It remains difficult to avoid comparing any recent Saints team, particularly its defense, to 2009.
The offense is largely a constant: Drew Brees came as a free agent in 2006, and three members of that draft start on offense to this day. Reggie came and went, as did Darren Sproles after him, Deuce slipped away and left things to his spiritual heir Pierre Thomas, and centers changed like Tinker to Evers to Chance….but unlike Beavis and Butthead, the offense scored and scored and scored.
Many of us (ok, well, at least me) thought this defense was real, and would build with additions, like we did from 2008 to 2009, and be more than a complementary defense, nay, a force unto itself in 2014, but so far, ummm, no.
And “Gee, Mrs. Cleaver, that’s a lovely field goal you drove down the field and kicked at the gun to rip our hearts out two weeks in a row” does not even a complementary defense make, much less the ’85 Bears.