Rick Gosselin in his latest NFL Power Rankings in the Dallas Morning News notes how the New Orleans Saints defense racked up six "sacks" on Drew Brees at their internal scrimmage on Saturday. According to Gosselin, Brees was seen "muttering to himself angrily on the sideline after a string of incompletions." So we are not alone. This is the time of year when defenses start to click, while offenses are struggling to get their passing plays in synch. Getting the timing right on pass routes and o-line protection is about the hardest thing to do on a team-wide basis in the game of football. So we shouldn't be worried yet. If things aren't at least a little better by the end of training camp there will be some cause to worry, but the real test won't come until September 12.
By the way, Gosselin, who has always struck me as one of the smartest reporters covering the NFL, has the Bills #20 in his rankings. His main comment on them concerns the way T.O's departure "will open the door for some of Buffalo's younger wide receivers to play, develop and contribute" -- which I think is exactly right. #20 also makes a lot more sense to me than #30 or #31 (though perhaps #22 or #23 would be more accurate to start the season). We're going to be a decent team this rebuilding year, but not a playoff contender.