By John DeShazier
New Orleans Saints
Coach Dennis Allen said Monday there will be no staff changes at present for the New Orleans Saints, or any changes to play-calling responsibilities.
Specifically, entering Sunday’s game against New England at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., the Saints (2-2) have struggled offensively through the first four games, having reached the 20-point mark once while averaging 15.5 points per game, 13.8 if Rashid Shaheed’s punt return touchdown is subtracted.
“We won’t make any coaching changes,” Allen said. “I’ve never seen that to be the right answer, particularly when you’re four games into the season. And yet, we have to be better.
“And I understand everybody’s frustration, and believe me, everybody in this building is frustrated with it. Because we have to find ways to put more points on the board.”
The Saints totaled three field goals in Sunday’s 26-9 loss to Tampa Bay in the Caesars Superdome, and have gone 10 games since last scoring 27 points.
Allen said the team isn’t burying its head in the sand or glossing over an obvious issue, but the sky isn’t falling, either.
“Four games into the season, I don’t think anything is drastic,” he said. “I think that’d be ridiculous and yet, we have to be better.
“I think they’ll respond well. And, look, we’ll find out this week. Two weeks ago everybody was feeling great, you have a couple of losses and everybody wants to think the sky is falling. I don’t think there’s any panic here, and yet, there’s a sense of urgency.”