Major soul searching needs to be done by the Saints after 27-24 OT loss to Chiefs

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September 23, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) reacts after missing a field goal attempt against the Kansas City Chiefs during second quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

Earlier this past week, it was reported that the New Orleans Saints players had mirrors placed in their lockers to invite the idea of looking at yourself to see what needs to be done in order to help the team.  Somebody must have had a crack in theirs after viewing the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

After leading the Chiefs with a score of 24-6 until almost the end of the third quarter, the Saints allowed them to stage a comeback with three field goals, a touchdown, and a safety which sent the game into overtime.

With a bit of back and forth between the two teams, Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop sealed the victory by nailing a 31 yard field goal.  The Chiefs bench erupted and the sounds of the Tomahawk Chant could be heard echoing through the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as bewildered Saints fans could only sheepishly head to the exit doors.

In what should have been an easy game for the Saints to keep from going 0-3 on the season, it instead brings up major concerns on where the team is at mentally and where the rest of the season is going.

Interim head coach Aaron Kromer said after the recent loss that the team is “close”.  Of course Kromer has promised each week that the team is ready for the next challenge having learned from the last loss.

Kromer said after the loss to the Carolina Panthers last week that the reason for that defeat and the one with the Washington Redskins was that the defense had problems because those were both “unconventional” offenses.

It will be interesting to see what Kromer will come forward with concerning the latest loss and what he will have to say about the Saints next opponent the Green Bay Packers which will be an away game this Sunday.

The offense got in a rhythm early but faltered in the second half with the glaring highlights being the offensive line(again), quarterback Drew Brees not being able to get in sync with his receivers when he needed to, and a field goal miss by kicker Garrett Hartley that would come back to haunt the Saints.