Sunday, November 3, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: New Orleans Saints
By Mike Triplett
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observed in the locker room after the New Orleans Saints' 26-20 loss to the New York Jets:
Saw it coming: The Saints' defense was obviously frustrated after letting the Jets run for 198 yards. They said New York did exactly what they expected -- but the Saints just didn’t execute. They let Chris Ivory break off runs of 52, 30 and 27 yards.
"We didn’t really make the rookie quarterback (Geno Smith) do anything, just hand the ball off," linebacker Curtis Lofton said.
Ryan’s quick exit: This was obviously a grueling loss for Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who is now 0-5 in NFL matchups against brother Rex. After the game, they met for a brief hug, but it lasted only a few seconds before Rob walked on. Rob wasn’t available for comment after the game, but players said he didn’t react any different than their previous loss.
"You saw his face during that last loss?" safety Malcolm Jenkins said, referencing Ryan’s anguished grimace that was caught on camera at New England.
Trick play no treat: The Saints didn’t beat themselves up too much for their failed trick play on fourth-and-1 midway through the fourth quarter. They attempted an end-around with tight end Josh Hill that lost eight yards. They installed the play this week because they thought it would catch the Jets off guard. But they credited New York’s defense for staying home.
The Saints' offense was more upset about the repeated penalties that kept backing them up -- a problem for the second straight week.