"He was just like this whole speech about just take a look in the mirror, everybody, coaches, players, everybody and get it corrected," Kenny Vaccaro said, via The Times-Picayune. "He wants to see the leaders on this team step up in times like this and get us out of this hole. That's what it's gonna take. Somebody."
At this point, Payton and everyone else knows that the mystique of the Saints from 2009 to 2013 is long gone. Brees is struggling to get passes off and the versatile run game -- such a crucial component to their success early under Payton -- is nonexistent.
Through five games, New Orleans has topped 100 rushing yards as a team just twice. Mark Ingram is averaging under four yards per carry and C.J. Spiller absolutely disappeared, registering just three catches and three carries against the Eagles on Sunday. In theory, he should be a more powerful Darren Sproles-type option in the passing game, but in practice, he is just another piece of this team looking at himself in the mirror.