New Orleans Saints GM talks the team’s Week 3 performance with local radio station
By Bob Garcia
Mickey Loomis weighs in on the penalties and mistakes that cost the Saints the game
A local radio station in New Orleans, Saints Radio Network, recently had the executive vice president/general manager of the New Orleans Saints, Mickey Loomis, as a guest. Next to Bobby Hebert and Zach Strief, they engaged in a discussion about the team’s Week 3 performance against the Green Bay Packers. Loomis laid it all on the table, recognizing that mistakes were made.
“We knew it was going to be a fight,” Loomis said of game and the 37-30 loss to the Packers. “We knew it was two good football teams and it was going to come down to a key play or two late in the game. And man, I thought, and I think we all thought that when we had the fourth-and-1 stop and got that ball back with the score tied that hey, that might be the key play that can propel us to a victory. And then shortly thereafter we turn it over and they get a score,” added Loomis.
Regarding that turnover from Taysom Hill, which was certainly a pivotal turning point in the game, the team didn’t help the numbers, either. The Saints recorded eight penalties for 83 yards during the Sunday Night Football action, which means that, across the first three weeks of playing, the team has already accumulated 24 penalties amounting to 331 yards.
“I think it’s just a matter of paying attention to detail each and every day,” Loomis said. “We can’t put ourselves in the position of allowing an official to make a judgment – whether it’s a penalty or not a penalty. We’re good enough and we should be able to get to the point where one call isn’t going to make or break the game. Now, when you’re playing a tough opponent like the Packers that can happen. One or two key plays can make all the difference in the game.”