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WhoDat!656 11-30-2011 06:24 PM

Smart changes helping the Saints be contenders
 
The Saints might look the same as they did in Super Bowl XLIV, but there are some major differences.

Sure, Sean Payton is still in the driver’s seat, with his crutches in the passenger side. And the chassis looks the same: Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Will Smith, the offense of a thousand formations and the Gregg Williams defense of a million blitzes. But there has been a lot of redesign under the hood. The Saints are winning with the help of a lot of players who were not around, or who had minor roles, during the team’s Super Bowl run.

Here’s a closer look at some of the new features available only on the 2011 Saints. Some are already well known. Some are less visible. All are making an impact.

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Tanier: Smart changes help Saints remain contenders - NFL- NBC Sports

jnormand 11-30-2011 06:30 PM

Nice read. Thanks!

foreverfan 11-30-2011 07:56 PM

Really? We have a million blitzes? Now I know what's wrong with the defense.

As Jon Gruden noted in the Monday night game, the 260-pound Graham often runs deep routes to draw coverage so Devery Henderson — one of the league’s fastest receivers — can run shorter routes underneath.

Love it. LOL

Danno 11-30-2011 07:57 PM

Quote:

The Saints took a big risk when they let center Jonathan Goodwin leave as a free agent after the lockout. The only true center on their roster when Goodwin left was Matt Tennant, a former undrafted rookie with little experience
Undrafted rookie?

Beastmode 12-01-2011 04:53 PM

Saint: Smart Changes
 
Tanier: Smart changes help Saints remain contenders - NFL- NBC Sports

ScottF 12-01-2011 05:00 PM

good read-
I like this line:
Enter De La Puente, a 26-year old “rookie” who has been involved in 20 roster transaction and zero games during a three-year non-career

44Champs 12-01-2011 05:16 PM

And I really liked this one:

Built for the Future: The Saints are far from a has-been champion trying to saddle up for one more Super Bowl run before Brees, Smith, Vilma and others pass their expiration dates. Graham, Ingram, De La Puente and Dunbar are just part of a young core that also includes defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and Patrick Robinson and defensive end Cameron Jordan. The Saints are built to be a very good team for several more seasons.

jeanpierre 12-02-2011 05:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danno (Post 353109)
Undrafted rookie?

To the Editor...

In a recently posted article, entitled Smart Changes Help Saints Remain Contenders located at Tanier: Smart changes help Saints remain contenders - NFL- NBC Sports on the web a gross factual error is made.

Your employee, Mike Tanier, states in said article "The only true center on their roster when Goodwin left was Matt Tennant, a former undrafted rookie with little experience."

Mr. Tennant was, point of fact, drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 158th pick; would refer you to the following articles and to his NFL.com player profile National Football League: NFL Draft 2011 - Matt Tennant

Would appreciate a note published below the article once said correction can be properly verified as Mr. Tanier failed to do.

As I am sure you'd agree, your writer has a fundamental obligation as a member of the press to verify his article before publication, even if he is associated with the New York Times...

Danno 12-02-2011 08:35 AM

Yep, and as always, our young players are brought along slowly, so I expect good things next year from Cam Jordan, Martez Wilson, Johnny Patrick, Jonathan Casillas, Junior Galette, and to a lesser extent, Jonathan Amaya, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Greg Romeus and maybe even Nate Bussey.

strato 12-02-2011 08:54 AM

Championship!


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