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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; OFFENSE- RB- McAllister is one of the very best weapons in the NFL. Smith is a great blocking FB. I'd like him more if he could run and catch, but he's a keeper. Add a dependable back-up or two and ...

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Old 01-27-2004, 11:11 AM   #1
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McAllister is one of the very best weapons in the NFL.
Smith is a great blocking FB. I'd like him more if he could run and catch, but he's a keeper.
Add a dependable back-up or two and this unit is as good as it gets. A multi-dimensional fullback would be a nice addition though. My grade is assuming they will sign a decent back-up or two for Deuce.
Grade: A


QB-
Brooks is a top 10 QB that I think will improve in 2004.
Bouman is a solid back-up. We could still win if Brooks were to falter or get injured.
O'Sullivan is a developing 3rd QB who reminds me of a young Jake, only fiestier.
This unit is definitely not the weak link on this team.
Grade: A minus


O-line-
Good potential with young interior. Bentley, Holland, Jacox (at center) gives us a solid interior that should be a better run-blocking unit next year. Riley and Gandy played well enough at tackle to hold their own. An upper middle-of-the-pack unit that should improve next year. Not great, but not bad either. Age is a concern at LT but Gandy should be able to perform well for a few more years.
Grade: B minus

TE- .
Boo will only get better. His blocking improved and should continue to next year. He is blossoming into a pro-bowler.
Conwell was solid after a shakey start. He should improve in 2004. He and Boo should scare a lot of defensive coordinators.
Hilton- The youngster may develop into a weapon either in 2004 or 2005. He has great upside. I was happy he made the roster.
Rasby may stay but he's a very replaceable blocker/special teamer anyway.
A solid unit from top to bottom. Best TE group here in a while. Re-signing Boo was a smart move by an often criticized staff.
Grade: A-minus

5. WR-
Horn still has a few solid years left. I hope he feels guilty about the WR coach being fired. Maybe he focuses more on catching the ball in 2004 than planning stupid TD stunts. He drops too many balls to be considered elite, but there are quite a few teams that would take him right now as their #1.
Stallworth's nagging injury problems should start decreasing as it has with other WR's who had similar probs. He's a awesome threat when healthy.
Pathon is versatile and can play all 3 positions well. He may be kept but there are plenty of free agent WR's just as good. His price will determine if he stays.
Lewis shocked me. No way he should have been as good a WR as he showed. I'm happy for him but he's small. While he's tough as nails his size raises injury concerns.
Gardner is still a 2-3 year project with HUGE upside. His effort to improve will decide if he develops into a stud or another Oneme Ojo.
We need to add a sure handed vet free-agent for depth. They were the weak link on Offense and they are probably the reason their WR coach was fired. A healthy Stallworth would give this unit an A, but until he proves it, and until they add another sure-handed vet...
Grade: C
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Old 01-27-2004, 11:26 AM   #2
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They were the weak link on Offense and they are probably the reason their WR coach was fired
I wonder if anyone here really disagrees with that statement.
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They were the weak link on Offense and they are probably the reason their WR coach was fired
I wonder if anyone here really disagrees with that statement.
I think I know about 3 people that might.
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They were the weak link on Offense and they are probably the reason their WR coach was fired
I wonder if anyone here really disagrees with that statement.
I agree %100. I\'m tired of Joe Horn running his mouth and not backing it up and I\'m also tired of Donte Stallworth missing half the season with a hamstring injury.
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This is a great topic. It\'s also one I agree with. Problem is it seems hardly anyone wants to talk about the REAL problems on this team.

I\'d like to add that I don\'t particularly care for our offensive line. I think Fotenot needs to be a back-up and I\'m very unsure about Wanye Gandy. Gandy might benefit from a years experierce on our O-line, but it still is a conern for me.

Oveall offense isn\'t a REAL BIG concern, not nearly to the extent of the defense.

Last, I am looking forward to seeing Boo Williams play an entire year as our starting TE. If our receievers can return to form, Boo will be unstopable!!
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Inconsistant Argument Alert!

How is it simultaneously possible for Brooks to have his best stastical year at QB and a horrid receiving corps at the same time?

I suppose the new empahsis on TE could have something to do with it.
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Inconsistant Argument Alert!

How is it simultaneously possible for Brooks to have his best stastical year at QB and a horrid receiving corps at the same time?

I suppose the new empahsis on TE could have something to do with it.
Words in Mouth Alert!!!
Did anyone say they were \"horrid\"?
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Totally Missing the Point Alert!

I\'m not so sure that the WRs are the \"weak link\" (this really is a quote) on the offense nearly as much as the TEs became a \"stronger link\" (this is me coining a phrase).

The passing yardage is within 300 yards of last season and Conwell and Williams caught FAR more yardage this season than the TEs did in 2002.
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Make that 4 Danno.

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Is the question: \"Were our wide receivers a weak link?\"

Hmm. That\'s what everyone on here was saying all year. Did you guys change your minds?

Joe Horn, who had the best year of any receiver was terribly inconsistant. Donte\' hardly played all year. Paython did hardly NOTHING. Michael Lewis did what he could.

Please. This unit was the most disappointing on the whole team!! How can anyone deny that?

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