New Orleans Saints will need magic to help out their defensive struggles


Oct 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo before the Saints play against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE

In the days following the New Orleans Saints loss to the Denver Broncos interim head coach Joe Vitt said he can’t sprinkle “pixie dust” and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo gave a similar response saying he couldn’t wave a “magic wand” to help the ailing defense.

It’s too bad that it can’t happen because that’s exactly what it will take in order for the defense to perform a Houdini and reappear each game.  It would also probably help their playoff chances that become more fleeting with each week that passes.

The Saints defense looked lost and out of place on Sunday with zero pressure on Peyton Manning, poor secondary coverage, and missed tackles that brought back memories of the Marshawn Lynch touchdown run close to two years ago in the 2011 Divisional Playoff Game.

There is no surprise going into Week 8 that the defense is ranked at the bottom of the NFL at #32.  What is surprising however is how the Saints can’t find an answer with even Spagnuolo saying he can’t put a finger on why they can’t get it together.

Only two other teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins, rank below the Saints in passing defense.  New Orleans currently allows 304.6 yards each game in the air.

In rushing defense the Saints only eclipse one team, the Buffalo Bills, and are allowing opponents to run every which way but loose in each game with 170.1 yards on the ground.

While there might not be any magic right now, the Saints have to conjure up something and pull a rabbit out of the hat.  Otherwise at this point, they will be lucky to come away with just a winning season.