In a word: sloppiness. That's the general consensus not only from those who observed the Saints' 24-27 loss to the Patriots but also from those who coached it:
"I thought just watching the game and without having looked at the tape that there were too many sloppy things that we need to get corrected," Payton said. "I know it is the first week of preseason, yet there are still a number of things that are disturbing."
If you're worried about our TWO DAT chances after last night, take a moment to read Brian Alee-Walsh's reasons why you shouldn't worry. Also remember that our Saints looked pretty bad last year in their preseason opener against the Bengals. If you don't remember, check out this CSC Fanpost from a year ago. Many were panicked over our inability to run the ball against Cincinnati. Turns out those fears were premature.
In other news, Thomas Morstead says he'll be fine but we're awaiting the results of today's MRI to be sure. More after the jump.
T_Porter22 About to watch this game film..ugggghh...playing fball u have to be toughed to take the coaching that's about to happen. Its part of the game!
alexbrown96 It's not gonna be any longer than other day trust me lol RT @iNkEdUp03: today gonna be a long day
HeathEvans I know this will sound sick but it felt good this morning to wakeup sore & aching! The sad part is that I'm sore from only 10 reps! #fb
JonVilma51 no time for rest, off to do a video shoot for the season opener on Nbc...
JeremyShockey Back home well hotel in nola that counts!! Getting rest then a long week awaits.. Zzz
jgoody76 Tired boss!
alexbrown96 Heading back to NOLA can't wait to see @karimarbrown and the kids
JeremyShockey On way back to nola now.. traffic is crazy prob get in at 5am. "Out work all"
LanceMoore16 RT @drewbrees: Long flight home now after the Pats preseason game. We have a lot to improve upon. Excited about our young players. One day at a time http://tl.gd/33hdbn
AUGUST 12th SAINTS v. PATRIOTS:
The Morning After: Struggles against Patriots nothing to worry about for Super Bowl champion Saints
NEW ORLEANS – Read my dot.com lips - there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Really, there is nothing to worry about. Your New Orleans Saints will get their act together in time for the regular season.
New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter says the focus is on the now | NOLA.com
He dismisses talk of 'Super Bowl hangover'
Handwerger: Saints come crashing back to Earth against Patriots | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Foxborough, Mass., isn’t exactly a mile high. Heck, it’s not even 300 feet above sea level. But it’s the spot where the Saints will look back and say they came crashing back to Earth, even if it did come at roughly only 20 stories above the ground
Patrick Ramsey solid in New Orleans Saints debut | NOLA.com
Chase Daniel also off to strong start
New Orleans Saints' Thomas Morstead to undergo MRI exam today | NOLA.com
Punter injured arm making tackle; X-rays negative
New Orleans Saints' Larry Beavers experiences highs, lows in first game | NOLA.com
His 97-yard punt return for TD overshadowed by fumble
First flight - The Boston Globe
The Associated Press: Pats beat Saints 27-24 as champs allow big plays
New Orleans Saints get a wakeup call in preseason loss to New England Patriots | NOLA.com
Team loses touch of Super Bowl swagger
Tackling proves problematic for New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
Jonathan Casillas expects camp to get more physical
Patriots edge Saints with late field goal; Welker sits - CBSSports.com Game Recap
The Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints are leaving New England after losing their punter, a running back and their exhibition opener.
Pats sink Saints in exhibition opener - The Globe and Mail
Super Bowl champs fall 27-24 in New England, while Baltimore and Oakland also begin preseason with a win
All eyes on Edelman I EagleTribune.com
5 From the Patriots 27-24 win over Saints
Patriots Take First Small Step Toward Rebuilding Their Dynasty -- NFL FanHouse
Patriots squeak out three point win
Digital Sports Daily
Pats beat Saints 27-24 as champs allow big plays - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
A new season, a different result, a lot of improvement left for the Super Bowl champions to make. The New Orleans Saints gave up big plays and a decisive 28-yard field goal in the final minute as the New England Patriots opened their exhibition season with a 27-24 win Thursday night. Last season's title won't help the Saints repeat. - National Football League news
Saints 'sloppy' in 27-24 loss to Patriots in preseason opener | wwltv.com | WWL Sports
Sean Payton stood at the post-game podium in the underbelly of the Patriots’ home stadium, a frown showing on his face and irritation coloring the sound of the voice.
Pats beat Saints 27-24 as champs allow big plays
Plenty to work on after Patriots gash Saints with big plays in preseason opener - SunHerald.com
Saints Fall Short At Patriots 27-24 - New Orleans Saints official website
Saints-Patriots Game Notes - New Orleans Saints official website
New Orleans Saints 'sloppy' in 27-24 preseason loss to New England Patriots | NOLA.com
Team recovers from slow start but falls short in end
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots scoring summary | NOLA.com
Quarterly scores, plus key plays
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots photo gallery | NOLA.com
Slideshow from Saints' first preseason game
Sean Payton says that overall, the New Orleans Saints had a good week in New England | NOLA.com
Payton said there was too much sloppy in the game
New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush reportedly apologizes to USC AD Pat Haden | NOLA.com
According to a story in USA Today, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush apologized to USC Athletics Director Pat Haden, expressing regret for his actions that landed the school on NCAA probation. Haden told USA Today that in a 15-minute phone conversation he had last week with the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner who was found to have received illicit cash and benefits from...
Brees worthy of rock-star status - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Drew Brees has done more than enough to include himself among the game's top QBs. - National Football League news
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Head Coach Sean Payton on WWL
Saints Head Coach Sean Payton holds a press conference following the New Orleans Saints’ first preseason loss to the New England Patriots: 27-24.
Junior Galette Post-game Interview on WWL
Saints Defensive End Junior Galette addresses the media following the New Orleans Saints’ first preseason loss to the New England Patriots: 27-24.
Adrian Arrington Post-game Interview on WWL
Saints Wide Receiver Adrian Arrington addresses the media following the New Orleans Saints’ first preseason loss to the New England Patriots: 27-24.
Jonathan Casillas Post-game Interview on WWL
Saints Linebacker Jonathan Casillas addresses the media following the New Orleans Saints’ first preseason loss to the New England Patriots: 27-24.
Hokie Gajan Post-Game Commentary on WWL
Hokie Gajan offers his post-game commentary following the New Orleans Saints’ first preseason loss to the New England Patriots: 27-24.
Bobby Hebert, Post-Game Commentary on WWL
Bobby Hebert offers his post-game commentary following the New Orleans Saints’ first preseason loss to the New England Patriots: 27-24.
The Point After on WWL
The Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert and the Big Chief Deke Bellavia take your calls following the New Orleans Saints’ first preseason loss to the New England Patriots: 27-24.