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Halo 11-17-2009 02:39 PM

Ugly victory OK while starting secondary sits
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Winning ugly doesnít matter as long as New Orleans is injury-depleted.

If the Saints had struggled to put away the Rams with a healthy secondary, an alarm warning would have sounded. But they played the entire game without Jabari Greer (injured groin), the best cornerback in franchise history, and free safety Darren Sharper (sprained right knee), a leading candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. They played all but one down of the second half without cornerback Tracy Porter, who suffered a strained MCL when he was unintentionally leg-whipped by teammate Usama Young.

The results were predictable. St. Louis quarterback Mark Bulger threw for a season-high 298 yards and completed 65 percent of his passes. Donny Avery burned cornerback Randall Gay for a pair of touchdowns when Gay never located the ball, matching the total of scoring catches for the Ramsí active wide receivers as a group in the first eight games.

As valuable as new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is for New Orleans Saints, he benefited from a terrific talent upgrade. With three fourths of the starting lineup gone, the Saints defensive backs looked just as lousy as they were last year.

Greer and Sharper are due back soon, maybe even this Sunday against Tampa Bay. Porter is expected to return before the end of the season.

As long as they are out, the Saints will struggle to stop the pass.

saintfan 11-17-2009 02:48 PM

Re: Ugly victory OK while starting secondary sits
Hey Melon...WE NEEEED YAAAAAA!!!!!

saintsfan1976 11-17-2009 02:59 PM

Re: Ugly victory OK while starting secondary sits
Not having Ellis and Klancy in the middle gave S Jackson a big day too.

I'm not sure I would rush either Greer or Sharper back this week. The 2nd unit needs experience and we need our starters at FULL health BC after Sunday we still have 3 division games and 5 NFC games.


Euphoria 11-17-2009 03:21 PM

Re: Ugly victory OK while starting secondary sits
See this guy gets it... a lot of clowns here want to push the panic button already.

Rugby Saint II 11-17-2009 03:25 PM

Re: Ugly victory OK while starting secondary sits
I agree that we have been winning while not playing well. If it were my call I would give the backups some playing time, it looks like they need it. If we are to go into the playoffs we need to give our subs some more experience, because when players go down later in the season we don't need to be bringing in players off the street. Besides, they know the system and made the cuts for a reason...hopefully they can step it up if needed.

Euphoria 11-17-2009 03:27 PM

Re: Ugly victory OK while starting secondary sits
Well I'll argue bringing in MM or CM is bringing someone 'off the streets'.

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