By John DeShazier
New Orleans Saints
Losing four of the last five games, the last two by seven points each, coupled with believing the New Orleans Saints offense can be vastly more potent than it has been, drove quarterback Derek Carr to the level of frustration that spilled over a few times in the last two games.
As the Saints (3-4) prepare to face the Colts (3-4) on Sunday at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, Carr on Wednesday admitted that he better can express himself than the way he has on occasion.
“I know what’s good for me, and I know when I’m in a good place, and I know when I’m too frustrated with whatever,” he said. “Everyone thought I was yelling at (offensive coordinator) Pete (Carmichael) one time, I wasn’t even talking to Pete. Everyone thought one thing or this thing or I’m mad at that or I’m mad at this.
“Man, 10 years ago, when I got into the league every quarterback was cussing everybody out. And now, I didn’t even cuss nobody out and everyone thinks that everyone is mad at each other. So, times are definitely changing. I can tell by the gray hairs in my beard, and by people getting upset by a quarterback yelling.
“But, I do have to temper my emotions. I think, with a little bit of the frustration of losing, I’ve let that get the best of me, if I’m honest. Usually, no matter a mistake, I’m super positive. But I also realize how good we can be, and I won’t change the demand of excellence from myself, from my teammates. But there is a better way to do it, I think.”
At 19 points per game, the Saints rank 21st in the league and their 326 yards per game ranks 17th. The Saints are 9 of 24 in the red zone, a percentage (37.5) that’s tied for 28th.