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pakowitz 09-01-2004 10:35 AM

Saints need Brooks to go to next level
By Brian Allee-Walsh
Pro Football Weekly

Unlike the past two offseasons, when the comings and goings resembled a busy bus station, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Jim Haslett decided to make only a few key changes and coach up the players on hand.

Haslett brought in two veteran NFL assistants, Jimmy Robinson and John Pease, to instill more discipline and improve the work ethic for some of the younger wide receivers and defensive linemen, respectively.

Key additions include free agents DT Brian Young (from St. Louis) and RB-KR Aaron Stecker (Tampa Bay) and first- and second-round draft picks DE Will Smith and MLB Courtney Watson, respectively.

In order for the Saints to be successful, QB Aaron Brooks needs to take his game to the next level. He posted Pro Bowl-caliber numbers in '03 (24 touchdowns, eight interceptions), but they seemed insignificant next to his 11 lost fumbles. RB Deuce McAllister is poised for another banner season. Haslett (34-30 overall, 24-24 since '02) has missed the playoffs the past three seasons, suggesting the heat is on. But his current contract runs through 2006 at an average of $3 million annually, and he appears to have the full support of owner Tom Benson.

This might be Haslett's deepest and most talented team since he arrived in 2000. Time will tell.

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spkb25 09-01-2004 10:39 AM

Saints need Brooks to go to next level
i agree with u pack. i think that he made it to the next level last year as he seemed a lot less prone to forcing the ball which led to less interceptions. but the n there were the horrible fumbles always at the worse time. so that is the area he need to fix. if he fixes that and duplicates last years numbers he should make the pro bowl and the siants should be in better position. so we\'ll see. good article

pakowitz 09-01-2004 10:57 AM

Saints need Brooks to go to next level
thanks dude, but its pak not pack

CheramieIII 09-02-2004 04:54 PM

Saints need Brooks to go to next level
Hey Pakman, I have been making the same mistake for a while now sorry dude.

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