The Saints have been dishing it out ever since a sloppy loss in their pre-season opener against the New England Patriots.
It was evident that the Saints first string offense was a little rusty failing to move the ball it’s first two possessions, finally getting a score five minutes into the second quarter on a Bush touchdown run.
Next there was the atrocious special teams coverage by the Saints who gave up big gains nearly all game surrendering a hair under 200 yards to the Patriots.
To fare better against the Texans tonight the Saints have to improve special teams play especially considering Houston uses the speedy Trindon Holliday as a kick returner.
A local LSU kid Holliday is a raw talent to say the least but was a top ranked collegiate sprinter. Holliday posted a 4.27 forty time at the combine in 2009
He does have a thumb injury that may prevent him from taking the field against the Saints.
Head coach Sean Payton and the Saints coaching staff have gone back to fundamentals — tackling, blocking, angles of pursuit — in an effort to improve the teams porous play.
When mental mistakes are made by players the coaching staff rewards them with push-ups and laps, accountability is at an all time high.
Just ask left guard Carl Nicks, one of the leagues premier guards, who was demoted to second string after too many false start penalties. Nicks was replaced by Terrence Metcalf in the starting lineup.
Granted Nicks wasn’t with the two’s for long.
Hopefully the version of the Saints that hits the field tonight has benefited from all that tough love and produce a batter outcome then the Patriots game. I’m sure the players, for their sake, want the same.