PFW - The Core
The Saints finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the third year in a row, but donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t expect any sweeping changes this offseason. Sources say head coach Jim Haslett is tired of all the turnover that has occurred on his roster over the last two offseasons, and he hopes to keep the current group together (for the most part) to allow them to grow as a team. Two years ago, the Saints decided to rid their locker room of some problem players and allowed OT Willie Roaf, DT LaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢Roi Glover and RB Ricky Williams to depart. Last offseason, the housecleaning continued with DT Norman Hand, OT Kyle Turley and S Sammy Knight moving on. This year, Haslett doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t believe his roster needs many major changes and is only looking to tweak things here and there. The way we hear it, Haslett has been holed up with other members of the front office since the end of the regular season as they look to evaluate everyone who might be available and really pinpoint the pieces that would be the perfect fit in the SaintsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ playoff puzzle. But the key for Haslett will be not to mess with the core group of players and allow the ballclub a bit more continuity than in the past.
Do the Saints have a leader on defense , other then the short fat guy with the mustache and the clip board ??
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