense let the Browns back in the game and gave them a chance to tie the score to send the game into overtime, but that was one of the two field goals Gonzalez missed and the Saints went onto the win an ugly win. 

There were times when the crowd inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome booed the Saints, and some fans think that is totally unacceptable.  Is it unacceptable to boo your team when the team is playing pitiful football?  Hell no!

Booing your team during a pathetic performance is part of sports, and the players on the field knew that when they signed up.  There is a dishonesty about fans failing to show their true feelings about their team, and the idea that you support your team no matter what is a flawed concept.  When fans booed the Saints yesterday afternoon, the Saints deserved it.

It is also quite acceptable and well within your rights as a “true” fan to be disappointed even in a victory.  Mathematically, a win is a win; but how the win is accomplished can foretell the future of a team.  There was little to be proud of in the Saints 21-18 win at home over arguable the worst team in the NFL. 

If a child gets a D on a test and you know they should have gotten a B, you can say that the child didn’t fail.  But if you don’t express disappointment in the D how will the child understand how important it is too reach their greatest potential?

The Saints win yesterday was no different from being disappointed in a child that doesn’t meet his/her potential.  The biggest disappointment in these first two games of the new season is that the Saints are doing what they have traditionally done - they play to the level of their opponent.  Championship teams and great people always strive to be their best and not simply do what it takes to get by.

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