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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; We played this game here last year. Let's play it again. 1. The addition of coach Willy Robinson and Haslett being involved in the defense will make the defense much better . Buy or Sell? Here's what's being said about ...

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Old 02-07-2005, 10:34 AM   #1
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Buy or Sell?

We played this game here last year. Let's play it again.

1. The addition of coach Willy Robinson and Haslett being involved in the defense will make the defense much better. Buy or Sell?

Here's what's being said about the defensive changes:

After finishing last in the league in total defense, many Saints fans expected and called for changes to the defensive coaching staff. Instead of subtracting, though, coach Jim Haslett added. New senior defensive assistant Willy Robinson was hired to a newly-created position in hopes that he can assist coordinator Rick Venturi in weekly game-planning and aide the staff's young assistants on that side of the ball. Robinson, a nine-year NFL coaching veteran, is regarded as a sound defensive strategist who has experience in all areas of the defense. Haslett, whose background is on the defensive side of the ball, will also be more involved. The defense improved dramatically down the stretch, and Haslett and Venturi want to carry that momentum into the 2005 season. The addition of Robinson is the first step in that direction. . . .
2. Jonathan Sullivan will be the man next season.

Buy or Sell?

Here's the plan for Sully:

Something to Prove: Third year defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan is probably looking at his final shot with the organization this offseason. Defensive line coach John Pease has made the underachieving lineman his personal project. Haslett has mandated that Sullivan drop his weight from the 320-330 range to around 300. He also wants Sullivan to spend his entire offseason in New Orleans. Sullivan reported to camp in terrible shape a year ago and never regained top playing condition. That ultimately cost him his starting job. The Saints are looking at Sullivan as a wild card. They aren't counting on him, and anything they get out of him is a bonus.
3. Mike Sheppard will improve the offense.
Everyone knows Sheppard's background.

Buy or sell on these topics? You make the call!!



[Edited on 7/2/2005 by GumboBC]
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Old 02-07-2005, 06:32 PM   #2
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1. buy- easy to improve here eh? if they performed like a top ranked d for the last 4 weeks then why not a whole year. temper that with realism and moving up to 20-24th would be significant with the offense maintaining status quo muchless improvement

2. sell- looks like a slug. a name that will live in infamy. plenty of these in every teams history. but with today\'s scouting and shared info this just happens to be maybe the worst in the entire history of the saints imo. ya just cannot have too many or too often of them.

3. dunno. hope some kinda continuity equals smoother transition and fear that it is too much the same with just a different name.
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Old 02-07-2005, 07:58 PM   #3
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sell all three... venturi doesn\'t need help, he needs go get out of town... sullivan, all i can say is \"bust\", and sheppard was here last year and we still went 8-8....
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