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Old 08-13-2008   #41
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Here's a news report from a local NO reporter. According to this dude the Texans were "more upbeat" than the Saints were.

http://www.wwltv.com/video/news-index.html?nvid=272493

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Thanks for the report from NOLA.
The guy had some nice things to say about Mario, except I think he's mistaken when he says Mario got the best of Jammal Brown last year. As I recall, Brown did not even play in that game due to injury.
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Old 08-13-2008   #42
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Another Mario vs. Reggie redux from a couple of Saints talking heads. Hey guys, if Reggie isn't an "every down back" as you say, doesn't that make an every down DE like Mario the obvious better pick?
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After reading these articles, its clear to me that the Saints are MUCH better in at least one department:

Coverage (of their team activities)
You had me there for a second.

Stuff like this has to be really refreshing for both teams. You get sick of going up against the same people everyday for weeks and I'm sure it's nice to be able to judge your progress against someone else.

From what I've seen (read), it looks like both defensive lines looked pretty good in the first practice. Lots of pressure from the edges. Thing is, I know that Brees is one of the absolute best in the league at feeling that edge pressure and stepping up in the proper place to avoid it. It's the middle pash rush that gives us problems. Drew's not the tallest guy and it's a lot harder to avoid a rush that's coming right at you. It's Okoye and Johnson that would be key for you guys to disrupt our passing game (or stunts of course).

Not that any of that matters since we won't see each other during the regular season, anyway. Just my couple cents worth.
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You do know you can't hit QBs during practice right?

Thanks for the all articles and pictures. We're looking pretty good.

Question, are we allowed to cut-block against the Saints? I'm sure they would be pretty p***ed if we did.
I was talking about in games sometimes.
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Here's another report. Might be a little biased, but nice to see AJ making DB's look afool again.
I thought I read AJ wasn't going to be practicing and that he might not even play in the game!? Well I guess the good news is it seems he's completely unphased, but I don't want him to be exposed to injury!
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Another Mario vs. Reggie redux from a couple of Saints talking heads. Hey guys, if Reggie isn't an "every down back" as you say, doesn't that make an every down DE like Mario the obvious better pick?
Well that's semantics.

If Reggie stays healthy and is utilized properly, he will be an "every down back", just not used in the same way on every down. Some seem to think this makes him less valuable, but I think it just makes him less conventional. Whether or not it's my preference to have someone carry the ball 25 times a game is immaterial. It's obviously not our coaches' preference, and you can tell in the way he's game planned his entire career.

With that said, I didn't watch the video you referenced and have little doubt those guys probably don't know what they're talking about. Especially if it's those couple of young looking dudes that were covering training camp that I'm thinking of.
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Another Mario vs. Reggie redux from a couple of Saints talking heads. Hey guys, if Reggie isn't an "every down back" as you say, doesn't that make an every down DE like Mario the obvious better pick?
Cuppacoffee submitted a thread over in our "NFL" section about Bush's new contract, which some of us including this poster are really puzzled about ?
But this was a good session between the 2 Saints fans, even though many of us over here don't think Bush is even in the conversation anymore (I know I don't). But that's why they call them "Saints fans".
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I was talking about in games sometimes.
But it wasn't a game...
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If it was.
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With that said, I didn't watch the video you referenced
"Every down back" were their words, not mine.

It's fair to say that the Saints haven't fully utilized Reggie's skills, at this point. He should see more time in the slot, or as a wingback, to create mismatches. But that's on the Saints coaching staff, or Reggie's preparation. Bush should have spent the '07 offseason with the team. He didn't, and it showed.

I won't lie, Bush could play for the Texans. The team is thin at RB. But, I don't believe he could make the same impact that Mario has. Case closed, as far as I'm concerned. Regarding the Saints pick, I have to wonder if AJ Hawk might be more useful and needed. I don't see much difference in the Saints offense when Aaron Stecker is in the backfield. Brees is the straw that stirs the Saints' Sazerac.
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I thought I read AJ wasn't going to be practicing and that he might not even play in the game!? Well I guess the good news is it seems he's completely unphased, but I don't want him to be exposed to injury!
I don't think he took part in the 11 on 11's. I think it was the 1 on 1's.
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He's OK on 1 on 1s. It's just not safe to let him take on 11 guys by himself right now.
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What? Isn't it better than turning the football over?
Well, it's a tough call to make... having a sore butt for weeks, or just not feeling right in the nether regions.
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If it means winning a few more games I'd take the sore butt.
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The afternoon practice report from the Times Picayune:

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• Quarterback Drew Brees had the Texans' defensive line in his face and looked rattled during the first play of team drills, causing him to call a timeout. On the next play, he had Texans defensive end Mario Williams as close as he could be.
• The Saints' first-team offense and second-team offense both had two-minute drills against the Texans' defense that ended in interceptions. Mark Brunell was intercepted near the end zone by cornerback Derrick Roberson, and Brees was intercepted in the end zone by cornerback Jamar Fletcher.
• Tyler Palko threw an interception to Texans cornerback Antwaun Molden in his final drive, but he followed it up with a nice pass of 25-30 yards up the middle to tight end Billy Miller.
Sounds like the Texans defense dominated this practice. I'm glad to see Billy Miller still has a NFL job.
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The afternoon practice report from the Times Picayune:

Sounds like the Texans defense dominated this practice. I'm glad to see Billy Miller still has a NFL job.
Who can ever forget Billy Miller catching the pass for our very first ever TD as a team against the Cowgirls? I'm kind of glad to see Miller still going at it myself.
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thanks for the coverage of the coverage guys
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encouraging to see Molden has made it back on the field, as has AJ.
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Shockey didn't practice huh.......must still be afraid of Glen Earl!!!
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The Saints official site tried to paint a rosier picture, but interceptions are still interceptions.

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Following some special teams work that focused on field goals and kickoffs that both teams practiced against themselves on the squads reconvened for a final team session that saw the Saints march down the field behind Drew Brees, with a nice completion to RB Reggie Bush that picked up eight yards, a completion to Miller for seven yards, a diving 12-yard completion to WR Devery Henderson and an 18-yard completion to Bush. However on an ensuing down DE Mario Williams and DT Amobi Okoye pressured Brees in the pocket and the Saints’ scoring drive was thwarted when Brees was intercepted in the end zone by SS Glenn Earl.
Mario & Amobi getting it done! Can't wait to see the game on Saturday.
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