Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints fullback Jed Collins (45) is unable to make a catch against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Costly Errors That Affected Outcomes
Just remember, on the very first drive. The Saints had to burn a timeout from the play clock running down, and then the very next play, they had a delay of game penalty. By the midpoint of the first quarter, the Saints were out of timeouts. Game management struggled early.
Early in the 4th quarter, the Saints looked to have a first down after Jed Collins plowed ahead. However, the Jets called a timeout. On the redo, Brees passed it to a wide open Jed Collins, who dropped the ball. On the 4th & 1 play, the Saints ran a Tight End Option to Josh Hill. Yeah, everyone was kicking themselves at home, wondering what the heck they just saw. According to Sean Payton, he saw something in the film study that showed that as an opportunity, however, it failed.
Let’s also not overlook that first Garrett Hartley missed field goal. Sure, he made up for it (arguably), by nailing back to back field goals, including the 55-yarder when everyone thought, wait, what? However, it put much more pressure on the Saints offense, and those 3 points could have made a huge difference in how the Saints attacked.
Lastly, Nick Toon. Lots of head scratching there. He missed a huge catch, where he was virtually wide open. Then, he tipped up a ball which would be intercepted. The consequences arguably cost the Saints two scores. He’s young, and he will only get better, but these are growing pains we must suffer through.