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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; All these came from KFFL Looks like were getting a few guys back for Atlanta Saints | Hodge Injury Update Mon, 3 Nov 2003 19:47:43 -0800 Updating previous reports, Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints ...

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Old 11-04-2003, 04:19 PM   #1
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All these came from KFFL
Looks like were getting a few guys back for Atlanta

Saints | Hodge Injury Update
Mon, 3 Nov 2003 19:47:43 -0800
Updating previous reports, Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints LB Sedrick Hodge (leg) is expected to return to full-time work this week after practicing on a limited basis the previous two weeks while recovering from a hairline fracture in his right leg suffered in Week 2. Hodge expects to play in the Saints next game Sunday, Nov. 16, against the Atlanta Falcons and may step into the starting strong-side linebacker spot now that LB Darrin Smith is slowed by a hamstring injury.


Saints | D. Smith Injury Update
Mon, 3 Nov 2003 19:46:07 -0800
Updating previous reports, Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints LB Darrin Smith (hamstring) left the Saints game Sunday, Nov. 2, with a strained right hamstring. The injury is not considered severe but Smith will probably be held out of practice this week and will be re-evaluated next week He said he expects to play in the Saints next game Sunday, Nov. 16, against the Atlanta Falcons.


Saints | Howard Injury Update
Mon, 3 Nov 2003 19:44:29 -0800
Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints DE Darren Howard (wrist) is eligible to return to practice this week after having pins removed from his fractured right wrist last week. Saints head coach Jim Haslett said Howard would practice on a limited basis in individual drills this week, and that he hopes Howard can practice full-time next week. His status for the Nov. 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons is still pending.


Saints | Stallworth Injury Update
Mon, 3 Nov 2003 19:23:24 -0800
Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints WR Donte Stallworth (thigh) should be healthy enough to play in the Saints next game Sunday, Nov. 16, against the Atlanta Falcons. Stallworth did not play in Week 9 because of a strained left thigh muscle.



Saints | D. Carter Hobbled
Mon, 3 Nov 2003 19:20:29 -0800
Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints CB Dale Carter (quadriceps) left the Saints game Sunday, Nov. 2, with a left quad injury. The injury is not considered severe, but Carter will probably be held out of practice this week, before being re-evaluated next week. He is listed as day-to-day and will most likely play in the Saints next game Sunday, Nov. 16, against the Atlanta Falcons.



Saints | Bentley Dinged
Mon, 3 Nov 2003 19:18:08 -0800
Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints RG LeCharles Bentley (knee) left the Saints game Sunday, Nov. 2, with a hyper extended left knee. The injury is not considered severe, but Bentley will probably be held out of practice this week, before being re-evaluated next week. He said he expects to play in the Saints next game Sunday, Nov. 16, against the Atlanta Falcons.








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Old 11-04-2003, 04:32 PM   #2
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I think Darren Smith has been playing pretty decent football. Is now really the time to put Hodge back in the lineup and hope he plays well? He\'s been pretty inconsistent throughout his Saints career.
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Darrin Smith has played OK I guess. Nothing special though. I say put Hodge in there and let\'s see if we improve. We can always take him out. This defense IS better than last year. Yeah, they have given up some yardage, but look at the point total. BIG Improvement.

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Old 11-04-2003, 05:03 PM   #4
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I was never a Hodge fan, he flew around fast and hit nothing, but he did start to look better and made a few good plays right before the injury.Lets get him out there and see with all his athletic ability if he gets a head for the game he will be something.
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Question: Rook - do you think the defense has truly improved or do you think that our better stats may be attributed to any combination of the following:

A) Our opponents aren\'t nearly as explosive on offense as they were last year.

B) Our offense has not made other teams play catch up and thus they do not have to run the hurry-up all game and therefore aren\'t putting up the same kind of numbers.

C) Our run defense is worse, and without the stress of playing from behind teams are willing to keep our potentially dangerous offense off the field by controlling the clock and running the ball down our throats.

I\'m just wondering what the new guy thinks?

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Damn you two trying to make up for lost time your at it in two threads.
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I think you can spin it anyway you want it. But if you think opposing teams aren\'t trying to put points on the board, then you are going to have a hard time convincing me of that one!!

We played poorly early on, but are you trying to tell me that our defense hasn\'t been doing a good job as of late?

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Old 11-04-2003, 05:53 PM   #8
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I\'d probably say that they haven\'t been great the last couple weeks. They\'ve been ADEQUATE at best. Are you gonna say that the two long TD drives by the Bucs Sunday was a fluke?

That sort of thing has been happening to this defense all year. Of course, they\'re better now than they were earlier on, but that\'s little consolation since they were so bad to start off. The simple truth is that if the offense was putting up 30 points per game like last year, this defense wouldn\'t be ranked any better.

I\'m going to take the wai and see approach with these guys and root for them to get better. Hey, defense wins championships and if we CAN make the playoffs, we\'re gonna need a good, strong defense!
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Saints Defense 2003
09/07 at Seattle L 10- 27
09/14 Houston W 31- 10
09/21 at Tennessee L 12- 27
09/28 Indianapolis L 21- 55
10/05 at Carolina L 13- 19
10/12 Chicago W 20- 13
10/19 at Atlanta W 45- 17
10/26 Carolina L 20- 23 OT
11/02 at Tampa Bay W 17- 14

Points Given Up -- 205

Saints Defense 2002
09/08 26- 20 W at TB
09/15 35- 20 W GB
09/22 29- 23 W at CHI
09/29 21- 26 L at DET
10/06 32- 29 W PIT
10/13 43- 27 W at WAS
10/20 35- 27 W SF
10/27 35- 37 L ATL
11/10 34- 24 W at CAR

Points Given Up -- 233

At the same point last season we had given up 28 more points. You can say that the teams that we have held to a respectful number don\'t have good offenses, but neither did a lot of those teams that put up big numbers last year. Check \'em out. We held one team to under 20-points last year. Really -- Just one. I\'m not buying into all of this stuff about teams trying to run the clock out and not doing everything they can to score. I think most teams want to take long mythodical drives that eat time off the clock and score at the end.
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OK, take away the 40 points our offense gave up on turnovers in the first 20 minutes to the Bears and Detroit in those two games and our defense has actually given up more points this season.

C\'mon Billy, what matters for defenses? Stopping the run, limiting big plays, not losing the time of possession game, take aways...

Tell me this. Are we giving up more or less rushing yards? Is the time of possession in our favor or against us? Think about it Billy. If you\'re playing Carolina, what is your strategy going into the game? Score fast and make them play catch up b/c they can\'t do it. If you\'re playing teams like the Rams or Saints, what is your game plan? Control the clock and keep the explosive offenses on the the sidelines. Don\'t give them the chance to score b/c they can do it fast. You don\'t do that by throwing the ball. That is going to make the defense look better.

I honestly think the front four are improved. Derrick Rodgers is playing well. The Jay Bellamy/Victor Green experiment is working well. The rest of our secondary is not good. Nor are the rest of our linebackers. Tampa Bay, a bad offense that was getting shut down all day long, proved last week that this defense is still just as suseptible as it was last year. They score on a 97 yard drive in 3 minutes!!! This defense can get shred just like last year\'s.

[Edited on 5/11/2003 by WhoDat]

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