The New Orleans Saints' offense was once again a major disappointment in Week 13. Coordinator Pete Carmichael has come under fire for his choices on Monday night, including his puzzling usage of Alvin Kamara and play-calling gaffes that paved the way for Tampa Bay's comeback win.
After the bitter loss, head coach Dennis Allen weighed in on Carmichael's performance.
Allen reaffirmed his "confidence" in this unit despite another underwhelming showing. He added the offense has to be "more consistent" and noted New Orleans needs to be better in situational decisions.
There were several miscues on Monday night that played a role in the Saints blowing a 16-3 lead. Kamara's lack of usage was one clear area Carmichael failed, as backup Mark Ingram saw more targets (5 vs 2) despite the former being one of the very best pass-catching backs in the entire league.
Ingram's decision to run out of bounds a yard short of the first-down marker also set up a game-changing third down for New Orleans midway through the fourth quarter. The Saints made the stupefying choice to pass in that situation, and they opted to punt while in Bucs territory after throwing an incompletion. Tampa then went on to rattle off 14 unanswered points following that possession en route to a 17-16 victory.
It seems apparent New Orleans' coaching staff is holding this team back from its full potential. With no changes on the horizon, the Saints' struggles figure to continue.
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