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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Pretty good stuff, BOLD's by Danno Sporting News team report http://www.foxsports.com/content/view?contentId=2146858 If the team can't reach a long-term deal with RE Darren Howard, it's expected to designate him its franchise player . The Saints can't afford to let a player ...

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Old 02-16-2004, 08:01 AM   #1
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Pretty good stuff, BOLD's by Danno

Sporting News team report
http://www.foxsports.com/content/view?contentId=2146858

If the team can't reach a long-term deal with RE Darren Howard, it's expected to designate him its franchise player. The Saints can't afford to let a player with Howard's talent, experience and potential get to the open market. With the franchise tag, Howard would make $6.8 million next season.

The coaches were extremely disappointed in the downfield blocking by the wide receivers last season and plan to hammer that point home this offseason. They believe RB Deuce McAllister could have rushed for 2,000 yards if the receivers would have held their blocks better on certain runs. If the receivers don't block better next season, they will be replaced by players who will get the job done.

SOMETHING TO PROVE

DT Johnathan Sullivan and LE Charles Grant, both former first-round picks, need to prove they are worthy of their multimillion-dollar contracts. Grant has shown flashes of ability but is inconsistent with his effort and production. He has a great burst off the edge but is only average in run support. Sullivan is a tremendous athlete, but he was hampered last year by a contract holdout that caused him to report to camp late and out of shape. He needs to improve his strength and conditioning to become a force inside. Both also need to mature off the field. Sullivan was among the most heavily fined players on the team last year for being late to meetings and medical treatment appointments.

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Old 02-16-2004, 08:10 AM   #2
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Howard WILL be a Saint next year. No way they have a repeat of the Johnson/Glover mishap again. NO WAY!

I assume he means Horn and Pathon as the WR\'s in jeopardy. Hammy wasn\'t in the line-up long enough to evaluate his downfiled blocking. I\'m getting a better grasp on why the WR coach was fired. Someone else here mentioned downfield blocking was the real reason while the rest of us were screaming it was because of drops. Kudo\'s to whoever that was. Unfortuneately I didn\'t make a game this year and its impossible to see on TV.
Joe and Pathon are both gone before the 2005 season.

Sullivan and Grant too inconsistant? Undisciplined?
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Old 02-16-2004, 09:21 AM   #3
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Saints | Howard Could be Franchise Tagged - from www.KFFL.com
Mon, 16 Feb 2004 00:23:18 -0800

ESPN.com\'s Len Pasquarelli reports the New Orleans Saints will likely use their franchise tag on DE Darren Howard if the two sides don\'t have a deal in place by Feb. 24. The two sides have been talking since the end of the season and will likely heat up with the deadline getting closer.
Saw this at kffl. I\'d much rather reach a deal with Howard than have to tag him. I\'m also curious about whether it makes better business sense to sign him before or after Kearse? With the Titans $18 million over, I wonder if that will keep Kearse from getting some stupidly expensive deal. But then I\'d hate for Kearse to get some sort of history making deal and then have Howard\'s agent waving it at us. At any rate, I\'d rather not have to tag Howard, but we have to do what needs doing to keep him.

Sullivan is a tremendous athlete, but he was hampered last year by a contract holdout that caused him to report to camp late and out of shape. He needs to improve his strength and conditioning to become a force inside. Both also need to mature off the field. Sullivan was among the most heavily fined players on the team last year for being late to meetings and medical treatment appointments.
This concerns me. It sounds a little like Ryan Sims from Kansas City who was highly drafted, highly touted and hasn\'t really done a great deal to help KC\'s offense.
Even though it hasn\'t worked out for them in the last few years, I really like the way that Pittsburgh drafts, spending a lot of time trying to figure out what the guy\'s personality, character and work ethic are like. Trying to avoid some of these problems that seem to be epidemic with the Saints. I wish we could borrow a little of that draft philosophy, we might end up better off in terms of the players we draft.

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Old 02-16-2004, 09:57 AM   #4
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Again, another sign of ineptitude by the coaching staff..
How about the blocking at the LOS? Are they in jeopardy of being replaced also? Remember those 4 and 1\'s? Remember the hits on Deuce before he reached the LOS?
Oh, no...let\'s put it on the WR\'s now that we used their coach as a scapegoat, and throw in \"Deuce could\'ve gotten 2000 yards\" to put the fans behind us.. great job, Haslett. Guess Horn is about to receive \"the treatment\".
It\'s all about \"breaking the long one\".. Ball control be damned...
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