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tiggerpolice 06-27-2005 07:40 AM

Team Report
 
The addition of veteran WR Az-Zahir Hakim bolsters the depth and experience at the receiver position. It also indicates the club is not sold on second-year speedster Devery Henderson as the No. 3 wideout. Henderson was enjoying a strong offseason until being sidelined by a hamstring injury. That setback concerned team officials, who still believe Henderson has the skills to be a starter. Still, the club didn't want to risk going into the season without a proven veteran reserve behind starters Joe Horn and Donte' Stallworth. Hakim was a productive slot receiver in St. Louis and Detroit and is more comfortable in that role than at the two outside receiver spots at this stage of his career. The Saints had planned to use Stallworth as the primary slot receiver before Hakim's acquisition. That is likely to change now. . . .

Veteran defensive lineman Willie Whitehead could be in danger of losing his roster spot. During offseason workouts, veteran Tony Bryant filled the swingman role Whitehead occupied in recent seasons. Bryant's emergence as a steady contributor, coupled with the presence of promising young linemen Jimmy Verdon, Jason Jefferson and Rodney Leisle, would render Whitehead the odd man out.


SCOUTING REPORT: Veteran strong safety Jay Bellamy has blossomed into a team leader in recent years after nearly being cut two seasons ago. Bellamy is smart, tough and knows the defense as well as any player on the roster. The 12-year veteran struggles to make plays in space and is primarily a run defender at this stage of his career. He's at his best in run support or blitzing from the box. His role will be reduced slightly this season. Rookie standout Josh Bullocks showed such strong ball skills in practice that he supplanted Bellamy in nickel and dime packages. Still, Bellamy is a favorite of coordinator Rick Venturi because of his reliability and leadership and will continue to see considerable playing time.


COACH UNDER PRESSURE: Defensive coordinator Rick Venturi is regarded as a cerebral strategist, but his defenses have ranked near the bottom of the league in his three seasons at the helm. Many fans called for his head after the defense ranked last in the league last year and were shocked to see him retained for a fourth season. Coach Jim Haslett considers Venturi a mentor and is extremely loyal to him. Venturi's cause has been hampered by questionable personnel decisions (safety Tebucky Jones, linebacker Cie Grant and defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan) and sub-standard play at middle linebacker. Nonetheless, his unit needs to improve, or he could be forced to move upstairs into a front-office position next season.


TIGHT ENDS ANALYSIS: Grade: D. Veteran Ernie Conwell is well past his prime, and Boo Williams was a bust as a starter. This unit is the biggest question mark on offense.


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4saintspirit 06-27-2005 07:44 AM

Great -- the guy stinks the place up and the article thinks they will move him upstairs to the front office

BigBull45 06-27-2005 08:16 AM

Meier Should Surprise
 
I think people will be surprised by TE Shad Meier. This kid can catch! Look for him to get a lot of playing time.

I also think Zachary Hilton will prove to be a threat in the red zone. His size and ability are great!

if Boo Williams can shut his mouth and dedicate himself on the practice field, he could be great as well.

Euphoria 06-27-2005 09:19 AM

RE: Meier Should Surprise
 
Boo Running his mouth? Boo is great... just had an off year I hope. The man catches long balls like a WR.

BigBull45 06-27-2005 09:25 AM

Boo spent most of his time on the practice field clowning around rather thatn focusing on the task at hand. Then on Sunday he made more mental errors and dropped more passes than he caught. He needs to dedicate himself to being the best he can be.

saintz08 06-27-2005 05:43 PM

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Coach Jim Haslett considers Venturi a mentor and is extremely loyal to him. Venturi's cause has been hampered by questionable personnel decisions (safety Tebucky Jones, linebacker Cie Grant and defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan) and sub-standard play at middle linebacker.
This part of the report is scarier then being a gerbil in Malibu .

Hampered by questionable personel decisions - all decisions Hasbeen made about players he loved and brought to the team .

Venturi a mentor to Hasbeen and Hasbeen is loyal to him - by far the scariest part , despite pathetic showings on defense , Hasbeen is loyal to Venturi and Benson is loyal to Hasbeen . Sounds like a lovefest , not an organization trying to achieve sucess .

Sub standard play at middle linebacker - Linebacker was Hasbeens position in Buffalo and he later held the linebacker coach position for the Raiders .When a player coach cannot establish a level of excellence at his own position , you have to wonder ........

WhoDat 06-27-2005 07:28 PM

I agree completely 08.

The LB problem is very scary. Didn't Haslett also start as a LB coach in Pittsburgh too before being made D Coordinator there? The Haslett, Venturi, Loomis, Benson brain trust is seriously scary.

saintz08 06-27-2005 07:55 PM

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The Haslett, Venturi, Loomis, Benson brain trust is seriously scary.
This almost makes me look forward to the thought of Rita taking over and the new jokes that will produce .

What has 108 legs and needs a tampon ??

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dannymac909 06-27-2005 10:53 PM

In Boo's defense I think he was interfered with on every single pass that came his way last season. Just ask him.

no_cloning 06-28-2005 04:32 AM

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Originally Posted by 4saintspirit
Great -- the guy stinks the place up and the article thinks they will move him upstairs to the front office

I wish they had done this after last season. Probably would have created furious debate on the board, but think about it this way: Just keep him as far away from the players and the scheming as possible.
Haslett is obviously loyal to him (I mean OBVIOUSLY) and isn't likely to just fire him. So the best case scenario is to promote him to a position where he cannot do as much damage.
Kind of sad, but true.

It's hard not to agree that TE is the biggest question mark on offense. Not sure if Conwell or Boo will be getting the majority of playing time. Maybe someone like Shad Meier will step up. I also like Hall for his blocking ability. Still not sold on Hilton.


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