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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by teddybarexxx Preseason is now over and all I have to say is I don't want to see fast starts and slow finishes as I did during the preseason. We have a very very tough game next week ...

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Old 09-04-2015, 10:42 AM   #11
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Re: Could it be

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Preseason is now over and all I have to say is I don't want to see fast starts and slow finishes as I did during the preseason. We have a very very tough game next week in Arizona. Although you don't want to predict your season by one game I do however, feels that the turnout of this game will give us a glimpse of what the season will be like. jmo.
Fast starts: First string players that will be playing 60 minute games starting next weekend.

Slow finishes: 3rd and 4th string players many of whom will be sitting in the stands watching the games just as we will be come next week.

I agree that Arizona is going to be tough. For the defense the stats I plan to examine closely are 3rd down stop percentage (31st in the league last year at an abysmal 46%), turnovers, sacks/pressures, 20+ yard plays, run YPC, and of course points. Reasonable numbers in these categories (35%,1+,3+,<2,<4.0,20 or less) is going to be the true measure of our season. If the defense can get in line with those numbers, we'll be fine. If not, it's going to be a long tough season.

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Old 09-04-2015, 10:57 AM   #12
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I'm ready to see a regular season game then I think we will see what our defense will really be like...
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Doh! (nothing more needs to be said!)
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:33 PM   #14
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I miss Greg Williams...
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:28 PM   #15
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While the rookies take their lumps they'll be learning the strength and speed of the NFL. It may take a few games to become a cohesive unit. If the defense is simplified to start the season and hopefully rookies perform adequately while the vets return we should be alright.

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Old 09-04-2015, 06:40 PM   #16
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I actually haven't been this unexcited about a season in a long long time. I just don't know about our defense. It really just looks bad. I could be wrong. Maybe game one will turn on a switch. But wow....I'm probably going to get stocked up on booze.
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Old 09-04-2015, 07:50 PM   #18
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I thought we could field a defense ranked in the low teens if we could avoid key or excessive injuries, especially at DB. We did neither...

Lewis - Out 4 to 6 weeks
Byrd - Who knows?
Browner - Hurt
Sunseri - IR
PJWilliams - IR
Vaccaro - Hurt
Spenser - IR
Ellerbe - Hurt
Spiller - Hurt

Our offense will have to carry us for a while, again.
I hope it can. Yes they looked good in preseason but there are still a lot of new faces. Receiver is the biggest question still. I think the line is going to be signifigantly better
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Old 09-04-2015, 08:32 PM   #19
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It could be if Sean allows an unimproved defense to take the field again this year, he may be out of a job in New Orleans. As the Head Coach he is responsible for the entire team's performance. Therefore the defensive problems will bring him down.
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Old 09-04-2015, 09:41 PM   #20
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I thought we could field a defense ranked in the low teens if we could avoid key or excessive injuries, especially at DB. We did neither...Byrd - Who knows?
Well, unless he wants some more butthurt from Goodell, Coach is about to disclose what's up...

And Dude, it could be that the defense only shows up in odd years...

The injuries and lack of continuity, chemistry is the wildcard that keeps projections for this team difficult at best...
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