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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams guessed that All-Pro San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was "crying in his milk" Wednesday morning after his former teammate, nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin , left to sign a deal with the Saints. ...

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New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams guessed that All-Pro San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was "crying in his milk" Wednesday morning after his former teammate, nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin, left to sign a deal with the Saints.
Whether or not that was true, Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma was certainly smiling when asked about his team's latest super-size acquisition.
Franklin (6-foot-1, 317 pounds) has gained a reputation as one of the best run stoppers in the NFL. Along with fellow newcomer Shaun Rogers (6-4, 350), he will help take on blockers, allowing playmakers like Vilma to roam free.
"I always say if I have a good game, it's always because of my defensive line," Vilma said. "If I have 10, 15 tackles, trust me, it's not because of me. It's because of those guys up front doing a great job.
"I know what Franklin's about. I saw him in San Francisco. Everyone knows what Shaun Rogers is about. So I'm excited.

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This is beyond words for me.

I'm a "defense" guy. I love seeing 300-400 pound D-Linemen, running a fumble or INT down the field for a TD. I LOVE IT! I have the full expectation of the Saints being inside the top 5 in defense this year. If not, I will consider the year a total loss.

The FO has gotten this team some great and much needed help on Defense. The only short comings I see now are at Safety and OLB. We get those two slots filled and the Saints will be beastly!
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Mickey Loomis has been pulling out all the stops this offseason, he's just opened bensons cheque book and where it says memo he has written;

Super Bowl 46!
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I hear you SS. The next 2 years have serious potential to add to the golden age of the Saint football. Whatever needs to be done needs to happen.
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I hear you SS. The next 2 years have serious potential to add to the golden age of the Saint football. Whatever needs to be done needs to happen.
So is the Saints past officially divided into the "Black Age" and the "Golden Age?"
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or the dark ages
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I have to wait to see if the guys we got now will be the same guys on the field in September. I have been excited in the past when we have acquired some of the bigger dudes and later be disappointed when they end-up on the sidelines "grabassing" and drawing a huge salary because of some stupid injury that comes from being so grossly out of shape.
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