Saints Practices alot tougher!
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Henderson: Saints practices have been tough
05:29 PM CDT on Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Jim Henderson / WWL-TV Sports Anchor
The Saints practices that IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ve observed have been more physical than in the past four seasons under Jim Haslett. They have conducted more practices in pads in order to have this team get tougher.
I think that when a team conducts a practice in shorts and in sweats it is sort of perceived as a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“day offÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? by the players. This year the coaching staff is gearing the team to come out of the gate fast.
I think youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ll see the starters go longer in preseason games and be more aggressive. I think the staff realizes this team wasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t ready when the opening bell was run last year and they know that this year, theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢d better be.
I love the enthusiasm of new coaching additions John Pease and Jimmy Robinson. I think theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ll be able to ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“coach upÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? those units and RobinsonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s unit, the receivers, really need it.
Caught my eye
Defensive lineman Kenny Smith, whoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s not likely to make the team. Receiver Talman Gardner, who I was not impressed with previously, has made some big catches and looks impressive this year. Boo Williams and Ernie Conwell are having good camps and Donte Stallworth looks great. I think maybe the light has gone on this year for him with the staff emphasizing how important he is to the offense and how badly they need him.
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