Saints Coach: Rams Aren't As Good As We Are

The Saints haven't gotten over the missed call that may have cost them a Super Bowl berth

Zach Gelb
January 28, 2019 - 9:57 am

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The New Orleans Saints believed they were going to play in Super Bowl LIII. After a missed call in the NFC Championship, however, they are not.

And they still haven’t gotten over it.

“It’s the most frustrated that I’ve been in my career,” Saints special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I really believed that we were going to win. Trust me, I respect the Rams. I think they’re a good football team. But I don’t think they’re as good as we are, and I don’t think they were going to beat us at home. I just didn’t believe it. That’s a very difficult pill to swallow.”

Nickell Robey-Coleman committed clear pass interference on Tommylee Lewis with less than two minutes to go in regulation in the NFC Championship. Only no flag was thrown. Instead of kicking a game-winning chip-shot field goal as time expired, the Saints lost, 26-23, in overtime. 

“I believed that was going to be our best challenger,” Westhoff said, “but I felt that if we played them five times, we’d beat them five times. I’m not being disrespectful to the Rams at all. I think they’re good. I just don’t think they’re as good as we were. And then all of a sudden it comes to that crazy play. You see every gamut of emotion that you can imagine.”

Shock. Anger. Heartbreak.

“None of us were ready to go home,” Westhoff said. “None of us. We were completely ready. I had the guys that work for me do a lot of work on both the Chiefs and the Patriots, particularly the Patriots. I made them emphasize the Patriots because I believed that’s who we were going to play. Not that I was studying it because I was not – I got enough in front of me. But guys that were helping me, they were preparing for the types of things that you take off and chart for the New England Patriots. That’s who I believed we’d play. Never once did I think our season was going to end.”