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Old 07-15-2010, 04:15 AM   #1
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Saints' Vaughn, Arnoux feel like rookies again after last season

METAIRIE -- After playing four years together in college, close friends Chip Vaughn and Stanley Arnoux had the good fortune to be drafted by New Orleans in the same year that the Saints won their first Super Bowl.


The pair of former Wake Forest defensive standouts only wished they could have been healthy enough to get on the field even once.

Vaughn has already told his mother that she'll be getting his Super Bowl ring because he doesn't believe he earned it.

"Any competitor at heart, you want to play," said Vaughn, who spent all of his rookie season on injured reserve with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

"So when you don't, there's a piece of you that feels like that championship is not really yours. ... I'm not going to wear (the ring) and that's just something that drives me to where I'm trying to go with my NFL career."

Arnoux, a linebacker, tore his left Achilles tendon on the first day of 2009 rookie camp.

He said the best he and Vaughn could do to help the club last season was to look for tendencies of upcoming opponents during film sessions.

"We were a part of it, but not how we wanted to be part of it," Arnoux said. "I definitely would rather be out there banging with those guys and putting in the blood, sweat and tears like all of them invested into the team last year."

Both players are healthy now, practicing at full speed during minicamp this past weekend. Although they've been working at Saints headquarters for a year, they say there are times when they feel like rookies all over again.

"We're just very anxious," Vaughn said. "Mentally we were there. We just have to go out there and physically just show that we can take the stuff that we learned the past year and translate that to the football field. I'm very excited just to get the pads on and get the

season started back up."

Arnoux said he believes he's ahead of the typical rookie in the meeting and film rooms, "but just actually getting out there and doing it and messing up on it, that's how you really learn in football. It's more of a hands-on sport."

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Old 07-15-2010, 06:05 AM   #2
 
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Re: Saints' Vaughn, Arnoux feel like rookies again after last season

Good to hear they are motivated .... hope to see them be the talent they hoped they would be.
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We certainly could use their talents on defense. Lets hope that Vaughn is everything we hoped he could be at S, and that Arnoux's injury did not adversely affect his speed.
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Good to hear they are motivated .... hope to see them be the talent they hoped they would be.
What do you expect them to say?
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i can't wait either to see them 2 in action, both are expected to really compete for some time. i hear most people want to see vaughn in action but some comments made about arnoux from his college coach that he believed that stanly was better then aaron curry the lb picked ahead of him has me pumped.
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Re: Saints' Vaughn, Arnoux feel like rookies again after last season

Great article. I can't wait to see what they can do on the field this year.

I like the fact that Vaughn gave his mom his SB ring because he feels like he didn't earn it. That's motivation to bust your ass this year and earn your next one!

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Arnoux may get the chance to contribute first because the LB'ers are in flux at the moment. With last years number one pick moving to safety it isn't going to be easy to crack the line up for Vaughn. I hope they both can contribute on special teams and give us a better coverage unit this year.....last year we were atrocious on coverage.....I'm still thinking we need a new special teams coach to match the coaching we have on offense and defense.
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Arnoux has the chance to start this year. Really the fight for the two OLB positions are what I look forward to the most come training camp.
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Very Good story. So Its like we get two extra draft picks
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