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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; 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. ...

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Old 04-25-2010, 06:39 PM   #1
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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
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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.

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Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB

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

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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.
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
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Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB

Good post papz
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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
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:25 PM   #8
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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.
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Re: Fujita vs. Joe Schmoe at OLB

When did we sign Schmoe? I couldn't find anything on it.
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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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