Debacle in Dallas

October 2, 2014



Sports Editor


If there is one team I do not like, it is the Dallas Cowboys.


If there is one team I do not like the Saints to lose to, it is the Cowboys.


“America’s Team” is my least-favorite NFL franchise, and I think most Saints fans will agree losing to the Cowboys stings more than a typical loss.


The Saints did not just lose to the ’Boys in “Big D” Sunday night, they got spanked.


Dallas scored 38 points on the Saints defense in a 38-17 creaming of the black and gold, the first time Dallas had beaten the Saints in front of its home fans since 1991.

I was born in 1991.


The Saints fell to 1-3 on the season with all three losses coming on the road.


The other two losses were against the Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns – a three-point overtime loss to the Falcons and a two-point loss to the Browns.

The Saints defense looked pedestrian against the Cowboys allowing 445 total yards of offense including 190 yards rushing – running back DeMarco Murray accounted for 149 of those yards by himself.

After fielding the worst defense in NFL history in 2012, the Saints hired former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to the same position.


In 2013, Ryan turned the Saints defense around.


The Ryan-led defense ranked fourth in the NFL in total defense and second in passing defense.


Skip ahead to 2014 and you will find the Saints back at the bottom of most statistical categories in Ryan’s second year.


The defense ranks 29th overall, 27th in points allowed and 31st in turnovers allowed.


The Saints have not forced a turnover in the last 15 quarters of play.


Meanwhile, the offense has turned the ball over seven times, including three interceptions thrown by quarterback Drew Brees.


The secondary has not tallied an interception yet this season and the defense has totaled five sacks.


Ryan was fired after the Cowboys defense declined in his second year with the team.


The Saints defense has rapidly declined in his second year in New Orleans.


Could Ryan be on the hot seat once again?


Jared King is a senior journalism major from Jena who serves as sports editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to jki008@latech.edu.


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