Any time a team loses by a score of 52-27 their head coach is not going to be happy, but for New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt, Sunday's loss to the New York Giants was exceptionally embarrassing. Not just because they had been demolished on the field, but because they knew exactly what to expect coming into the game and still couldn't stop it.
"I’ll tell you what’s disappointing about that. We emphasized to our football team all week long how good Eli was particularly in the first half of two-minute drills. He was leading the league. We had a blown coverage in that situation on a switch route. If you blow a coverage, you’re not going to give yourself a chance to compete," Vitt said. "We knew the situation we were in and we knew the quarterback."
Although Eli Manning did make a few poor decisions that led to two interceptions, he also tossed four touchdowns while completing nearly 63% of his passes. But it wasn't just the Giants' captain that ran away with the game; it was a total team effort that saw contribution from offense, defense and special teams.
"That was an embarrassment," Vitt added. "Here's the key, we can't have four turnovers in a game, especially on the road against a good football team. We can't allow them to have the returns that they had and score touchdowns on returns and have a chance to win on the road against a good football team."
If nothing else, at least Vitt and the Saints acknowledge they were beaten by a good football team. After all, it has become commonplace for teams (see: Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers) to claim they "beat themselves."
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