I was late to the game because of a big pile up on ih-10 Saturday, so I've been basing my comments on what I heard on the radio, and what I've read on the boards. I finally was able to watch the first half myself yesterday, thanks to NFLN. & I'm not mad at Frank Okam or Amobi Okoye. Neither played exceptional, but they didn't play as horribly as I expected. If you want to know who I do blame for yesterday's fiasco.... it's Gary Kubiak & Alex Gibbs. If you watched our DTs, and their DTs, there really wasn't much difference. The OL took them both out of the game. The difference was the Saints were better at getting to and blocking the second level. We didn't help matters with our penetrating defense. Amobi was getting into his gap... but that's doing half the job for the OLmen. It doesn't matter how big you are, how talented you are, or how high you were drafted. If you're trying to shoot past someone, & all that person wants to do, is move you laterall..... it's over once you allow him to push on your shoulder, your side, or your hip.... there is nothing you can do but go sideways. That's what happened to our DTs, and that's what happened to their DTs. Demeco was keying in on the Full back. He was in position to take the FB head on. When the HB broke off his route, Demeco was out of the play. Simply because of where he was. Again, that is what is supposed to happen in a ZBS. That's what happened to our MLB, and that's what happened to their MLB. Biggest difference, was that Mike Bell has much, much better vision than Steve Slaton. Bell has good speed, good toughness, good burst, but excellent vision. If there was a cut back lane, or a seam, he was going to find it. Steve..... if it wasn't on his left side, he wasn't going to see it. It looks habitual, and could spell trouble, but it seems that he only broke plays to the left side. Even when pushing further to the right, or breaking to the right would have produced more gain. Because he is so fast, and can accelerate the way he does, he made good gains. But if he can see what's going on around him, and not make up his mind till the last minute, he would be very, very dangerous. If you watch their OL, and I hope like hell that our starting 5 are studying their starting 5.... on run plays, where they double team a DT, or DE.... the help guy pushes, then releases. Almost like a chip, to get the defense moving in the right direction. Once that motion is started, it simply does not take two guys to push a third in a lateral motion. Our bodies are made to provide strength and resistance in a forward motion. We can't resist when pushed to the side. Or, if one of the OL found themselves with no one to block, they moved up field, and found someone. Our guys were very slow moving to the second level, whether they had a reason or not. & when they got to the second level, they blocked someone, & didn't try to merely get in someone's way like we did. Which brings up another point. When their RB was 40 yards down the field, all 5 of their OLmen were standing up. Our guys are lying on the ground when our RB is still in the backfield. We through ourselves at their feet, very early in the run, and their LBs, and DEs jump right over us. They aim their shoulder pads at some spot mid-thigh and above, drive into our palyers, and take them out of the play....... that is if they have to cut, which is a last chance kinda thing. There was one play, where Meachum took out Mario by driving his pads into Mario's thighs. Mario managed to stay on his feet, but Mike Bell was already 46 yards and a touchdown away by the time Mario regained his composure. Buster Davis was the only guy on our team that did a good job keeping the OLmen off him. It wasn't our DTs that failed, it was pretty much everything else. Mario & Okam held their ends up pretty well. If the play was going to either of them they held the end, and forced the play's back inside. Other wise their would have been no reason to cut back. But when the play was run away from Smith.... there wasn't any "scheme" to keep him away from the ball. He just wasn't fast enough to get their. They had to plan something, to keep Mario off their guy in the backfield. Or CBs need to learn to watcht the QB first and foremost. They played so far off the ball, they should have had plenty of time to anticipate the throw, and make a move on the ball. Maybe we're saving that for the regular season. But their OC did a much better job designing plays that challenged our young Secondary. Our guys got crossed up a few times because of pick routes they ran. Then there were several plays were our guy, like Brice McCain had to chose the under route, or the over. Which-ever he chose, Brees took the other one. Manning has done this to us for years.... you'd think we'd learn by now. I truly think our Recievers are amoung the best in the league. Then you throw in our TEs, our FBs, and our HBs.... you'd think we would be able to do some of the same things on offense. But we don't. I also think Schaub can be great.... if he had a great OC. Anyway, that's my official 2 cents. Defensively, not a whole lot to worry about. I don't think we'd have this kind a problem with most running games. Not many teams are this balanced, and this stacked with talent. Offensively, we've got a coaching issue. We're running a ZBS that should bring the talent requirement way down. But our gains have been because of individual talent, whether we're talking about Slaton, Chris Brown, Matt Schaub, or Andre..... Next week, when you watch the Vikings, don't watch to see how many rushing yards we have against them. Watch to see how their DTs aren't the ones tackling Slaton. I think we're pretty good at that part of the game. It doesn't matter how big & strong they are... we'll get them moving sideways. & that brings up another point. if You're going to watch the N.O. Saints offense again, watch the OL foot work. They guy getting the help on the double team. Watch how he repositions his legs & feet, so that he can handle the job when his help leaves.... there were just so many things that we aren't doing, that we should be doing, with the "Gurus" we've got.