Some random thoughts and observations on Friday night’s New Orleans Saints-Tennessee Titans game.
DIRTY LAUNDRY: The Saints committed 10 penalties in the entirety of their 26-24 win at St. Louis in their preseason opener. They committed 14 penalties in the first half alone, an unbelievable 22 for 184 yards in the game, though two of those were on Jimmy Graham for dunking the ball after touchdown catches (a no-no in the No Fun League this season) and one may have been on rookie Brandin Cooks for speeding.
Saints coach Sean Payton gave Graham a pass on the first one but gave Dr. Dunkenstein the business after the second. Payton suffers few exhibitions of foolishness even if it’s in an exhibition game, and that’s understandable. Graham’s misplaced exuberance may have inspired some of the Saints’ sloppiness.
Whatever the cause, the Saints need to cut down on the flags, pronto, with two preseason games left.