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Old 08-13-2011, 12:09 AM   #1
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We know the New Orleans Saints can play offense and thereís no doubt that will happen when the regular season comes along. But the Saints didnít even need their offense in a 24-3 victory against the San Francisco 49ers in their preseason opener at the Superdome.

The defense and special teams gave the Saints a fast start as Drew Brees and most of the first-team offense didnít even stay in long enough to get a first down.

New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams looked like he was prepared for a playoff game, not an exhibition. He blitzed like crazy and the first-team defense was all over San Francisco starting quarterback Alex Smith. Safety Roman Harper spent as much time in the backfield as any of San Franciscoís running backs. Heck, Williams was even calling run blitzes.

The Saints also got a big boost from undrafted rookie Joe Morgan, who returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown. People thought Darren Sproles would make everyone forget Reggie Bush, but Morgan might be making a case to stay on the roster to handle some returns.

Some other observations on the Saints.
Brees left the game with about five minutes left in the first quarter and only completed one of four passes for six yards. Smart move by Sean Payton to get Brees out of there quickly. When you have a quarterback like that, you donít need to take any chance of getting him hurt in a preseason game.
Brees did throw one perfect deep pass, but Robert Meachem dropped it.
Backup Chase Daniel took a big hit out of bounds soon after replacing Brees. He got up, holding his side. Made me wonder for a second if the Saints have a phone number for Jake Delhomme? Heís a Louisiana guy and, if heís going to play again, the Saints would be a tempting option. But Daniel seemed to shake off the hit and completed 13 of 21 passes for 129 yards.
The Saints didnít even need the blitz all the time. With a bit of help from defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, Will Smith had a nice sack on Smith.

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Old 08-13-2011, 06:10 AM   #2
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Brees did throw one perfect deep pass, but Robert Meachem dropped it.
Catchable...yes. Perfect...no...IMO.

Give the kid a break...it's only 1 preseason game. Drew's reaction is questionable to me.
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:42 AM   #3
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Catchable...yes. Perfect...no...IMO.

Give the kid a break...it's only 1 preseason game. Drew's reaction is questionable to me.
What was questionable about it? I didn't see him throw a "Manning Fit" ... He just looked downfield (like we ALL would) and had that look on his face that said, "Man, that's frustrating."

What did you see?
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:24 AM   #4
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What was questionable about it? I didn't see him throw a "Manning Fit" ... He just looked downfield (like we ALL would) and had that look on his face that said, "Man, that's frustrating."

What did you see?
Same thing. Too much concern considering it was the 1st quarter of the 1st preseason game...but hey, that's just me...and that's just Drew.
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Drew's a butthole. They should cut him.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:27 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Saint_LB View Post
Catchable...yes. Perfect...no...IMO.

Give the kid a break...it's only 1 preseason game. Drew's reaction is questionable to me.
Brees hit him in stride with the ball coming down about a foot in front of his chest. He barely had to move his arms to be in position to catch that ball... And he dropped it.

Catchable, yes. Perfect, yes. You qualify your "no" with "In your opinion", but you don't back that opinion up with any facts or observations on what made that perfect throw imperfect. This is because there was nothing about that throw that wasn't perfect.

Drew's reaction wasn't questionable at all. When a 5th year pro who has never known another QB lets a perfectly thrown ball go right through his hands he should be pissed! It's the NFL, not kindergarten. You want to give Meatchump a gold star because he tried his best to catch the ball?!?

Puhleeze.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:32 AM   #7
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Brees hit him in stride with the ball coming down about a foot in front of his chest. He barely had to move his arms to be in position to catch that ball... And he dropped it.

Catchable, yes. Perfect, yes. You qualify your "no" with "In your opinion", but you don't back that opinion up with any facts or observations on what made that perfect throw imperfect. This is because there was nothing about that throw that wasn't perfect.

Drew's reaction wasn't questionable at all. When a 5th year pro who has never known another QB lets a perfectly thrown ball go right through his hands he should be pissed! It's the NFL, not kindergarten. You want to give Meatchump a gold star because he tried his best to catch the ball?!?

Puhleeze.
Just so you know...I did try to find a replay of it before I posted, but couldn't on youtube yet...so, I had to depend on my memory and how I felt last night when I saw the replay. I just remember thinking that it wasn't perfect when I saw it and gave Meach a break because of that. If I see the replay again and see I was wrong, I will of course apologize for remembering it wrong.

I also remember seeing Brees on the sideline and thinking he was just a little too pissed considering all the situations.

It's what I like about message boards, though. We all don't see things the same way.
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Drew's a butthole. They should cut him.
1st part yes.

2nd part no...but...

I liked what I saw out of Chase last night.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:40 AM   #9
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Drew has high expectations and that's what makes him a winner, I have not seen the play yet as I haven't had chance to watch the highlights.
Drew was most likely pissed that the offense wasnt clicking and this added to the frustration, believe me though......they will make sure it doesn't happen again!
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One pass in the preseason...



Preseason, alcohol, Meachum and Strato do not mix very well. I bet Strato is nursing a hangover this morning.


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