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Saints remain positive but not delusional after 1-4 start

Cameron Jordan says the Saints have not lost hope despite a difficult start to the season. Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints have continued to insist they are staying positive and are doing the right things during the work week and they have the right guys in the locker room.

But defensive end Cameron Jordan also insisted Monday that they are not delusional about the fact that they are 1-4.

When told that it sounds like the Saints want to keep doing the same things and expect different results, Jordan shrewdly recognized where that expression comes from.

"Way to give out the definition of insanity," Jordan cracked. "It’s definitely not doing the same thing and expecting different results. It’s doing what we’ve done good, and then it’s ... harping on the bad things.

"And there’s been a lot of bad things in our games. There’s been a lot of things that we need to change. And every game we tweak something, but it’s not enough."

As for that positivity, Jordan repeated what other players and coach Sean Payton have stressed -- that the atmosphere around this team is much better than it was last season when the Saints started 1-3.

"It’s a completely different feel," Jordan said. "There’s a lot of young guys with a lot of hope. There’s a lot of older guys that see that there are bright spots within every game, and there are just plays that we needed to capitalize on."

Running back Mark Ingram agreed. Ingram was asked if he is frustrated after he gave a handful of short answers to questions during a conference call with the media Monday.

"No. I’m good," Ingram said. "I’m not happy with our start, of course. Nobody is. But am I frustrated? I still have confidence in our team, confidence in the players we have in the locker room. I feel like we all stick together. It’s not the start we wanted, but not frustrated by any means, have a lot of confidence in our team."

The Saints suffered their first blowout loss of the season this past Sunday when a 10-10 tie in the third quarter turned into a 39-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia scored 29 points in a span of 18 minutes during the rout.

Offensively, Saints quarterback Drew Brees was sacked five times, lost two fumbles and threw an interception while being hit.

Defensively, the Saints forced two early interceptions, but they had zero sacks. They allowed 519 yards and 34 first downs -- and now rank 32nd in the NFL with 409 yards allowed per game.

When asked if some of those statistics can be misleading, Jordan said, "What’s misleading about 39-10 (before the Saints tacked on a touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter)?"

"Nothing misleading about that. That’s something that we have to improve upon," said Jordan, though he did point out several times that the defense was proud of many of the things it did in the first half, when Philadelphia turned 300 yards into just 10 points.

The highlight was two interceptions in the end zone during the first half by cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Delvin Breaux. The low was too many missed tackles, according to Jordan. And the Saints’ pass rush has continued to struggle with zero sacks Sunday and just seven all season (tied for 26th in the NFL). Jordan has just one sack.

"Honestly I have to lead my D-line better," Jordan said when asked for a self review. "We’re not getting enough pressure on the quarterback. I’ve fallen off a couple of sacks, I’ve also been evaded a few times. That’s personally frustrating.

"That’s something that you have to put on yourself to do more. I have to do more. That’s pretty much all I got. I have to perform better."