The New Orleans Saints defense had a completely disastrous NFL season premiere in 2018. And it does not even look like the unit went into the field.
The Louisiana team yielded absurd 48 points and 529 yards (112 runs and 417 aircraft), thus losing at home to Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the score of 48 to 40.
The performance left Cameron Jordan absolutely unsatisfied.
“The 48 points we gave up today were unacceptable,” the Saints’ defensive end star emphatically said after the match.
The Bucs ‘strike scored 41 points over the Saints’ defense and the other seven points from the final score came as safety Justin Evans recovered fumble from running back Mike Gillislee and returned 34 yards to score a touchdown.
“They made bigger moves than we did. As a defense, you never want to give up 41 points. That’s on the defensive line, that’s me. We’ve had an alert for sure, “Jordan said.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Florida team’s attack with mastery and hit 21 passes of 28 to 417 yards and four touchdowns, as well as running 12 times for 36 yards and a TD.
It was largely the fault of the Saints’ front seven, who did not pressure Fitzpatrick, not making a sack at all and giving only two hits on the Bucs signal caller.
And Jordan was not the only one dissatisfied.
“We could not stop anything,” said cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who allowed wide receiver Mike Evans to fit a long route and score a TD in a 50-yard pass.
Linebacker Demario Davis agreed with the vision of his teammates.
“They ran with the ball, they passed the ball, they converted third descents, they converted in the red zone. Give the credits to Tampa Bay; they won that one, “he said.
Even with disastrous performance, the Saints do not want to panic. In the 2017 season, the team also started badly defensively, but then it fit a series of eight victories. New Orleans finished with 11 wins and five losses, and went to the playoffs.
“The good side for us is that it’s week 1. We can adjust that. It’s early yet, “said Jordan.
Jordan subsequently went on Twitter to reinforce his disappointment with the defense’s performance and pointed out that the Saints will use next week to improve.
“Responsible for 41 defense points … UNACCEPTABLE … The 24 hour rule will not be enough, we have much to improve. We need to improve quickly; We will improve this week #WhoDat, “he wrote.