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Overall Game Grade--C
I didn't realize it was possible to be outcoached by Romeo Crennel. Yet, Aaron Kromer and the Saints' coaching staff found a way to make it happen.
The offensive play-calling wasn't horrific but it also didn't make things easy on Brees and the Saints' offense. Defensively the team could not figure out what Kansas City was doing in the running game (simple zone blocking and cut back).
The end result was very sad.
For once it is reasonable to blame the Saints' coaching staff. The two timeouts which gave Kansas City an easier third down conversion on the tying field goal were the fault of Aaron Kromer and Co.
And the lack of production in all three phases are ultimately their responsibility alone.
It's hard to determine exactly what the adjustment is that needs to be made to stop the run. But clearly Steve Spagnuolo needs to figure something out to slow down the Kansas City Chiefs and their running game in this game.
Pete Carmichael could be questioned for all the pass plays, but the Chiefs secondary is vulnerable. Overall the coaching staff is still not the primary issue.
Whether offensively, defensively, or in game management the Saints' coaching staff had a great second quarter. Only the team's execution could cloud what the coaching staff did in the quarter.
Steve Spagnuolo made great defensive adjustments in the quarter. And Pete Carmichael's offensive play-calling was as good as it's been at any time this season.
Pete Carmichael's initial game plan to start the game was a bit odd. But you have to love his power sweep toss call on third-and-two. The play ended up netting a 47-yard gain. It was refreshing to see Sproles actually garner a carry (after officially getting none in the first two games).
Defensively, Steve Spagnuolo's crew was a bit slow to adjust on their lone first quarter drive, but played solid football inside the red zone.
Aaron Kromer's decision to act as if the team would go for it on fourth-and-two before the first quarter ended was a wise one. The decision to then kick the field goal made a ton of sense.