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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; By TCU Dan - SaintsReport.com Staff Writer - 6:26 pm CST The BYE week is finally here, which means it is time for the coaches and players alike to take their proverbial lunch breaks (no Grady Jackson pun intended). Through ...

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Old 11-08-2003, 09:57 AM   #1
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By TCU Dan - SaintsReport.com Staff Writer - 6:26 pm CST

The BYE week is finally here, which means it is time for the coaches and players alike to take their proverbial lunch breaks (no Grady Jackson pun intended). Through nine games, the New Orleans Saints have seen their share of ups and downs, collectively and individually.
THE TEAM
Character is a funny thing, in football and in life in general. A team that appeared to not even care for the game of football in week four against the Indianapolis Colts has played with heart and determination over the last four weeks. A head coach that was rumored to have lost his team has come up with scrappy wins through aggressive, though often risky play calling, and a cancer has been eliminated from the locker room before the situation got ugly.

HIGH POINT: Destroying the Falcons on the road 45-17. This game could end up being the turning point of the season.

LOW POINT: Having the week eight matchup against Carolina stolen from them due to horrible officiating.
MADE THEM SAY WHOA!: Defeating the Tampa Bay Bucs for the third straight time in two seasons.


AARON BROOKS
Perhaps the most scrutinized player through this roller coaster ride of a season has been quarterback Aaron Brooks. In actuality, the shortcomings of this team have been a direct result of many things, but Aaron has not been one of them. The rumors of Joe Horn and other players losing confidence in Aaron were completely unfound. This is Aaron's team and if anything, one would expect him to have lost confidence in his receivers early on due to the abundance of drops. And while Aaron continues to be a streaky passer, he has been effective and has done just about everything he can this season to win games for this football team. Maybe we will welcome him with cheers rather than boos when this team recommences against Atlanta in the Super Dome on November 16th.

HIGH POINT: Recording a career high 148.2 passer efficiency rating en route to passing for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns in week seven against Atlanta.

LOW POINT: A lackluster individual and team performance in the 55-21 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in week four.

MADE THEM SAY WHOA!: Fifteen yard scramble and "okie doke" up the middle of the Tampa Bay defense in week nine; after which, Rhonde Barber was sighted running back to the original line of scrimmage to pick up his jock strap


DEUCE MCALLISTER

The most consistent Saints player this season, Deuce McAllister has performed week in and week out, recording six straight 100-yard rushing games and over 95 yards rushing in two others. While he has not busted as many long runs this season (longest of the season is 37), the added weight has made Deuce more consistent in-between the tackles without losing much speed or quickness. McAllister is still one of the most underrated backs in the NFL, and if the Saints continue winning during the second half of the season, he will be a legitimate candidate for league MVP.

HIGH POINT: Breaking Ricky Williams' franchise record by recording six consecutive 100-yard games in a single season, which Deuce looks to continue.




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Old 11-08-2003, 06:44 PM   #2
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Huh....how is putting up great stats against the worst defense a high point for Brooks?

I love to beat the Falcons as well as any Saints fan, but come on.
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You think Colts fans said the same thing of Peyton Manning\'s record setting performance against us?! Lord. I\'m almost always with you Subguy, but not on this one. Give the man his due credit guys. I have no problem with people pointing out his f-ups, I do it better than anyone , but you gotta give the man his due.

In the off-season I said that he needed to improve his efficiency and reduce his mistakes. He has done just that. Yes, he\'s been up and down at times, but his play is good right now. His receivers have made him look worse at times, and as of right now you\'d have a really hard time arguing that he isn\'t a top 10 QB in this league. When was the last time the Saints had that? I still say he\'s overpaid and streaky, but other than that, I\'m not sure what else you can complain about over the long run. Game to game, fine, but over 9 games, there aren\'t a lot of guys playing much better.

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Old 11-09-2003, 10:09 AM   #4
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Give the man his due credit guys. I have no problem with people pointing out his f-ups, I do it better than anyone , but you gotta give the man his due.
I agree. We\'ve had the problem of not showing against teams we\'re supposed to beat. Even though the Falcons stink this year, the Saints were swept by them last season. With all of the emotion surrounding the rivalry and our record going into that game, I definitely think us winning and winning huge was the turning point for both the team and AB this season.
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It\'s WORKING people. What he doesn\'t know won\'t hurt him. Give that man another glass of Who-Tang!
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I told you Saintfan was a silent partner! I guess he just broke the silence. Coming soon from the Who-Tang Clan: SF Light - a beer that gives you goggles that only make Saints QBs look hot!!
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