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Old 12-25-2006, 08:02 PM   #1
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Now that the Saints are the #2 and have a bye. Carolina?

Poll. Start em or sit em.

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Old 12-25-2006, 08:03 PM   #2
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RE: Now that the Saints are the #2 and have a bye. Carolina?

Let the starters come in for one series to get some love from the home crowd. Then sit them and let the backups finish the game.
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Old 12-25-2006, 08:10 PM   #3
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RE: Now that the Saints are the #2 and have a bye. Carolina?

I say play previously injured people who are now healthy such as Colston for the first half. Scratch 'em for the second half kickoff.
Starters who are willing to contribute play up to the start of the fourth quarter then bench 'em. Give people like Karney a lot of real serious action and get them fine tuned to perfection for the whole game. Our secondary needs all the assistance they can so give them all the playing time they can handle.
Drew will play three quarters. If there are benchmark stats for Deuce or Reggie, then I say hell, leave 'em in.


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Old 12-25-2006, 08:16 PM   #4
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RE: Now that the Saints are the #2 and have a bye. Carolina?

Nah....I say play them into the 3rd quarter. We still need to try to put our best foot forward to win the game, for the sake of momentum. I think two weeks is plenty enough time off. I'm against resting them substantially for this game.

Resting players in the forth is ok, but our players need to play. Time off may be our enemy.
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Old 12-25-2006, 08:18 PM   #5
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RE: Now that the Saints are the #2 and have a bye. Carolina?

I guess playing them for a QTR or two is ok, less likely to get hurt but still get some playing time..
Sure we'll know by Wednesday from coach..
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Old 12-25-2006, 08:39 PM   #6
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RE: Now that the Saints are the #2 and have a bye. Carolina?

They Bye thing is great.....but being on a roll is the real key. Play a mix of starters & reserves, but win the game to keep the momentum.
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Old 12-25-2006, 11:31 PM   #7
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RE: Now that the Saints are the #2 and have a bye. Carolina?

Can't sit them too long. Especially our younger players. Don't need them going 3 weeks without significant playing time. Remember what happed to Indy and Chicago last year?
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:20 AM   #8
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RE: Now that the Saints are the #2 and have a bye. Carolina?

This is going to be a difficult decision for Sean Payton. I say play the starters in the first half and play the backups in the second.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:37 AM   #9
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RE: Now that the Saints are the #2 and have a bye. Carolina?

Sit them after the half.
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:55 AM   #10
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RE: Now that the Saints are the #2 and have a bye. Carolina?

It should be noted that Payton involves so many in each game that the distinction between starters and backups seems to be nomenclature rather than practical implementation. Who's a backup at WR? RB? TE? What about DT?? The only players considered backups in the secondary are those guys who've been injured all season, like DeLoach, Scott and Groce.

Play it for real, but give the "backups" extra reps. Definitely give Jaimie Martin some serious work - you never know...
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