Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Is Drew Brees God? Which Falcon Player Do You Hate The Most?

Let me start by answering the latter question first.

Is it Matt Ryan?

Sure he's ugly as sin but hey so are most folk east of the Georgia line.

Is it THE Tony Gonzalez?

He of the trumped up self agrandized opinion whence he says his name in the starting Atlanta O players on TV?

Nah he's OK, he at least is good, played most of his career at the worst team in League history and deserves some grudging recognition.

Is it thunder thighs Turner himself?

Nah, he's just damn annoyingly efficient but I don't hate him.

Nah for me, hands down, the guy I wouldn't give a nickel to if his pants were on fire and he needed a cup of waters worth to douse those flames...

Yeah you guessed it

Roddy 'Am I stupid or is it just my face' White.

Preening, prancer, useless sack of sh*t, plum. A man so pointless I'm amazed I even remember his name. Oh yeah but then he is also that guy who bad mouths, at every opportunity, the divine perfection that is the Saints. Here's a guy in fact that if you were standing next to him in a firing squad you would cry so stupid is he as he continued to bad mouth the guys holding the guns.

"ready, aim"

"yeah you still a"

"fire!"

Drew Brees Perfection

This coming monday night is not only a chance to make Roddy White cry unbelievable floods of tears and spend the off season looking up brains on the interent but also a chance to watch Drew Brees remorselessly, brilliantly, perfectionately (is that an ately word?) sail into the record books as clearly the greatest quarterback that ever lived surpassing even Joe 'man I hated you as a kid cause you were so goog against us' Montana. In fact Brees probably has the chance to sail into the greatest man who ever lived period record books such is his brilliance, work ethic and ability to be a bloody good bloke.

So I take it at this time to declare that from this Sunday forward every sunday from now on will be declared hail Drew Brees day, our Quarterback, our saviour, defender of ecstasy and defender of the realm of our Parish.

Drew you are quite simply THE GREATEST QB who ever played the game and I thank you for making this old fossil at least happy again despite the crappy times we live in. You are a shining light of work ethic, dignity and morality and I salute you for being a class apart.

Should you not make the Marino record for any reason know at least that you have helped people be happy every sunday for the past few years which is more than I can say ever happened for most of the previous 30.

One man, one Legend.

Now Roddy White go read up on what it is to be a man you toad.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top 5 Predictable Things TV Analysts Say About The Saints

It's primetime TV and the nation is tuning in to watch a game from the Super Dome (I'm not calling it that sponsored thing ever). The analysts are on the mic and having just read up on the Saints they are all set to trot out a set of boringly predictable dross to try and clue up a nation. Here we yawn go:

1. Analyst says: That pass broken up by Tracy Porter who you may remember intercepted Manning to seal the deal for the Saints at the Super Bowl in '09...

What they really mean - I don't pay enough attention to the Saints to know whether he's done anything of any significance in the meantime. He's the one wearing number 22 right?

2. Analyst says: The Saints ground game has been outstanding this year with all three backs, Thomas, Sproles and Ingram, sharing the load on a rotating basis. Of course Reggie Bush left for Miami in the off season.

What they really mean - We have to find a way to shoe horn Reggie Bush's name into it somehow if just for the fair weather fans who know diddly squat about the other names I just read out.

3. Analyst says: And up front are the two best guards in the league Nicks and Hicks. Everything starts with them up front.

What they really mean - I haven't got a clue if they still are the best because I pay so little attention to what most guards are doing so let's just assume they are I mean who's going to know otherwise so long as we keep saying they are.

4. Analyst says: Sproles is probably the best free agent acquisition this past off season. Can you think of anyone else that even comes close?

What they really mean - I can't remember last night let alone the off season, someone help me out here.

5. Analyst says: Is there a louder crowd in the league? You walk around this town at night and it is always lively.

What they really mean - I'm amazed I got home last night with my pants still on given how loaded I was. My I do love these weekends away from home.


And now for the top 5 things they're unlikely to ever say

1. Brees really needs to do some more stretching.

2. The Saints are yet to blitz in this half.

3. Patrick Robinson does not start every play 10 yards off his receiver. It's just something he does'nt do.

4. Sedrick Ellis in with the tackle, one of the leagues premier DT's there and one of the biggest steals in recent draft memory.

5. Man I hate this crowd. A bunch of whining spoilt brats everyone of them. They need to learn humility and grace like the fans in Atlanta always display.

Peace be upon you Who Dat nation and all who sail on you.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Why David Thomas' absence is going to hurt down the stretch

A couple of years back, during our Super Bowl winning campaign, I used to flippantly joke that David Thomas was a future Hall of Famer. I did this from a sense of Saints luxury. Drew Brees seemed to have so many weapons at his disposal that anytime the ball made its way to Thomas I felt the guy needed an honorary beef up so marginalised was he from recognition.


Well now that same sense of humour is paying its penance as David Thomas looks set for a prolonged spell on the side lines.

You see it's not that Thomas is the greatest Tight End on the planet, far from it, but he brings a work ethic and versatility that is much needed to the Saints offense. He is the 3rd check down guy, Mr dependable with a safe pair of hands for a 3 yard gain. He's the guy who can be relied upon to put his neck on the line blocking an elite pass rusher coming off the edge. He is, in short, a great team player.

Yes we have an abundance of riches in Colston, Graham, Sproles, Moore, Meachem, Thomas (Mr Screen) and even Henderson but for me Thomas offers something else and that is, to borrow the kind of garbled phraseology a Presidential contender would entertain in a public debate, dependientability. His loss is the Saints loss because of that and every chink in the overall awesomnessability (see I'm on a roll, is it too late to make a late run?) of the Saints O is another mm of daylight the Packers have over us.

Which makes Monday night’s game all the more noticeable. For we are about to play an excellent front four on the Giants D line and we need every blocking option we can to slow their attack. Give Brees time and he can pick apart anyone especially if the opposing D need to bring more than the front 4 so leaving holes in coverage. The Saints have a well-trained receiving corps who are adept at finding the soft in a zone D and Brees will exploit this.

As such I think this game will once again be won or lost by our O line. If we can keep the big blue at bay we have a heck of a good shot at marching on. Lose and we're looking over our shoulders afresh. This is why David Thomas is a sad loss. Yes we've been fine without him to date this season but in the tight games against the better teams I want my best unit avaiable and he is an important cog in the system. Anything that makes the whole weaker is important. Death by a thousand cuts and all that. Let's hope Strief and Bushrod get some help on the edges or we could see the Brees INT number up by a couple.

Get well Mr Thomas. I used to joke about you but now I know the value of a good team player. Dependable Dave is my new moniker for you. Wear the name well on your return.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Let's Get Ready To Rumble/The Falcons Are Going Down

So the time has come, it's finally down to the real business, it's finally THE FALCONS GAME.

And what a game we have in store. A Saints win and we still have a decent chance of playing at least one game at home in the playoffs. A Saints loss and we're in trouble with the remaining schedule plus it will SUCK big balls to lose to the Spandex wearers.

So I have 5 tips to share with the team this week.

1. Protect Brees
2. Protect Brees
3. Stop Michael Turner
4. Cover Gonzalez on 3rd down/Red Zone
5. Kick Matt Ryan in the balls when he's lying prone on the floor.

OK so that's simple enough right? Ick, probably not but we live in hope.

One way or the other the D needs to win the take away war as they'll no doubt give up some big yardage to the annoyingly able Cack Cans. Without take aways we all get hungry (in my house anyway) so Jenkins, Greer (catch it dude, you keep reading the plays and then look like you're trying to catch an eel in fog), Harper read Ryans eyes (I know it's hard staring into those big vacuous spaces of cloud dust but try) and make a play on the ball.

Dunbar, Casillas, Smith and Co. punch that ball with all your might as thunder thighs Turner passes you. Ellis, Rodgers, Franklin, just plough forward like you've never ploughed before for we have to collapse that pocket. And Morstead, ah my man Morstead, continue to give our D a chance by making those incredible punts and touch backs and give the Trash Cans no space to work with.

As for the O it's all on the front 5. Protect, protect, protect. Oh yeah and open holes, open holes, open holes. Meachem and Henderson please try and get in the game again. The rest play to your normal strengths and we're in with a shout.

Now for my favorite jokes of the week as just made up by me.

What do you call a Falcon with a low IQ? A typical Falcons fan.

What do you call a Falcons fan who is a member of Mensa? You can't, how can you describe that which does not exist?

What's the difference between the entire Falcons roster and a bag of turd? Nothing.

Why did the Falcons fan cross the road? To avoid being laughed at by just about everyone who's ever existed.

What did the die hard Falcons fan say to the other die hard Falcons fan? So like where is the Georgia Dome anyhow?

What did the other die hard Falcons fan say to the other two die hard Falcons fans? Man this sure is a strange game of basketball, are we in the right place?

Yes you heard me right Falcon fans, the most fickle bunch of preening whingers anywhere. Support your team when they're winning why don't ya but pretend like you've never heard of them during times of trouble. You know who you are. Now go suck an egg.

Who Dat!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Embarressing, shocking, sloppy - Saints O line finally found out

Well what can I say about that? The Saints couldn't run the ball against the most porous run defense in the league (not that that's a surprise given how uterally useless we've been all season at opening holes) and now they can't pass protect. It all comes from up front and we were hopeless.

It's one of the fundamentals of football. You run the ball to set up play action. We can't run the ball though. We can't open up holes. We can't push people around. We can't even protect Brees now. We are, to put it bluntly, an O line short of a championship team. And I just don't get it.

When you have 2 Pro Bowl guards you expect some daylight to open for backs. Instead, and I've laboured this point all season, we have an O line that gets pushed back into the RBs play after play. I mean its not even funny. Reminds me of Dan Marino and the Dolphins of late 80's/early 90's lore. Season after season of promise fundamentally undercut by an inability to run.

Gutted and saddened beyond words. We're all meat and no trousers.

And as for the run D. Still can't stop the Steven Jackson Rams yet again. He was a one man team in 2009 against us and was back again today eating up yardage with effortless ease.

But I'm not going to get down on the D. They kept us in the game for most of it and bar the blocked punt would probably have kept the score to a respectable 10 at the half. No it's all aboout Bushrod, Nicks, De La Puente, Hicks and Brown. 5 guys who need to come good fast, sort out the blatant deficiencies that have been apparant for too long or watch the big game from home in January knowing they were responsible for blowing it all.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Why the Saints lost to the Bucs

I've waited all week to watch this game. I am out of the country and had to wait until it became available online. I've just watched it and I am pissed.

Why'd the Saints lose?

Was it because of the turnovers? Sure it was a big factor but it's not the rotten apple at the core of the problem.

Was it the needless penalties? Again they didn't help but they could have been over come.

Was it Sean Payton's injury? Nope, I think the Saints coped pretty well bar the lack of timeout call with 2.15 left on the game clock.

Ok so what was it? Well you see it's that big old elephant in the room that we all keep pretending/hoping isn't there but has been the achilles heel the past couple of seasons. I am of course talking about our O line.

What the one with 3 pro bowlers on it?

Yes the very same. Last year we all thought it was the injuries that did it for the running game. Having a revolving back door of backs was certainly a problem and made us throw more than was necessary. But it actually hid the underlying reason.

You see it doesn't matter how good your backs are, and for me we have the best trio of backs and balance in Saints history. No it's all to do with the fact that the big men up front could not open a hole in a soggy paper bag if their lives depended upon it. In fact they would lose out to my grandma at doing it.

All Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas saw through the middle all day was white jerseys. If they saw a black jersey it was 3 yards in the backfield being pushed fast in their direction. It was like looking for light in a vacuum!

I don't know how or what the Saints are going to be able to do about it but it all starts up front and frankly these five are going to be the undoing of us.

All comes back to Pre Season

It goes right the way back to pre season. I was bitching about it back then but got sucked into that 'well they seem to open holes in the 4th when we're winning so I guess they're ok' but frankly they're not. They have no push whatsoever. To say Nicks and Hicks are big men with big reputations is a source of embarressment. Those two need to look themselves in the eyes and figure out how to make the most of their athletic gifts or this promising season will crash down all around us when the potential is there for a genuine tilt at the big game.

Plain and simple we were in a position to win the game late in the fourth on 4th and 2 and Brees threw an interception. Why's that not on Brees you may ask? Well most other teams in the league would trust their inside running game to at least ground out some yards to get it in or failing that to have pounded out some inside yards at some point in the game on 2nd and 3rd and short situations to set up some genuine play fakes.

Instead Brees had to go to the air yet again when it was not necessary - or at the least he would have been able to make a genuine attempt at a play fake had there been any kind of a running game but instead the Bucs just sat back in coverage knowing very well it was going to be Brees or nothing.

In Mark Ingram we have an inside back who can pound out good yardage if given half a chance. He has 2nd and 3rd efforts that really do mark comparison with the great E.Smith. He's a guy who could be the mainstay of this team. Instead we hand him the ball time and again and ask him to beat the whole front 5 or front 7 all on his own. It's not fair on the kid. The big men up front are vets and they are letting him and the team down.

Time to put up or shut up in the trenches or this season is going to be one massive missed opportunity.

Big shout outs

Malcom Jenkins for impecable reading of the game. Ok he was at fault for a TD but he got there on 3 battered balls to kill drives. Heck of a team leader.

Patrick Robinson for continued development reading game and anticipation. Killed one series single handedly in its tracks.

Jimmy Graham for being the most immense addition to any Saints team in history. I love this guy.

Marques Colston for getting back to his best.

Thomas Morstead for always giving the Saints D a chance with booming kicks.

Sean Payton for dealing with a horrific injury by making it look like he'd merely been stung by a wasp and for getting on with it.

Drew Brees for almost getting it done despite a poor first half by his standards. Yes there were 3 picks but one should have been caught by Meachem, the other I've discussed leaving only one that he really put out there as a bad throw.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Saints V Panthers pre game debate

James, Jeff and Mike from the Times-Picayune talk about how the Saints D will be go after the Panthers QB Cam Newton. I say get a nice crisp Harper and Jenkins double Safety blitz hit early doors and watch him question what he's doing on the field.




Here’s a compilation video of the Saints Touchdowns from weeks 1 to 4 against the Packers, Bears, Texans and the Jaguars. To enjoy this video even more my tip of the day is to get some masking tape, sneak up behind that lone Falcons/Trash Cans fan at work, bind them to their chair and then make them watch this video on a loop whilst you dance all around singing Who Dat and 3 and 1 over and over and over and over and...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Saints Finally Bring Team A Game

We've waited a while but finally the Saints brought their A game on all sides of the ball. We looked more hungry than the Bears overall in fact.

On the D side we pursued harder, gang tackled, did an excellent job in man coverage (Jabari Greer outstanding!) and got penetration up front. 6 sacks was a telling end statistic.

On the O side I thought the line did an incredible job of keeping the likes of Julius Peppers quite. Beyond a couple of 1st Quarter mentions in fact we barely even heard his name. That is testament to a much improved display by the guys in the pits.

Add to that the running game actually got going with all 3 backs gaining decent yardage and you've got to say we look like the real deal if we can continue to open holes for them.

Brees was pretty much flawless and hit Devery Henderson with an inch perfect bomb en route to a 79 yard TD. He even managed to get Meachem into the game and Mr Butterfingers himself caught every ball thrown his way and really stepped up to the plate in Marques Colstons absence.

Add to that another fine display by Jimmy Graham and you have to give the O an A rating as well.

Even on special teams we were pretty much all there. Thomas Morstead has one of the best legs in the business and managed to keep the ball away from Devin Hester most of the time. Sproles looked dangerous again on returns and it's surely only a matter of time before he breaks another big one and the coverage teams finally learnt how to tackle so again another A rating for them.

The Good

* The D learnt how to tackle

* The D brought consistent pressure

* Jabari Greer knocked down ball on third down, defended another pass to Devin Hester with perfect coverage and made an open field tackle on Forte. Great day by this unsung Stallion!

* Jimmy Graham creates mismatches all over field - still a long way to go but could be the next Tony Gonzalez

* Robert Meacham for catching all passes thrown his way and restoring faith that he can catch the ball in clutch situations

* The Saints front 7 for bringing the heat and for sustained penetration

* Sproles, Ingram and Thomas for being the 3 pronged sucker punch we envisaged and now see as reality. Great inside running by Ingram in particular one time pumping his legs for 8 yards that he had no right to gain

* Thomas Morstead for just being consistently excellent in his execution

* The O line for an outstanding job all day.

The Bad

* The Zebras. A number of bad calls in the first half put coach Payton on the road to a coronary. Harper did not rough the passer, Meachem was hit late and out of bounds + another incident that my brain can't recall right now

* Malcolm Jenkins dropped a blatant pick... although we can forgive him this one indiscretion as we know it won't happen again, right Malcolm?

* Forte 42 yard run in 1st went untouched by any defender. Add to that a 17 yard reception in which he broke 2 bad tackles and some of the Saints main frailties were once again out in the open

* Red zone conversions still a concern. The pitch to Ingram was a bad call and they still don't seem to trust the inside run down at the goal line. With 2 Pro Bowl guards you'd really like to think we could convert in such situations but apparently not and accordingly Payton doesn't trust them to get the push in those situations.

Game Vs The Texans

If we can bring that same kind of intensity, hustle and heat on a consistent basis we'll be a match for anyone especially the Texans. We have to continue line penetration with the front 4 rather than always bringing the house as quick release QBs may well pick us apart down the stretch if we always have to bring everyone.

I hope the Bears game wasn't a red herring because of their poor O line. It's difficult to judge whether we've turned the corner or whether this was an anomaly. I guess we'll find out in a few days’ time.

I'm encouraged by Jonathan Casillas and Jo-Lonn Dunbar in the pass rush. With Will Smith back and Turk McBride also putting in a good performance who's to say this isn't the start of something better, after all new personnel take time to acclimatise so maybe we're about to see the promise fulfilled.

Still the pessimist doubts remain. Let's hold judgement until after the Texans.

In the meantime Reggie who? Sad to say as I do believe the guy cared and worked hard for the team but you couldn't find a more ready-made replacement and improvement in Darren Sproles. North south running, great in the flat and what speed in the return. Truly a major acquisition. I believe he'll be the same kind of catalyst for the O as Darren Sharper was for the D in '09.

Heal up Marques!

And Finally

2 videos for you. First up Pat Williams and Brian Blessing preview the Saints Texans game this coming Sunday, September 25.




And a short promo vid about home school kids and the Saints.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sean Payton's Long Lost Brother Turns Up Refereeing English Premier League Game

No sooner had I finished watching the Saints on Sunday than I started watching the English Premier League game between Manchester United and Chelsea on Fox and noticed the referee bore a striking resemblance to our very own Sean Payton.

It's not so much a question of separated at birth as conjoined twins at birth!

Not sure what I'm going on about? Well may I submit to the court items 1, 2 and 3!




That or coach Payton, not satisfied with the first all round team performance for some time on all sides of the ball, managed to referee the game in the UK only minutes before the big kick off in the Dome.

Strange things are afoot people. Be watchful, be very watchful.

Post game analysis to follow soon.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saints Need To Improve Up Front And Fast For Bears Game

Just watched the

beat the


and it's got me worried.

On Thursday night the Packers dominated us on both lines. Watching the way the


totally dominated in the trenches leaves me thinking we could be in for a long night.

The


O line are going to have their work cut out. Last week the holes opened for the backs were miniscule. It ain't gonna get any easier this week.

And if they are to keep


off his ass they are going to need to be on their A game or


and Co. are going to have a field day.

On the other side of the ball our front 7 brought about as much pressure as a small ant on an elephants back. Despite the new guys in the line up it was the same old story. If we can't bring more heat the secondary is just going to get picked apart.

Without


we don't have a pass rush. All the stunts and corner blitz's in the world aren't going to carry us all the way unless the big boys up front can bring it with 4.

Best get working your asses off messers


+


and


as you're in for a big game. Start lifting the weights.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Reflections on Saints Packers Game

Hmm. Some good, some bad on Thursday. Some great O, some poor D. What else is new?

I was heartened by the running game. I thought all 3 backs made important contributions.
was back to his 2009 standard after last years ankle problems. He looked sharp and full of running. I always feel so much better if he's getting a lot of the ball. Mr reliable.

also did a good job with some inside running. Whilst he was denied near the goalline he didn't really stand a chance. Payton should have gone with him again on 4th.

But the break out performance was obviously by
What an addition to the team. Reggie who? North to South running when taking a hand off, unbelievable break away speed on his returns and a go to receiver in clutch situations. Love him. What a player!

Real bad news that we've lost

for at least 4 weeks with a broken collarbone. He is key to our O. With


also struggling with a groin injury (something that only rest heals and something that's liable to recur if he's rushed back) we're going to be short for the Bears game.

That leaves us with Mr 'I can only catch 2 in 3 thrown my way'

and


Not something that leaves me full of confidence.

I'll follow up on my in depth analysis of the D later as its almost college football time and I need to find my wallet.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Revenge Time for 2008 Humbling? Let's Hope Not

Remember the 51-29 whipping the Saints put on the Green Bay Packers in 2008? Well the Packers haven’t. Let's hope they don't exact revenge. My gut says they won't although the Saints D still concerns me.



Responsibility has its rewards, be a responsible driver and reap the rewards after. Well at least that's the message I take from this kind of amatuer but well intentioned video. Don't drink and drive as it's just stupid numb nuts would be my version.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Saints Packers Season Opener

Family Falconer are back from a weeks vacation just in time (no coincidence I might add) for the season opener. It's a strange one going on vacation just before the big kick off. Part of you is wanting the trip to stretch on forever and the other part just cannot wait for the football to begin.

So now I've made my bed and I need to lie in it. But that's OK for now because the season is an open road we are about to get started on and for now everything is possible.

As such I thought I'd share a couple of good Saints Packers previews to get this week's posts under way.

Here’s “The Czar of the Playbook’’ Emory Hunt previewing the season opener.



Next up Brian Blessing and Kenny White share their views on the past two Super Bowl winners.



Should be great. I have the Saints by 3!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pierre Thomas Getting Back To His Best + Training Camp Talk

The league's most underrated starting HB Pierre Thomas talking about the Saints ground game and his health. Love Pierre. He's such a great asset to the Saints. I hope he has a great year as that will mean we're in business.



SportsNOLA.com's Ken Trahan and Lenny Vangilder break down the Saints training camp to date including the move to Oxnard and the implications for the team. I like what they say about Morgan. I do wonder if Devery Henderson could be vulnerable given his drop off last year. Maybe not but always good to keep the heat on until the end of camp.



Take a peak at the Saints in practise at their Training Camp in Oxnard, California.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Sean Payton Unhappy With Team And With Good Reason

Apart from the fact that our first string D couldn't stop the run or passing game I thought we looked pretty good against the Texans - well at least when the D was stood on the sidelines.

Particularly impressive were most of the guys trying to lay claim to the starting spots. At one time I saw Paul Oliver standing with his hand on hip and helmet in the other. I took this to be a good sign. Now if he can just improve that stance by placing two hands in his lap whilst sitting in the stands I'd feel a lot better about our chances. In fact if the whole D could do that for the rest of the week and study game film that would be good.

What they'd start to notice is the fact they got man handled by a not overly good Houston front. Running lanes the size of the Atlantic were open, time was had in the pocket and I think I even saw Matt Schaub knitting a jumper at one point such was the time afforded to his drop backs.

Oh well, it is still pre season, the coaches haven't had the players for that long but I do hope it serves as a wake up call. Some fires need to be lit under some players asses this week if they want to keep their jobs.

In better news the more I see of Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles the more I think our O will fly this year. Add to that the fact butter fingers Meacham took a very difficult over the shoulder catch and things are on the up in places (did I spy stickem on his gloves?).

The continued development of Chase Daniels is another plus point as is the emergence of wee Mr Morgan. Will he make the team? I sure hope so on the evidence of these two outings. A wildcard if ever I saw one.

So overall some hope and some nail biting ahead.



And now to really whet your appetites here's the kick off commercial for the Saints and Packers game. Let's get ready to rumble!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Saints Training Camp Videos

A couple of vids from the training facility today. I love watching practise even if through a shaky hand cam.

Here's one of Brees working out with his WR's.



Hang on in there for this one as eventually you'll see a nice Darren Sproles cut back en route to a score.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Saints Camp and Pre Season Black And Gold Report Breakdown

Here's a good in depth breakdown from the boys at Times-Picayune on the Saints Camp and Pre Season 1st game.



It was worrying to see the complete lack of running lanes for most run plays. Unless the boys upfront can start to get it done it doesn't matter who we have in the backfield as they ain't gonna go anywhere. That remains troubling. It's like having gold in the bank when all you need is a dollar for a candy bar.

Great to see Will Smith powering in. Back to being fast and sharp.

I saw yesterday some goon on the message board over at NOLA questioning whether Brees should be replaced by Daniels. I don't know about you but that was one dumb question and made me open the window just to let the bad smell off my computer.

How can anyone question Brees' right to the starting job. Ludicrous. Yes the O didn't click at all times last year but Brees remains head and shoulders the most important individual on the roster and it was only because others weren't doing their jobs at times that he had to force things. How many of his picks last year were from tipped balls? Answer, a lot.

Some people don't know which side their bread is buttered on.

Interesting to hear Williams is dialling up more 3-4 sets. Whilst we don't have the LB's of the Dome Patrol era to get it done from the OLB positions I trust in Williams to go through these motions to keep the opposing O's on their toes. The more he out thinks the fox the more I like our chances.

Finally

Jon Stinchcomb leaving is a big shot in the ass for anyone getting complacent. A great guy and team player who unfortunately was not getting it done as well last year because of injury. Clearly the coaches felt he wasn't going to get back to his peak so they had to let him go.

That kind of decision reinstills the need for guys to concentrate and work hard as emotion doesn't come into personel decisions and that's the way it should be.

Jon you were a top leader, a great player and a great guy and we salute you. I hope you find a home elsewhere.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jon Stinchcomb released

A sad day any time a stalwart of the team leaves and so its only right to say thank-you to Jon Stinchcomb for all the hard work and effort he put into being the best he could be for our Saints.

Clearly a big presence in the locker room and someone who will be missed. Good luck Jon to you and your family and I know everything pans out for you.

Clearly Coach Payton was torn by the decision. Like anything you work with good people day in day out but the practicalities of life and business sometimes mean you have to move on and let your head rule your heart.



Jon Stinchcomb, a linchpin of the Saints 1st Super Bowl win and a great guy all round. Who Dat Jon!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Saints 49ers Post Game Analysis

Things we learned this week:

Good stuff
* Free agent rookie Joseph Morgan knows how to make a nice cut in a return and could be an outside bet for a spot on this team,

* The pass rush looked good and we got like a gazzilion sacks,

* Mark Ingram nabbed the first of the 250 career touchdowns he'll score in a Saints uniform en route to a Hall of Fame spot - A 'Where were you when' moment if ever I saw one,

* Chase Daniel was pretty good and it was great to see Courtney Roby getting time as a receiver (I love Mr pineapple head).

Bad stuff

* No matter how much you want football to return you suddenly remember you have to get through a heck of a lot of mediocre pre season football to get through,

* Robert Meachem still has butter for fingers,

* The 35 yard line kick off will mean 100% touch backs in most games,

* Drew Brees got hit from behind below the knee on the first series. I literally lost it for 0.024573 seconds until I realised he was OK. Still I'll never get those 0.024573 seconds back.

OK now the latest on Tracy Porter, Marques Colston and other news from the Saints camp.



Friday, August 12, 2011

The Saints Are Coming

Check out this nice combination of Saints clips from recent years which also highlights some of our boys positions in the NFL top 100. Nice to see Colston getting some much overdue recognition at number 53 and General Doom Vilma at 37.

Next season I predict we'll see even more make that top 100 list after our march to the Super Bowl (getting ahead of myself? You better believe it).




And here's a very short vid of Brees throwing deep to Robert Meachem during training camp and not connecting. Dare I say some things will never change? Nah, he'll get there. Come on Robert, this is your break out year. Focus, focus, focus.



Thursday, August 11, 2011

Saints Running Game Garnering Attention

Finally it seems some of the national press are waking up to the potential beast of a backfield the Saints are likely to deploy this coming season and it truly makes the heart sing.

In this USA Today piece Jon Saraceno breaks down the key attributes and skills on offer by our multi talented core and concludes that we could have a hum dinger (well der - but then what's obvious to us may not have registered league wide until now so I'll let you off Jon).

He points out the productivity breakdown between Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles and it truly makes for great reading.

To paraphrase "In 78 NFL games, Sproles has produced nearly 10,000 all-purpose yards. Bush, in 60 games, has less than 5,000. "Bang for your buck," Bobby Hebert says."

Who Ahh! Play action baby.

Speaking of which here's a good interview with Drew 'Play Action Oscar Winner' Brees on the teams' prospects.
http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/09000d5d8215d4f5/A-cool-Brees

And just when you thought it couldn't get any better here's some analysis on our much maligned Special Teams.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Saints Training Camp Interview with Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Jabari Greer

Good to hear Saints LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar eulogising about the tough running of Mark Ingram. The way he says it we may well have the next Emmit Smith on our hands (well hey you've got to think positive!).



Next up Saints cornerback Jabari Greer talks about the plus points of moving their upcoming practices to Oxnard, California. Go Jabari! Gotta love this man.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Saints Depth Chart and Front 7 Video Analysis

Jeff Duncan takes an in-depth look at the Saints depth chart following the first week of training camp. As always some sound analysis from Mr Duncan.



Shame to hear Heath Evans is on his way out since this vid was made. A great locker room guy and option when healthy. Good luck Heath, I'm sure you'll have success wherever you go.

Now here's a vid reflecting on the Saints front 7 from last season. It's going to be much changed come kick off. By all intents and purposes it should be improved but we wait and hope.

If we can find a fix and a solid run stuffing unit we will be an incredibly balanced team so here's hoping. I like the signings to date so looking forward to seeing the boys in action.



Monday, August 8, 2011

Drew Brees Training Camp Video

After the long absence from football its great to see the first real flickers of action as captured in this footage from the Saints training camp.

Drew Brees drops back in the pocket and looks down field, with receivers covered he scrambles to his left and unleashes a bullet to Lance Moore who scampers into the end zone.

OK so I'm a bad commentater but heck you can see from yourself from this footage that the magic is coming together.



And now that has got you in the mood how about a bit of a fans mash up video to get you counting the days even faster.

Friday, August 5, 2011

First Impressions on Mark Ingram

Exciting initial report on Mark Ingrams first practises alternating with Pierre. That sucker punch could be great. Throw in Sproles and Ivory and you've just got versitility in every way.



Still a shame to hear Lynell Hamilton has been cut. He was really unlucky to lose his shot last year with the ACL. A real team player and someone coach Payton loved.

Let's hope he gets picked up and given the shot he deserves. Should he not then I'm sure we'll sign him up come mid season.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

David Thomas Talks About Drew Brees Plus Excellent Season Trailer

Every day my nerves jingle each time I check for updates on the Saints front office decisions. Sometimes its great, Lance Moore, Darren Sproles, sometimes not so great but understandable, Reggie Bush, Randall Gay, Jonathan Goodwin.

Still I largely feel we've kept the real key components and one such player is Tight End David Thomas. He's much underrated. What I love is his team ethic and the fact he is always open in the check down and a safe pair of hands for Brees to go to.

As such it was excellent news to hear him agreeing to terms with the team on Tuesday. Here’s Thomas talking about Brees and how he came to the decision.




Also check out this excellent short teaser trailer for the upcoming season. Man it got me pumped. I can't wait for this to begin. This is our year!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Malcom Jenkins Highlights Video

Here’s a video of Saints Safety Malcom Jenkins highlighting his days at Ohio State until his times in New Orleans. What a football player we have on our hands. Barring injury we could have a Pro Bowl lock down for the next decade at that position.



And welcome to the team Cam Jordan. I'm hoping your quarterback eating skills will see Jenkins nab himself a couple of extra picks this year.

Jeff Duncan breaks down the Saints' undrafted rookies

Jeff Duncan from Times-Picayune made this special report about the New Orleans Saints’ undrafted rookie free agents following their workout on day four of training camp.



What are your early impressions of these rookies? And which rookie overall is going to have the biggest impact? Cam, Wilson, Ingram or other?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Drew Brees Talked Sproles Into Signing

Check out this interview with Drew from training camp. By the sounds of it he had a big hand in turning the head and focus of Darren Sproles the Saints way.



If true this tells us that Sproles came here to win rather than just chase money from other potential suitors. I like that. I like that a lot.

With players of that calibre now attracted to the Saints on the basis of wanting to end their careers with titles that can only be a good thing. Hopefully we'll bag a few more such players and may even convince a few more of our free agents to turn down bigger deals elsewhere on the basis that this is a winning team and there are only so many 0's on a pay check that can compensate you for a Super Bowl ring.

Call me naive but if I was playing that's what I'd be thinking. Sure earn some good money for playing the game you love but retire with the title cause then the future takes care of itself!

Who Dat.

Saints Sign Darren Sproles!!

Oh my lordy lord I never really expected that! I thought he was totally out of our pay bracket. This is unbelievable news.

To lose the talents of Reggie was sad but understanable given the cap restraints but to then replace him with a guy who gives you a 'comparable skill set' as coach Payton stated is a huge statement of intent. It means we have a premier kick and punt returner, 3rd down back and somehow who can create those misalignments that Payton so loves.

Here's some of the talent we can expect.



This is great, great news. With a backfield consisting of Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Chris Ivory and Darren Sproles I think you would be hard pushed to find a better unit in the league! It's a complete set.

You've got your hard running between the tackles, short yardage options. Some great outside break away options, backfield blocking as well as a set of versatile receivers out of the backfield.

To have that on the field next to Brees, one of the best O lines going and a talented set of receivers (well if a couple can up their hand consistency) you've got to think this is the most complete O unit in the league.

Moore, Bushrod and Sproles in the space of 24 hours = awesome.

Sad to see Randall Gay, Reggie and Remi Ayodele heading out as all have given great survice. I hope they go on to good things.

Still concerned about that soft underbelly on D but I'm sure Payton and Co. have it in hand. The next 48 hours could be revealing.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Breakdown of the Saints Undrafted Free Agent 2011 Class

Great article over on Nola about the 20 undrafted free agents linking up with the Saints. Given Coach Paytons ability to find some diamonds in the rough this list makes for interesting reading.

http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2011/07/new_orleans_saints_undrafted_f.html

On a separate but ridiculously brilliant note I am beyond happy that the Saints signed up Lance Moore for another 5 years. Not only is he a selfless team player but he's one of the most underrated receivers in the league, a reliable clutch go to guy for Brees and an all round contributer to the team ethic.

Less happy but not surprised that luxury of luxuries Reggie Bush is off to the Dolphins. I was always a fan of Reggies but even I can't ignore the production output when set against the cost of his contract.

It's the least surprising deal of the summer in many ways but good luck to him. With Mark Ingram in town along with Pierre 'Quality' Thomas and Chris 'Going Places' Ivory I have no worries that we'll cope.

Still we'll miss some of these moments.



Slightly more concerned about the site of Remi Ayodele packing his bags to the Vikings. He's a decent fill in the front 7 so I hope the back office know what they're doing on this one. Obviously we can't keep everyone but I'm still concerned about that under belly of our D.

Eyes to Twitter folks as no doubt more every minute!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Saints Sign Wide Receiver Michael Galatas

Another free agent signing for the Saints is wide receiver Michael Galatas. In case you've not been tracking his progress take a look at his vitals in the NFL Draft Scout Page.

Saints Sign Running Back C.J. Gable

Now that the owners/players dispute is over we can get back to concentrating on football and what a season we potentially have in store. Not only do the Saints have one of the best rosters on paper in team history but we're also nabbing some decent free agants.

Step forward running back C.J. Gable who was signed yesterday. Here’s short preview of his career to date in the NFL.



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Orleans Saints 2009 - Mission Miami

The following excellently produced videos chart the Saints dramatic road to Superbowl XLIV. Great to watch time and again!





This video highlights the NFC Championship game vs. the Minnesota Vikings.



Super Bowl Magic

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Remember The First Saints Game Post Katrina?

This video was posted up on YouTube just the other day and gave me pause for thought as the Saints went into Carolina and nailed a hard fought victory on a very emotional day for the teams and fans.

The funny thing about the video is the audio is way out of sync with the video so you get to hear what is coming a good 10 seconds before you see it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Orleans Saints Season Highlights 2004 & 2010

What a strange combination right but hey ho!

Let’s travel back in time, way back to 2004.




And these videos are a compilation of Saints 2010 Season Highlights which were shown on ESPN the other night.

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF7eVrWVTHU&feature=youtube_gdata
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1mfkwBvlHE&feature=youtube_gdata
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdrOUOn0VOU&feature=youtube_gdata
Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2Is-nk1cd0&feature=youtube_gdata

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mark Ingram Set Up Foundation For Kids

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is making solid use of his reputation by starting a foundation aiming to help children.



Also worth checking out this NFL Network debate regarding who is really the best quarterback out there. Still feel I'd go with Drew Brees everytime. I know I'm biased but the guy remains my all time hero and the guy I'd back every single time!

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d8209c74b/Best-of-the-rest-Quarterbacks?module=HP_cp2

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 4th Of July Reflections New Orleans Saints Style

Ahh, the time of year where you get to enjoy pyrotechnics, beers and grills. Enjoy this recipe and some of the videos of the New Orleans Saints.












Monday, July 4, 2011

Great New Orleans Saints Highlights Video

This video includes some great highlights from the New Orleans Saints in recent years. Posted on you tube on July 1st. Well worth a look. Enjoy!

Bum Phillips Recalls Career Highlights

Take a trip down memory lane and witness some of the greatest events in the career of Bum Phillips from his days with the Nederland Bulldogs, Port Neches-Groves Indians, University of Houston Cougars, San Diego Chargers, Houston Oilers and of course the New Orleans Saints.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Saints 1st Win In The Superdome Remembered Plus Meachem & Hamilton Join The Circus

Do you remember those halcyon days when the Saints were total garbage and couldn't string a scoring drive together if Sugar Ray Robinson threatened to beat every last one of them to a pulp?

Yeah well for some it doesn't feel so long ago so here's a nice reminisce on the first time the Saints won in the Superdome to begin their slow ascent to greatness.
Arhchie Manning joy!



And here's a vid of Robert Meachem and Lynell Hamilton having some fun if not quite a career change.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Eli & Peyton Manning in Football Cops Behind The Scenes

Here's something Archie Manning probably never envisaged for his sons, rolls as pseudo Village People New York Cops impersonating the Beastie Boys.


It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it dagnabbit!

5 Saints Who Should Be In The Saints Hall Of Fame

New Orleans resident Patrick Michael put together the following list over at Yahoo Sports of the 5 Saints players who should be inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame.

Do you agree? Let's take a look.


5. LB Mark Fields (1995-2000) - Michaels argues that Fields was incredibly gifted, recorded 23 sacks, went to the Pro Bowl and once memorably chased down Isaac Bruce from behind. All fair points but should he join Joe Federspiel as the only non Dome Patrol LB in the HOF? Hmm, on balance I'd say so but there are others further up the queue.


4. TE John Tice (1983-92) - Tice came just before my time and I mainly remember Hoby Brenner from this period so it's difficult for me to officiate on this one. Michaels points out he was more of a glorified lineman who was all important for Mayes, Hilliard and co to start posting 1K yards per season.

Fair point. It's often the unsexy positions that go overlooked. On this one I'll take Mr Michaels opinion on trust.

3. DE Darren Howard (2000-05) - racked up 11 sacks in rookie campaign as part of Saints team that won the first playoff game in team history (tick). Ended Saints career with 44.5 sacks, 196 tackles and 65 assisted.

Yep I think he gets in but again further down the road.

2. Owner Tom Benson (1985-present) - As Michaels points out there are only 3 members of the Saints organization who are non players namely Jim Finks, Jim Mora and Steve Sidwell. As such it is clear Benson deserves a place having helped to revive the franchise, keep them in New Orleans and help bring back that first Super Bowl.

1. RB Deuce McAllister (2001-08) - The Legend and shoe in himself, the mighty Deuce brooks no argument from me. One of the greatest Saints players and people of all time. With 7,816 yards from scrimmage, 54 TDs and two Pro Bowls to his name there is little doubt that Deuce will be enshrined in the not too distant future.


Other possibles that didn't make the list:
Aaron Brooks QB
Quinn Early WR
Craig "Ironhead" Heyward RB - R.I.P.

Read the full article here http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ycn-8666287