Maybe their increased focus on the running game -- 65 more rushing attempts by running backs or fullbacks than at this point last season -- is difficult to sustain without running back Mark Ingram. Maybe the passing defense, ranked No. 26 in football, truly is that porous.
After New Orleans cut fourth-round pick Khairi Fortt on Monday, they managed to shave their six-man draft class down to just four. Of those four, as NOLA.com points out, only their first-round pick, Brandin Cooks, has taken any significant non-special teams snaps. Second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste and fifth-rounders Vinnie Sunseri and Ronald Powell are the other three draft selections on the Saints' active roster.
But as injuries mount, the need for quality depth will undoubtedly surface later on in the season when the Saints need it the most. Bouncing back from 2-3 might not be as easy without it.