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papz 08-03-2012 08:10 AM

Grubbs hungry to fit in with Saints offense
 
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METAIRIE — When Ben Grubbs ventured into free agency, all signs pointed to New Orleans.

The former Pro Bowl guard with Baltimore didn't even need to hear Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer's recruiting pitch about the benefits of blocking for Drew Brees or how much other players have enjoyed working and living in the football-mad Big Easy.

"I tried to sell him on coming here and he just said, ‘Coach, I'm coming. Let's just go sign the contract,' " Kromer recalled after practice this week.

Grubbs grew up in Alabama and played at Auburn, and when All-Pro guard Carl Nicks left New Orleans during the same offseason in which Grubbs became a free agent, the opportunity to play closer to home and with a record-setting offense presented itself.

"I'm a Southern boy, so I fit right in. I feel like I'm at home," said Grubbs, who signed a five-year, $36 million contract in March. "From top to bottom, the Saints are a first-class organization — good coaches, good players. It was similar to Baltimore. That's why I made that decision."

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SmashMouth 08-03-2012 10:23 AM

Might he be better than Nicks? Time will tell ... and it will be fun to find out!

QBREES9 08-03-2012 10:36 AM

Just stay healthy

Rugby Saint II 08-03-2012 10:37 AM

He doesn't grade out as well as Nicks in any of the catagories.

|Mitch| 08-03-2012 12:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Rugby Saint II (Post 423568)
He doesn't grade out as well as Nicks in any of the catagories.

He was also blocking on a worse O-line and for a quarterback not as good as Drew, Drew will make him appear better

Utah_Saint 08-03-2012 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by |Mitch| (Post 423602)
He was also blocking on a worse O-line and for a quarterback not as good as Drew, Drew will make him appear better

Yep, and playing for a coach that seems to always get more out of his linemen than anyone expected from them.

And I think I've read (can't remember the sources) more than once now that the other linemen talk about how he's a great communicator on the line.

The Dude 08-03-2012 06:31 PM

I just hope he can adjust to a pass first offense. Kind of worried about that


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