METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Give the Saints offensive credit for this much, there's no sense of denial in the way they've played thus far this preseason.
"It's a work in progress right now," Head Coach Sean Payton said. "We're working to improve and, obviously, there's a lot of room for improvement. "I don't think, by any means, do we feel like we played well enough last week."
"We are what we are right now: a team that's played pretty bad offense," said veteran right tackle Zach Strief. "I think the defense has played really well and done a good job of getting after people. We've been anemic and there's no excuse for that, no matter the time."
One obvious culprit is cohesion. Saturday was the first time that the first team offensive line played together in the spots they'll likely play in the regular season. Take Andrus Peat, he'll start at right guard this season but spent most of camp at left tackle with Terron Armstead out. Even when Armstead returned, he still played some at the left side. Payton acknowledged the constant shift has played a role in his performance.
"Guard to tackle is one thing, but when it's left side of the ball, right side of the ball then your stance changes," Payton said. "We have to begin to settle in."
But despite their ineffectiveness through two preseason games, it's still just two preseason games. There's time to improve and Payton said it's way too early to abandon ship now.
"We got to keep working at it and getting better," Payton said. "I don't get discouraged though."