"They made more big pays than we did," Jordan said. "As a defense, you never want to give up 41 points. That's on the defensive line, that's on me. We got a wakeup call for sure."
The alarm clock went off after Ryan Fitzpatrick picked apart the Saints' defense with four touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. Fitzpatrick did the damage without facing consistent pressure, and the Saints failed to record a sack and totaled just two quarterback hits despite Fitzpatrick attempting 28 passes.
Jordan wasn't alone in his frustrations over not getting the job done.
"They ran the ball, they passed the ball, converted on third down, converted in the red zone," Davis said. "Give Tampa Bay credit; they won this."
New Orleans has been down this road before and experienced a slow defensive start to the 2017 season before turning it around with an eight-game winning streak. The Saints finished the season with an 11-5 record and made the postseason, so the message of staying the course resonated among the players.
"The good thing for us is that it is Week 1," Jordan said. "We can adjust this. It's early."
Given the upcoming opponents, addressing whatever ailed the defensive unit in the regular-season opener would be the prudent thing for the Saints to accomplish.
Jordan later took to Twitter to reinforce his disappointment in the team's defensive effort and pointed the Saints will use the coming week to improve.