The same old story played out in this matchup as it has in most of the Black and Gold’s games this season, so let’s look at some overreactions after this game.
Derek Carr may not be the guy
Through seven games, Carr has completed 163-of-255 passes for right at 1,600 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Now, I will agree with people from the sense that Carr hasn’t impressed in this offense to start the season, but I am not close to saying he won’t be the guy. He’s proven throughout his career, even with terrible teams, that he can be productive.
Does he have a lot to improve on with this offense? Certainly, but I also believe that the issue from the offensive struggles goes deeper than the quarterback.
AK is off and it’s the Saints fault
I said what I said.
The star running back for the New Orleans Saints has played in four games since returning from his three-game suspension stemming from his Pro Bowl incident in 2022. In those four games, AK has 261 yards and only one touchdown on 69 carries (3.8 yards per carry). When you look strictly at his numbers, they don’t sound bad. But when you go and look at the film, you can tell he’s off. He doesn’t have that same burst of speed that he used to, and he just doesn’t look 100%. Personally, I blame the Saints. Pete Carmichael, Dennis Allen, and even Sean Payton have run through the tackles for the last few seasons when his body just isn’t built to be that type of back. Kamara thrives when he gets the ball in open space and makes people miss. Also, after the way the offensive line has played, why would you run him up the middle when you know there won’t be a hole?
We’ve seen enough
The New Orleans Saints are currently 21st in the league for scoring offense with 12 total touchdowns. So not even an average of two touchdowns per game. That tells me it’s time to make a change at offensive coordinator. More than that, players aren’t on the same page on the field, the play calling has been vanilla ice cream at best, and most teams have figured out what’s coming before it happens. There’s hardly any motion within the offense, very few screen plays have been called, and the Saints refuse to attack the middle of the field. Let Ronald Curry, who called plays in the preseason, call the plays. Something has to give for the Saints, and I don’t know what else it could be.
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