Before I begin calling out the Saints for their embarrassing 38-17 losing effort Sunday night against the Cowboys, I'm first going to call out myself.
I said before the season that the 2014 Saints was the best roster I'd ever seen going into a season.
I was wrong. Dead wrong.
This team isn't close to that bold proclamation. In fact, at this point being average would be an upgrade. Right now, this team is bad.
"We're 1-3 and that's about the way we're playing right now," coach Sean Payton said with a lost look in his eye after the game.
And he's right.
The offense doesn't scare anyone like it used to. The special teams have been shaky. And what in the world has happened to this defense?
That stellar group from 2013 has been replaced by imposters. Or maybe '13 were the frauds? Who knows... What we do know is the defensive line is non-existent. The tackling has been horrendous. And despite paying $56 million for a ball-Hawking safety, the Saints can't create a takeaway. Or even come close to one for that matter.
Combine all that with the mental hurdle they can't seem to overcome when they play anywhere outside of the Superdome and you get what you have now.
It all came to head in Dallas where a chance to even their record to 2-2 turned into a three-touchdown debacle. Even worse, the coaches and players walked and talked like a team that had no answers for anything the Cowboys were doing.
No, the season is not lost. Despite winning just one of their first four, the Saints are still just a game out of first place in the NFC South.There's still plenty of football to be played.
But if you feel like pushing the panic button, I can't say that I blame you.