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4saintspirit 05-02-2005 06:39 AM

from the saints team report
 
Quarterback Aaron Brooks is quietly enjoying one of his best offseasons. He has been a leader in the club's offseason conditioning program and has dedicated himself to being a more vocal leader. The coaching staff is ecstatic with his progress.

We have heard this every single year -- question -- is this just more propaganda from Haz to make the fans go easy on Brooks - or is it true this year -- I certainly hope its true but I have heard Haz and Brooks call wolf too many times --

saintswhodi 05-02-2005 08:38 AM

from the saints team report
 
Rest of the report:

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Saints Team Report
05/01/2005

Jeff Duncan
New Orleans Times-Picayune


The drafting of Jammal Brown will have a domino effect on the offensive line.
Veteran free agent Jermane Mayberry can stay at right guard, which is the
position he played for most of his career in Philadelphia. Right guard Montrae
Holland will shift to left guard, where he\'ll compete and probably supplant
Kendyl Jacox. The staff wasn\'t happy with Jacox\'s play last season. He was not
in great condition and lost the quickness and agility that made him a top guard
during his first two seasons. With Brown, Mayberry and Holland, the line has
upgraded three positions. The right side should be particularly powerful with
Brown and Mayberry. . . .
Don\'t be surprised if rookie Alfred Fincher pushes for playing time as a
rookie. He has natural leadership skills and is the kind of take-charge leader
the unit has lacked in recent years. If nothing else, Fincher will push
second-year linebacker Courtney Watson and make him a better player. . . .
Quarterback Aaron Brooks is quietly enjoying one of his best offseasons. He
has been a leader in the club\'s offseason conditioning program and has dedicated
himself to being a more vocal leader. The coaching staff is ecstatic with his
progress.

SCOUTING REPORT: Running back Deuce McAllister is the heart and soul of the
offense, but he needs to dedicate himself more to the weight room and get in
better shape. McAllister has the frame to carry 240 pounds and still be
effective, but he\'s a truly special talent when he plays around 225 pounds. At
that weight he retains the breakaway speed that allows him to outrun defensive
backs and make big plays. McAllister is more comfortable running between the
tackles, but he can also make plays outside. He is an excellent receiver and has
improved tremendously as a blocker. Because of his selfless attitude and
commitment, he\'s one of the most respected players on the team. There are few
weaknesses in his game.

HARD TRUTH: The Saints did their homework on rookie quarterback Adrian McPherson
and were smart to wait until the fifth round to take a chance on him. But
there\'s reason to be concerned about a kid who is still not being open about his
involvement with a gambling scandal at Florida State University two years ago.
McPherson lied to FSU coach Bobby Bowden, one of the more lenient coaches
around. What\'s to say he won\'t do the same to Jim Haslett? There\'s a reason
several teams eliminated McPherson entirely from their draft boards.

DEFENSIVE TACKLES ANALYSIS: C. Brian Young plays with heart and non-stop hustle,
but he needs to be complemented by a superior run stuffer. Johnathan Sullivan
should have been that guy, but he\'s been a major bust.

natedogg02 05-02-2005 09:53 AM

from the saints team report
 
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Quarterback Aaron Brooks is quietly enjoying one of his best offseasons. He has been a leader in the club\'s offseason conditioning program and has dedicated himself to being a more vocal leader. The coaching staff is ecstatic with his progress.

We have heard this every single year -- question -- is this just more propaganda from Haz to make the fans go easy on Brooks - or is it true this year -- I certainly hope its true but I have heard Haz and Brooks call wolf too many times --



I dont think its a lie. Brooks is always been a hard worker in the offseason. The vocal leader thing is what we\'ve been hearing every year. (usually trying to make him more of one)
They said he stood up and made a speech to the team before the Caralina game, and he\'s starting to speak up in the offseason program. (some things he\'s never done before, and plus this is his what 5th year as a starter, bout the time he should be speeking up. right)

4saintspirit 05-02-2005 10:23 AM

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[quote:754aeb53d8] I dont think its a lie. Brooks is always been a hard worker in the offseason. The vocal leader thing is what we\'ve been hearing every year. (usually trying to make him more of one)
They said he stood up and made a speech to the team before the Caralina game, and he\'s starting to speak up in the offseason program. (some things he\'s never done before, and plus this is his what 5th year as a starter, bout the time he should be speeking up. right)[quote:754aeb53d8]

I hope so -- I think if he starts putting skin in the game (becoming more vocal) maybe he will play with more passion earlier in the game


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