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The New Orleans Saints made their assistant coaches available for the first time this offseason in pre-draft interviews with WWL radio and the team website last week. I already detailed the highlights from the Dennis Allen interviews in this post and Rob Ryan interviews in this post.



Here are some more notables from assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.:

Exhaustive pre-draft work: Vitt stressed the importance of the Saints’ 2015 draft class, citing a number of reasons: their total of nine picks overall; the fact that they’re in a “semi-transition” after releasing so many longtime veteran leaders over the past two years; and the fact that “we don’t ever want to pick (as high as) 13th again.”

“Our coaching staff, our scouts, we’ve seen more players in person on the road, interviewed more players, watched more film, did more cross-checks on players this year than any time I’ve been here, and maybe any time in 37 years in the National Football League,” Vitt said. “We have left no stone uncovered this year. We know the importance of this draft. ...

“These players are gonna be part of the foundation.”

Vitt on pass-rushers: The Saints have been hard to please when it comes to drafting edge rushers and linebackers throughout the Sean Payton era. They had never drafted any in Rounds 1 or 2 in Vitt’s tenure until this year, when they drafted inside linebacker Stephone Anthony in Round 1 and outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha in Round 2.

Joe Vitt: Saints put more work than ever into 2015 NFL draft class - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN

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Old 05-08-2015, 10:01 AM   #2
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That was both encouraging and depressing to read at the same time. Encouraging that we put so much time and effort into this draft and depressing that we didn't as much for all the previous ones.

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I think he meant we had more picks and not just low round picks either. A lot more to sift through. I don't believe we previously were just going through the motions in other drafts. This draft could also be a complete bust as well. All that extra effort may not even pan out.
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Please keep Anthony and Kikaha away from Vitt as much as possible, why am I am already having bad dreams of Vitt derailing these guys careers
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I don't have a problem picking 13th or higher. Trade up, get picks... get up there and get one.
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That was both encouraging and depressing to read at the same time. Encouraging that we put so much time and effort into this draft and not as much for all the previous ones.
My thoughts exactly. Maybe that's the problem with our "D". It appears that they follow the lead and don't put the maximum effort every week.
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My thoughts exactly. Maybe that's the problem with our "D". It appears that they follow the lead and don't put the maximum effort every week.
I realize that it costs more money to do more research. But come on, Why haven't we put this much effort into it before? Aren't we the team that always seems to find small school gems? I thought our pre draft research was better than anyone else.
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i guess, if you're a person who feels our biggest problem last season was defense than yes, this draft would excite you. for me i feel we neglected to deal with the elephant in the room and that is our lack luster offense. i'm gonna say this till the season starts and i'm (hopefully) proven wrong. i have questions (concerns) about our receiving corp, our te corp, our running corp, the o line and yes drew brees. who dats, as an offense (as you all know) i kept saying they look "stagnant". too many 3 and outs, too many turnovers, that along is a recipe for disaster. you cant keep putting your (so called) sorry defense on the field and hope for a miracle. you have to, unfortunately, score points, control the clock and then maybe then you'll win games. now that didnt happen and overall the entire team sucked. hopefully this season we'll get back to superbowl form, i'm just saying dont hold your breath.
What kind of backwards world do you live in...
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What kind of backwards world do you live in...
He's the guy that has to find something that no one else has thought about. He makes things up based solely on opinion (his), then tries to blow people away with his theories, even though they are not supported by factual evidence and are completely insignificant.

All his theories are completely off base, but there is a reason behind them. He wants to be right about something that everyone else thought was wrong. That way he can say "I told you so."

Basically, he'd argue that an orange isn't orange and that its a mix between red and yellow.
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I don't have a problem picking 13th or higher. Trade up, get picks... get up there and get one.
What?

So losing seasons are palatable now?
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