The offense has looked awful, Drew Brees has looked rattled and the majority of the team plays with the passion of a sixth-grader looking forward to a social studies test.
If you still don't think Sean Payton's absence is being felt yet, you are clearly living in Delusionalville.
Payton might have ceded play-calling duties to Pete Carmichael, Jr. last year, but he was still around the facility and around on game days. He was still there to make adjustments and light a fire in the team when it was needed.
He held everyone accountable.
His absence has caused Brees to press more like in the 2010 season, when he was coming off a Super Bowl win, was on the Madden cover and had expectations to repeat.
Brees just looks like he is putting too much on his shoulders, and interim coach Aaron Kromer should see that and call more running plays to ease the pressure on his quarterback.
Kromer called more rushes versus the Carolina Panthers, and it was very effective. Look for that recipe to continue as the offense looks to improve this upcoming week.