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pakowitz 03-12-2004 09:50 PM

Benson's car salesman pitch sending wrong message
 
By BUDDY DILIBERTO

First, the encouraging news. The New Orleans Saints stepped up and signed one of the top defensive linemen in free agency, Brian Young, to a contract.

The 26-year-old defensive tackle, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, passes muster from some key listening posts. Draft analyst Mike Detillier says, "They got a good player; a player who has a high motor and comes to play every down. He's a little under-sized for an interior lineman (6-2, 278 pounds), but makes up for that with intensity and passion. Young should make an immediate impact."

Howard Balzer, longtime media columnist and broadcaster in St. Louis, says of Young, "He's got a real nose for the football. He set a (Rams) franchise record last season by recovering five fumbles. The Saints have gotten themselves a good football player ... make no mistake about that. Young was one of those salary cap casualties that force teams to lose players they would not want to lose."

Young started 31 games in three seasons and outperformed a trio of St. Louis high-profile, first-round draft picks at the interior line spot; players like Damione Lewis, Ryan Pickett and Jimmy Kennedy.

Time will tell how much of an impact Young makes on the Saints' interior defense, but at first blush it would seem that he's just the kind of player that can get last year's No. 1 pick, Johnathan Sullivan, to elevate his game.

Now the bad news


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deadflatbird 03-13-2004 09:23 AM

Benson's car salesman pitch sending wrong message
 
Bension is kind of right... it all depends on who you listend to and some people did predict the Saints finish 7-9 and 6-10 even.

WhoDat 03-13-2004 04:48 PM

Benson's car salesman pitch sending wrong message
 
Quote:

\"I think Jim Haslett is as good a coach as there is in the National Football League. He works at it. He thinks about it. He breathes and sleeps it.\"

Huh?

Those are qualifications?

I\'d say every coach in the National Football League works at it, thinks about it, breathes and sleeps it.

The factors that separate the more successful ones from the others are talent evaluation, the team\'s intensity game after game, discipline and how the coaching staff improves the level of play.
Jim Haslett is terrible in all of those categories. He doesn\'t develop talent well, the team doesn\'t play with much intensity, they\'re undisciplined, and obviously the .500 record over the last three seasons shows that he hasn\'t improved the team\'s level of play. He should be gone already.


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