New Orleans Saints: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Their First 4 Games

Jonathan Peralta@itsjperaltaContributor IIIOctober 4, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints points out a defensive formation against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 28-27.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Believe it or not, NFL aficionado, but we are at the quarter-mark of the 2012 NFL season. Like many around the country, you are either very lucky and have a team that is off to a good start, or miserable (like myself) that your team looks disgustingly awful.

If you're the latter, Who Dat nation feels you.

The New Orleans Saints starting 0-4? Unfathomable. But, unfortunately for the loyal fans who don the black and gold every Sunday, it has become a reality. A nightmare, really.

There are still 12 games left in the season. There is some time to right the ship and get back to the winning ways the New Orleans franchise and its fans have become accustomed to these past few years.

Before the start of Week 5, let's look at the good, the bad and the ugly in the Saints' first quarter of the season.


The Good: Saints' passing game

With an 0-4 start, it's hard to be optimistic about much, but compared to the other units, the passing is good. Is it on par with last season's passing game? Not at all. But it's the only bright spot on a—so far—bad season.

As long as the Saints have Drew Brees under center, they'll have a good passing game. It seems that the man was made to break records—just look at his 2011 season. And although he's had a slow start (by his standards), he has still been effective and the only reason why the Saints had any chance to win a game or two this first quarter.

Drew Brees has 1,350 passing yards for 10 touchdowns and completed 58 percent of his passes through four games. If he can be consistent with his high level of play, perhaps the Saints have a chance to salvage something.


The Bad: New Orleans Saints' coaching

Or lack thereof. Not to take anything away from current interim coach Aaron Kromer, but it's clear that the Saints miss suspended head coach Sean Payton. The team's execution has been bad, their focus isn't there (look at their penalties) and clock management has been dreadful.

Plus, the Saints are missing Payton's ability for in-game adjustments and his offensive planning genius. This team, without Payton, has lost its mojo and its confidence.


The Ugly: Saints defense

This unit is ranked dead last in yards allowed in the league. That is not good. The Saints brought in defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to fix their defense. Instead, their defense got worse.

Opposing teams' run games and passing attacks have shredded the Saints defense, and they have struggled to make stops on third downs and get off the field.

There is a lack of a consistent pass rush as the Saints' front four are failing to generate consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.



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