NEW ORLEANS - One of the Saints' mantras, and one which actually applies to every sport at every level, is that if you're not getting better, you're getting worse.
Through three weeks of the NFL season, the Saints have demonstrated the "better" part. Defense - much better. Offense - more prolific. Special teams - solid.
But there is room for improvement going into the Monday night game with the Miami Dolphins. The O-line still needs to come into it's own, opening holes for the running game and keeping quarterback Drew Brees clean in the pocket. Brees has been sacked 10 times; hit and hurried several others through three games.
However coach Sean Payton says his ServePro crew is on the case, and the cleanup is under way.
"Yesterday (Sunday) on one of the sacks, we turned a guy loose," Payton said. "We pay close attention to it. It is something that we have done a good job with and we feel like it is important if we are going to throw the football to be successful. We have to keep him (Brees) upright."
Meanwhile, Lance Moore's right hand might or might not be an issue Monday night. The receiver left Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals with what appeared to be some sort of injury.
And on Tuesday while attending his Football for Her Camp promoting breast cancer awareness, the wide receiver was wearing a protective device. We won't know more about the apparent injury until the Thursday official team update.
But we do know Moore is ready for some more Monday night magic.
"I just think that, for whatever reason, we're able to turn it on," he said. "I think we've won, like, the last 11 primetime games at home or something like that. That's just as much a credit to our fans as it is to the guys who are playing on the field. Because it really is a home field advantage. It's tough for teams to come in (to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome) and complete. We've been sauce recently, and hopefully we'll keep it going."
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