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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by Rugby Saint II Of all the younger players returning I am most excited about Wilson. He was really looking good and has huge upside. Dunbar just doesn't look right to me. Maybe it's just.....aw heck I don't ...

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Old 02-24-2012, 04:45 PM   #31
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Of all the younger players returning I am most excited about Wilson. He was really looking good and has huge upside. Dunbar just doesn't look right to me. Maybe it's just.....aw heck I don't know what it is. We are about to go from being one of the oldest teams in the NFL to one of the youngest. Kasay can sway that stat if he stays.
I know one thing we miss Darren Sharper badly and we need veteran leaders who know the game. That's one of the reasons I want to keep Vilma.

Couldn't have said it better myself, and I totally agree with your feelings on Dunbar - he'd be ok as a depth guy, but he's not a starter at MLB in my opinion.

If he goes into the FA pool, there's no way some team is going to sign him to be their starting MLB, so why would the Saints settle for that?
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Jo-Lonn outplayed, albeit an injured Vilma...I think he just needs a chance to get some reps with live bullets...
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Last year he was doing fine at OC, but DLP blew everything up.

Now we see that DLP over Tennant wasn't a knock on Tennant, it was DLP earning the nod.

I think the staff is still high on Tennant, they just found a surprise diamond in the rough with DLP.
I'd be glad if that was the case, but with a week of Training Camp with Tennant, FO went out and signed Kreutz; so was it a question of not being ready or is there a ceiling there for the BC Center?
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I'd be glad if that was the case, but with a week of Training Camp with Tennant, FO went out and signed Kreutz; so was it a question of not being ready or is there a ceiling there for the BC Center?

That's exactly what I was thinking also after they went for Kreutz, and when DLP won the center role over him when Kreutz got injured and later retired.
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I'd be glad if that was the case, but with a week of Training Camp with Tennant, FO went out and signed Kreutz; so was it a question of not being ready or is there a ceiling there for the BC Center?
Hopefully just insurance. The fact that they let Kreutz quit after a few games tells me they were comfortable with not only De La Puente but with Tennant as a back-up as well.
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DLP has been another great surprise, but we're getting thin on the OL and that will need to be addressed in the draft as Free Agency is murky at best right about now...

If Nicks leaves, we're gonna see how much a drop Strief has been...
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DLP has been another great surprise, but we're getting thin on the OL and that will need to be addressed in the draft as Free Agency is murky at best right about now...

If Nicks leaves, we're gonna see how much a drop Strief has been...
And we'll see how mediocre or worse Bushrod is.
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And we'll see how mediocre or worse Bushrod is.
It is truly tough to gauge how much of it is the OL and how much is Drew's ability to read and release quickly...

But running behind Nicks would surely be missed; but that's alot of money to commit to the guards...
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It is truly tough to gauge how much of it is the OL and how much is Drew's ability to read and release quickly...

But running behind Nicks would surely be missed; but that's alot of money to commit to the guards...

As long as they keep Nicks' cap hits low for the coming season and for 2013, they should be able to afford the pair of them without having to go to extremes in saving money on other positions.

Evans' cap hit for 2012 is ~$4.7M, but in 2013 it'll be ~$8.9M, but after that the cap increase should make their combined cap hits sustainable.

And we have to remember that Bushrod's 2012 cap hit of $6.75M will come of the books in 2013, so that would decrease the effect of Evans' cap hit in 2013, if they were to replace Bushrod with a more affordable LT.

All I'm saying is that they can keep both Nicks and Evans if they so desire, but none of us really know if that is what they want.

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Season Summary:
The Saints should play all of their postseason games at home next time. Their previous two seasons have concluded with a trip to the NFC West champion, so it's becoming clear that they won't be able to reach the Super Bowl again unless they secure homefield advantage.

Offseason Moves:

Offseason Needs:

Two Outside Linebackers: New Orleans' linebacker play is a joke. Aside from Jonathan Vilma, everyone must go. Unfortunately, the team doesn't have a first-round pick to fix this problem (Zach Brown would be a great addition).

Defensive Tackle: Only one Saint defensive lineman had more than four sacks. In a division with Matt Ryan and Cam Newton, this needs to change. An interior pass-rusher is needed.

Wide Receiver: Marques Colston and Robert Meachem are free agents. Colston already told the media that he won't be taking a hometown discount to stay in New Orleans.

Left Guard: Carl Nicks is a free agent. Because the Saints have to franchise Drew Brees, they won't be able to tag Nicks, meaning he'll be able to test the market.

Strong Safety: Roman Harper is constantly abused in coverage. This has to stop at some point.

Interior Offensive Line Depth: The Saints are a bit thin here.
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