Yeah, I'm sorry Cappy but I'm going to have to disagree with you. There was only 4 plays where I saw Dent out of position in coverage. And they weren't really him being out of position. He got beat early in the game on a checkdown to Sproles. But that was because Sproles is lightning fast, and even a much more athletic and faster LB like Spoon has trouble with him, so you cannot blame Dent on that one.
Then he got beat on the TD to Colston. Dent was actually in good position. Brees threw a perfect pass that even if Dent had turned and located the ball, he wouldn't have been able to make that play. Maybe Brian Urlacher circa 2004 could've made that play, but again, I wouldn't be upset with Dent for not being as good as a future HOF MLB in his prime.
I've attached some screen shots from Game Rewind's All 22
On the first 1, it shows right as Brees is about to release the ball. He has made his decision to hit Colston. As you can see, Dent is deeper than Colston.
On the second, it shows where the ball is (highlighted in yellow) at its highest trajectory. Again, Dent is even with Colston.
On the 3rd one, it shows just as Colston is about to lay out for the ball (again highlighted in yellow). But the ball is anywhere between 4-6 feet above Dent, that even if he had turned to locate the ball (and note he's a MLB not a safety/cornerback so I don't get too upset over his lack of ball skills).
That becomes even more clear in the 4th screenshot again which is taken a split second before the 3rd one where the ball (highlighted in yellow) is clearly in a place where it is impossible for Dent to make that play unless he's Manute Bol. That's an example of a perfect read and throw by Brees.
Later at the beginning of the 4th quarter, there is an instance where the Saints run a rollout to Colston, and Dent bites too hard and then slips when he tries to recover. Which gives Brees an easy completion to Colston.
The 1st screenshot shows Dent slipping trying to recover. BUt also note the position of William Moore and Jed Collins.
But you could also be equally mad at Moore on that play, because he came upfield from a position where he could've prevented the completion to Colston to try and cover the low read (Collins), thus giving Brees the open window to throw to Colston. Had he stayed at home on that play, it would have forced Brees to go to Collins, where Moore could have still be in position to make the quick stop after the catch and prevent the 1st down.
3rd screenshot just shows the location of defenders at point Colston makes grab.
Then there was a pass over the middle to Colston, that Brees threw over the top of him. BUt DeCoud was really out of position.
1st shot shows the location of Dent, DeCoud, and Colston just as Brees has begun his windup to throw.
Now I've highlighted the ball (in yellow) to show where Dent is at the point when he's actually in position to make the play. Someone explain to me who DeCoud is covering on this play? Because it looks to be grass, which is a no-no.
This is an even better shot (from the endzone) of how close Dent is to breaking up this throw. I can't fault him for that. This is really just Brees being Brees again and putting the ball in the perfect place, not Dent being out of position.
Unless there are other instances where you complain about DEnt's coverage, I'm not sure where else?
And you're talking about 4 plays where he was beat by arguably the most dangerous pass-catching RB in the NFL, and 3 other instances where he was beat by a Top 15 WR in the NFL, and 2 of those instances were really the result of great throws by the QB not because he was out of position.
I'm not trying to argue that Dent is some coverage maven. But the idea that Dent is terrible or poor in coverage, at least in this Saints game IMO is not accurate.