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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I also would rather see this kid make the team with the upside he has. But we are playing for the "Now". So saying that if Shanle is a better fit how can we let him go?...

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Old 08-19-2011, 11:51 AM   #11
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I also would rather see this kid make the team with the upside he has. But we are playing for the "Now". So saying that if Shanle is a better fit how can we let him go?
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I also would rather see this kid make the team with the upside he has. But we are playing for the "Now". So saying that if Shanle is a better fit how can we let him go?
You have to weigh team future versus win now.

Would winning now be compromised if Shanle was released and everyone else stepped up a notch?

We aren't comparing Shanle to Bussey, we're comparing Shanle to his the next man up. Bussey would simply be the low man on the totem pole.

I wanna win now just like everyone else, but it should also be balanced with an eye on the future. Cam Jordan may not be our 4th best DE, but I guarantee you in a year or two he will be. So we keep Jordan, even though he's probably not our 4th best DE on this team come week one.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:03 PM   #13
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You have to weigh team future versus win now.

Would winning now be compromised if Shanle was released and everyone else stepped up a notch?

We aren't comparing Shanle to Bussey, we're comparing Shanle to his the next man up. Bussey would simply be the low man on the totem pole.

I wanna win now just like everyone else, but it should also be balanced with an eye on the future. Cam Jordan may not be our 4th best DE, but I guarantee you in a year or two he will be. So we keep Jordan, even though he's probably not our 4th best DE on this team come week one.
Point well made, I was just using him for an example, Bussey is no Shanle.
Shanle might get beat out this year, so if he does that's why I threw him under the bus. Chances are this kid might not make the team.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:47 PM   #14
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Shanle is a LOCK. Ingram is the odd man out unless he gets healthy quick and really makes some plays. It always comes down to injuries and a numbers game, and with so many injuries at other positions, Bussey is facing an uphill battle. The good news is he's a lock for the practice squad. No other team is going to add a 7th round tweener/project player to their active roster.
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Old 08-20-2011, 07:50 AM   #15
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Shanle is not a "lock." Ask Stenchcomb.
Shanle can start at both OLB positions. The Saints are not going to go into the season with a new guy in Herring who has never been a permanent starter in his career and JC who is essentially a rookie coming off an injury as there starters with absolutely no experience or depth behind them. It's not going to happen. There is no comparison in Shanle and Stinchcomb. Shanle is healthy and his play hasn't decreased in a dramatic fashion. I'm not a fan of Shanle. He's above average with no playmaking skills. But, overall, right now taking all factors into consideration, he's the second best LB on the team. He is a lock.
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Old 08-20-2011, 11:29 AM   #16
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Who says Herring will start? He showed nothing last week.
Another reason Shanle is a lock. LOL. I wish someone else would step up. I hope that the young guys rise to the challenge. But, until they do, a team primed for a Super Bowl run is just not going to throw someone out there and hope for the best. Shanle is at the very least, which is no doubt where he is, good enough to get the job done. He's like Bushrod. Far from ideal but good enough to win with.
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