Brees left searching for answers after Saints fall

Pervasive dejection consumed New Orleans following Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The feeling was embodied by Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose post-game demeanor reeked of disappointment and depression after the 26-19 loss, the team's sixth consecutive home defeat.

"We've got to get better ... I'm just really disappointed ... We never got into a rhythm," were several of the overtures the quarterback made about his team's offensive performance, via the Times-Picayune.

Brees took a big hit in the first half, which the 36-year-old signal-caller reluctantly said could have affected him on several plays.

"Maybe on a few throws," he said, adding he wasn't sure if coach Sean Payton restricted the playbook thereafter.

While we expected the Saints' defense to struggle this year, especially after a bevy of injuries in the secondary, the offensive quagmire has left everyone, including the quarterback, searching for answers. The Saints' offense -- namely its receivers -- couldn't take advantage of a Bucs secondary that was shredded by rookie Marcus Mariota just a week ago.

Still, Brees insists the team isn't pressing the panic button.

"I wouldn't say there's a big level of concern, mainly just disappointment in knowing that we have put ourselves in a little bit of a hole. We can only win one game at a time though, and that's next week," he said.

With a pivotal matchup against the 2-0 Carolina Panthers on the docket next, that hole could get deeper if Brees can't yank them out of it.

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