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Those who thought the Buffalo Bills defensive effort was bad enough may have to invent a new word for how the New Orleans Saints' unit performed on opening day.
Hosting a Washington Redskins offense that was 26th in the league in scoring in 2011 and had a rookie under center, the Saints allowed 464 total yards and 40 points. It took just one game against the Saints' defense to put the Redskins attack at the top of the league rankings and make quarterback Robert Griffin III an instant star.
It made no difference if the former Baylor standout was throwing or running the ball—the Saints still couldn't stop him. This is despite the fact that his main wide receiver left early, due to a foot injury. Griffin was put under no pressure, even though he was playing behind a line that surrendered 41 sacks a year ago.
Washington also amassed 153 yards on the ground, and the Saints defense became increasingly generous as the game progressed.
This is a group that was supposed to be revitalised by the arrival of new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and key free agents like Brodrick Bunkley, David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton.
There may be a power vacuum on the sidelines, but until the Saints fix this defense, it won't matter who is running the show this season.