A day after the Saints gave up 568 yards in a 37-34 season-opening overtime loss to Atlanta, coach Sean Payton said his message to the team was similar to what it would be any Monday.
Payton always stresses not overreacting to what the players hear or read.
“I caution our team most on Mondays period,” he said. “After a big win it can be too much and after a loss it can be too much. More important for us internally is paying attention to things we have to get corrected from week 1 to week 2.”
Almost all of those corrections have to come on defense. The Falcons set a franchise record for the yards, and it was the second most yards the Saints ever have allowed.
With that in mind, Payton refused to pick one problem that concerned him more than any other.
“I don’t know that you could point to one area,” he said. “When you look at the tape defensively, as the game wore on the tackling wasn’t as good as we expect, and also communication needs to be better with regards to what we’re playing.”
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan finished 31 of 43 for 445 yards. Some of his completions came on coverage breakdowns, but many of them came because he faced little pass rush.
“We had one sack and one hurry,” Payton said. “With the amount of times he threw the football, we’d like to see more disruption than that.”
Outside linebacker Junior Galette, who tweeted Sunday night, “Defense Lost This Game You’ll Never See Us Play Like That Again” followed by four exclamation points, did not back down from that stance Monday.
“It’s just not going to happen,” he said. “Me and (defensive end) Cam (Jordan) discussed that last night. That feeling I had, I’ve never had in five years. We just didn’t get it done. It was a nightmare, just terrible. We’ll never rush like that again. That’s a fact."