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Saintswrath 10-26-2010 09:11 PM

Former Saint Fujita helps Browns stun his old team by revealing signals on Saints sideline/pre-snaps..
 
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Scott Fujita spent the past four years as one of most popular athletes in the Big Easy.

"I still feel the love when I walk around the streets of New Orleans,'' said the veteran linebacker, who took time to reminisce in his old neighborhood the night before his new team, the Cleveland Browns, took on the Saints in the Louisiana Superdome.

Less than nine months after helping New Orleans win its first Super Bowl, Fujita played a starring role in the Saints' undoing during the Browns' stunning 30-17 thrashing of the defending champs on Sunday.

Fujita's sack of Drew Brees, which helped stall one drive, and his interception of Brees on the Cleveland 3, which thwarted a likely scoring chance, were only the beginning.

All game long, he monitored the Saints' sideline between plays, tracking substitution patterns, then signaling what he saw to Cleveland coaches and helping with pre-snap adjustments.

Afterward, Cleveland coach Eric Mangini gave Fujita a game ball.

"I tried to do my best early this week in practice to prepare our team for what we would face today, as it's no secret that I am familiar with the Saints,'' Fujita said. "It's one thing to plan the X's and O's, but it's another to come out and execute it. The way we did it was pretty impressive. ... I didn't think we'd shut them down like that.''

Former Saint Fujita helps Browns stun his old team - NFL - SI.com

st thomas 10-26-2010 09:20 PM

he helped in the win but did'nt do it all by himself. carl smith out coached payton.

Saintswrath 10-26-2010 09:29 PM

Yeah i agree somewhat, my thing is ok, coaches know damn well chances are your going to play against former teammates, Fujita and bell were on Browns long enough to give Browns clear saints possible gameplan and what to look for in signals and such.
Why didn't this coaching staff change up some of the important signals to throw off fresh former teammates? Fujita knows every ounce of this offense and a lot of the defense, you have to expect he's going to try and give his team some advantage to win the game even if that means coughing up some secret gestures on his former team sidelines, his new team was desperate for a win, you don't let a desperate team with former teammates come in and thank you can just run the same crap and just run over the browns with your might..

Payton was out-hustled more than he was out-coached.

st thomas 10-26-2010 09:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Saintswrath (Post 257619)
Yeah i agree somewhat, my thing is ok, coaches know damn well chances are your going to play against former teammates, Fujita and bell were on Browns long enough to give Browns clear saints possible gameplan and what to look for in signals and such.
Why didn't this coaching staff change up some of the important signals to throw off fresh former teammates? Fujita knows every ounce of this offense and a lot of the defense, you have to expect he's going to try and give his team some advantage to win the game even if that means coughing up some secret gestures on his former team sidelines, his new team was desperate for a win, you don't let a desperate team with former teammates come in and thank you can just run the same crap and just run over the browns with your might..

Payton was out-hustled more than he was out-coached.

totally agree.

QBREES9 10-26-2010 11:29 PM

That was a great game plan. Scott played well and did help the Browns kick his old teams butt. Good for him.

Beastmode 10-26-2010 11:37 PM

He might not be the fastest or strongest but all Scott did was make big game changing plays for the Saints. I was shocked when they let him go to be honest.

RailBoss 10-27-2010 06:09 AM

Well it probably had to do with money. Also SP & GW probably should have dummied up the signals for this game.

Turbo Saint 10-27-2010 06:27 AM

i hope they didn't think he WOULDN'T try to do this...ugh.

SaintsBro 10-27-2010 09:38 AM

That sack in the 1st quarter sure looked like he knew what was going to happen on the play, before the snap even started. Probably had just as much to do with Payton's utterly predictable playcalling as anything, though. I mean if a yahoo like me can sit there with my beer in the cheap seats, and guess right 3 times out of 4, what Payton is going to do on offense just by looking at the Saints formation and the down and distance and what happened on the last play, I can't even imagine what a professional defensive coordinator like Rob Ryan or a smart player like Fujita can see out there. I used to enjoy that feeling of sitting there in the stands before the snap, not knowing what was going to happen next with the offense. Now I can smell that screen pass to Betts coming from a mile away, and I'm sure Fujita could too.

Rugby Saint II 10-27-2010 11:02 AM

He knew the plays before Payton called them.


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