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papz 04-25-2010 07:39 PM

Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB
 
You know, a lot is being made of the Saints not drafting an OLB to replace Fujita. Sure he was a good leader in the locker room and a class guy, but this is what he gave us last year.

58 tackles 1 sack 2 FF
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=3671
For crying out loud, we won the Superbowl with that. The strength of our offense carried us last season and we continued to build on that with the draft. Sure I'd like a top 10 defense, but as history will show you, we don't need one to win it all. While I'll miss Fujita and though we didn't draft anyone to replace him, I'm positive whomever that's going to take that starting OLB spot, will be more than capable of duplicating those numbers.

We'll be just fine.:bng:

saintfan 04-25-2010 07:42 PM

Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB
 
+1

strato 04-25-2010 07:44 PM

Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB
 
Dt was really our biggest need...not LB...although i think Scott will be missed against the run..

Danno 04-25-2010 07:48 PM

Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB
 
Scott will be missed only if none of our other LB's step up to become NFL average.

CheramieIII 04-25-2010 07:53 PM

Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by papz (Post 221990)
You know, a lot is being made of the Saints not drafting an OLB to replace Fujita. Sure he was a good leader in the locker room and a class guy, but this is what he gave us last year.

58 tackles 1 sack 2 FF
Scott Fujita Profile - Cleveland Browns - ESPN

For crying out loud, we won the Superbowl with that. The strength of our offense carried us last season and we continued to build on that with the draft. Sure I'd like a top 10 defense, but as history will show you, we don't need one to win it all. While I'll miss Fujita and though we didn't draft anyone to replace him, I'm positive whomever that's going to take that starting OLB spot, will be more than capable of duplicating those numbers.

We'll be just fine.:bng:

The organization knows what it's doing and I trust what they did in the draft and UDFA is exactly what they wanted with the exception of Hughes. I'm thinking they will trade Jamal Brown for a piece and a pick

TheDeuce 04-25-2010 07:57 PM

Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB
 
Good post papz

ScottF 04-25-2010 08:22 PM

Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB
 
Thanks for talking us down from the ledge

Fujita is this year's Karney. Everybody loved him, but the numbers don't lie. Let's move on and win another championship

TheDeuce 04-25-2010 08:25 PM

Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB
 
True. When I think about it, my reasons for liking Fujita were more sentimental than based on factual evidence. He was the first guy to sign with us post-Katrina and he really seemed like a good ambassador for the franchise.

That being said, he was a very average linebacker last year. If I remember correctly, he was really good a couple of years ago, then in 2008 his numbers dipped a little, and then last year a little more.

foreverfan 04-25-2010 08:27 PM

Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB
 
When did we sign Schmoe? I couldn't find anything on it.

neugey 04-25-2010 08:32 PM

Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB
 
We didn't draft a OLB, and even if we did, we very likely wouldn't start a rookie anyway. Remember in year #1 with Payton, we completely overhauled our LB corps - got Fujita and Shanle from Dallas and Simoneau from Philly. If in any year it would've made sense to start a rookie, that would have been the year. Linebacker is a spot where we really value experience.


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