CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New Orleans Saints coach Dennis Allen said the team is not considering a quarterback change despite its offensive struggles and inconsistency.
Quarterback James Winston He is dealing with a back injury that the Fox game broadcaster described as a “transverse fracture.” Winston said he was in pain and wore four protective pads and a custom backboard against the Panthers.
In addition, according to the Fox side reporter, “every time the pisos muscle is pressed, it makes it harder when weight is applied to the back leg.”
The Saints have struggled to move the ball in three games, except in the fourth quarter against the Falcons and Panthers. 38 of his 51 points this season have come in the fourth quarter.
“No, no. We all have to play better,” Allen said. “I don’t want to isolate anything, it’s clear that we have to make some adjustments and we have to do a better job as a team.”
The Saints didn’t score until the 12:31 mark of the fourth quarter. Running back Alvin Kamara The Saints were blocked by a field goal in the first quarter. Kicker Will Lutz He also missed a 48-yard field goal.
“I think everybody’s looking for a place to blame when you’re in these situations,” Allen said. “There are enough mistakes to go around, I don’t want to go there. I feel confident in James. For sure, we all have to do better and that’s what we do.”
The Saints are dealing with a lot of injuries on offense. They lost four forwards after a guard in the game. Andrus Peat and wide receivers Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry And Michael Thomas He was left with injuries. The group is already gone. Tessom Hill and wide receiver Deonte Harty.
Winston has gotten the most attention this season as he came into training camp recovering from a torn ACL last year, sprained his ankle in the preseason and injured his back in Week 1. week.
“He’s definitely a competitor, he’s a fighter, he’s tough,” Allen said. “Yeah, he’s struggling with some things. That’s part of playing football.”
Winston has refrained from publicly discussing his back injury, though he says it will heal and not be out for the rest of the season.
Although at one point during Sunday’s game, he appeared upset on the sideline after looking at a tablet with quarterback coach Ronald Curry and the backup quarterback. Andy Dalton.
Winston got up from the bench and started walking away before another assistant coach called him back. He went back to Curry, but he went again and was soon seen talking to the offensive line.
“I was trying to keep my emotions in check. Maybe it was a reaction to what I saw on the screens or something,” Winston said. “I don’t think it got any worse than that. Looks can be very deceiving.”
Winston has completed 63.5% of his passes for 858 yards, 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season. He was sacked 11 times.
“This team, this organization, has been there before, so we need a way to persevere, to run,” Winston said. “Look, evaluate ourselves and find ways to be better.”