Originally posted on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 12/30/12
It's hard to walk away from that game and try to come up with much that's objective or even positive as a Saints fan. The team borderline quit, especially on defense, and turned in what I considered both their worst performance of the season and their biggest implosion. After a 24-13 lead and a ridiculous blown call by the officials that should have awarded the Saints the ball in the red zone, everything changed. The defense's performance was deplorable, inexcusable and it was catastrophic. After this game I just don't see how you can lobby for anything other than a complete overhaul defensively. Below are my bullets on the game one last time this season. DeAngelo Williams had 21 carries for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns. He joins Fiipper Anderson and Joey Galloway and the principle one man wrecking crews in Saints history. Brodrick Bunkley and Jonathan Vilma played pretty well, sadly the rest of the defense didn't seem interested. Cam Newton didn't even play well, that's the saddest part of this 44 point yielding. He had a QB rating of 61.2 and completed less than 50% of his passes. His lone touchdown pass was to the other team. Despite all this, the Saints gave up 44 points. Horrid. Steve Smith remains on par with Roddy White for me, clearly one of the biggest thugs and despicable human beings in the game. Lance Moore had the most ridiculous circus catch perhaps of the season. Unreal catch. More drops galore for Jimmy Graham, with some personal fouls to go along with it late in the game. I'm most glad this season is over for his sake. Garrett Hartley drilled a 53 yard bomb at the gun of halftime. That was fun. Chris Ivory was by far the best runner on the day for the Saints and he saw 4 carries. Criminal. You know Patrick Robinson is bad when he's the most picked on corner despite the fact that the Saints are missing their other top 2 corners (Greer and White). That said, Johnny Patrick was hot garbage too. Isa Abdul-Quddus is a great ballhawk on the back end and does a great job tracking the ball in the air. Unfortunately, he's not nearly as good as a last line of defense tackler. That's where Malcolm Jenkins is much better. So the question for next year is: do you prefer a playmaking ballhawk safety or a sure tackler that takes good angles against ball carriers? Brees broke some more records, Morstead blew his shot at one, and the defense is officially the worst in NFL history. Turk McBride was bad but at least he wrecked Cam Newton's ankle. Oh sorry, that's not classy. Hope you feel better Cam.    This season mercifully comes to an end. I still love New Orleans, and my Saints. Better times ahead, I can't imagine the defense can possibly be this bad again next year. Sean Payton better come in like a knight in shining armor and take a bulldozer to this defense. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Yankees close to trading Aroldis Chapman

WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run

Reports: Sale cut up throwback uniforms with knife in protest

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker