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Old 04-09-2008, 12:51 AM   #1
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Vilma = Brees?? + draft preview

Two seasons ago, Drew Brees was shown the door by the Chargers after he suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder during the 2005 season finale. Brees, thought by some to be damaged goods, joined the Saints the next season and set career highs for completions and passing yards while leading the team to the NFC championship game. One source in New Orleans said he sees in MLB Jonathan Vilma a mirror to Brees’ story. Vilma was sent packing by the Jets in a trade with the Saints after he missed the final nine games of last season with a right knee injury. A Pro Bowler in 2005, Vilma was moved from his natural position in the middle when coach Eric Mangini implemented a 3-4 defense in New York before the 2006 season. Vilma struggled in the new system but will return to a 4-3 defense in New Orleans and has shown in past seasons he has the ability to carry a defense, which is exactly the kind of linebacker the Saints have lacked the past two seasons.




Saints' 2008 draft needs


April 1, 2008


Needs on offense: Sources say the Saints are committed to the “best player available” approach to the draft and won’t shy away from adding to an already explosive offense if a player they have rated highly is available. With Deuce McAllister coming off his second ACL tear in three seasons, New Orleans might be tempted to choose a ballcarrier, even though it has great depth at running back.

Needs on defense: The Saints filled gaps on each level of their defense, but a lack of playmakers remains. Free-agent addition Randall Gay and Jason David, a huge disappointment in 2007, will compete to become the No. 2 cornerback, but both players are better-suited to play nickel back. An upgrade and injection of versatility at defensive tackle is in order, as well.

On Draft Day … GM Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton found immediate impact players in their first draft in New Orleans but were unable to replicate the feat with their picks last year. The team has to find instant contributors on defense in order to compete for the NFC title as it did in ’06.

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Two seasons ago, Drew Brees was shown the door by the Chargers after he suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder during the 2005 season finale. Brees, thought by some to be damaged goods, joined the Saints the next season and set career highs for completions and passing yards while leading the team to the NFC championship game. One source in New Orleans said he sees in MLB Jonathan Vilma a mirror to Brees’ story. Vilma was sent packing by the Jets in a trade with the Saints after he missed the final nine games of last season with a right knee injury. A Pro Bowler in 2005, Vilma was moved from his natural position in the middle when coach Eric Mangini implemented a 3-4 defense in New York before the 2006 season. Vilma struggled in the new system but will return to a 4-3 defense in New Orleans and has shown in past seasons he has the ability to carry a defense, which is exactly the kind of linebacker the Saints have lacked the past two seasons.




Saints' 2008 draft needs


April 1, 2008


Needs on offense: Sources say the Saints are committed to the “best player available” approach to the draft and won’t shy away from adding to an already explosive offense if a player they have rated highly is available. With Deuce McAllister coming off his second ACL tear in three seasons, New Orleans might be tempted to choose a ballcarrier, even though it has great depth at running back.

Needs on defense: The Saints filled gaps on each level of their defense, but a lack of playmakers remains. Free-agent addition Randall Gay and Jason David, a huge disappointment in 2007, will compete to become the No. 2 cornerback, but both players are better-suited to play nickel back. An upgrade and injection of versatility at defensive tackle is in order, as well.

On Draft Day … GM Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton found immediate impact players in their first draft in New Orleans but were unable to replicate the feat with their picks last year. The team has to find instant contributors on defense in order to compete for the NFC title as it did in ’06.
Man you have me fired up I cant wait to see the LB core of Fujita Vilma and Rivers.
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Old 04-09-2008, 09:17 AM   #3
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Don't forget that this year, Vilma will have a radio in his helmet like Drew.
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Since this is not a deep draft the BAP is Keith Rivers
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:08 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by BIGEASY504 View Post
Since this is not a deep draft the BAP is Keith Rivers
You're assuming a lot. He may not be available.
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:41 PM   #6
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Rivers will be a backup on the team until Fujita, Morgan or Vilma goes down.
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Rivers will be a backup on the team until Fujita, Morgan or Vilma goes down.
are you stuiped if the Saints get Rivers he will start over Morgan
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are you stuiped if the Saints get Rivers he will start over Morgan
Wow... you think? We have an ALL PRO LB in Morgan (who may not make it thru training camp in one piece) and a rookie.

I look for Morgan (if healthy) to start over Rivers.

Just call me stuiped... what ever that means. LOL
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Just call me stuiped... what ever that means. LOL
That's Elmer Fuddish for "got naked"...
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:28 PM   #10
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stupid........you happy ...
and no if Morgan is healthy he might start off the season but Rivers will end the season as start theres no way Morgan will keep it stupid
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