Is it really necessary?
We know the Saints have not played well the last 2 weeks, but they've won. They've won close this year, they've won ugly this year, but by and large they've played well all year and blown out some really good teams too.
But, most of all - THEY'VE WON! Which is more than they can say for last year when they lost 5 by a FG or fewer points.
I've seen it here, heard it on the Worlwide Leader, and I've heard it on the radio. Now, ESPN's NFC South blogger, Pat Yasinkas, is questioning the strength of the Saints. In particular the D. See it here
I don't think anyone is discounting how tough a time we've had defending the pass. But, as Pat Yasinkas points out, it would likely be a lot better with Greer, Porter, and Fujita. And, it WILL be a lot better when they come back - which will be for the playoff run.
But, then he makes the tired argument that you need to play well in December to play well in January. We only need to look to last year to find out how dumb that argument is. Just look at what the Cardinals did last season.
And, let's be real here, any team that wins 13 games or more in a season in the NFL is going to win some close games - see the Pat's 2007 schedule weeks 9,12,13, and 17 (not coincidentally all in the 2nd half of the season).