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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Seeing all the long term signings (Horn, Deuce, McKenzie), a sign of life from Sully, and perhaps (big perhaps) some sort of stability at the LB position, I feel that the offseason can be classified as "somewhat satisfactory"... ..so, looking ...

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Old 07-30-2005, 02:14 PM   #1
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What would be a successful 2005 season?

Seeing all the long term signings (Horn, Deuce, McKenzie), a sign of life from Sully, and perhaps (big perhaps) some sort of stability at the LB position, I feel that the offseason can be classified as "somewhat satisfactory"...

..so, looking ahead, what would you consider a successful 2005 season?

For me, a successful season would be playoffs and:

If wild card, wildcard game win and at least a show of force in the divisional game.
No blowout a la Minnesota. The wildcard game isn't exactly a game between 2 powerhouses. So winning the wildcard game and then getting the carp kicked out in the divisional game will not be a successful season in my book, much less a loss in the wildcard game.

If division title, reach the NFC game.
If they have to play the wildcard game, and they lose it, that'd be very bad. If they don't have to play the wild card game, that would mean they are playing the divisional game at home. If they lose, that'd be very bad too.

Some people may think these are lofty goals, but if the NFC doesn't improve much from last year, and an 8-8 record gets you in the playoffs, not getting past the wildcard game is just bad...

..of course, not reaching the playoffs would be even worst...
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Old 07-30-2005, 04:49 PM   #2
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RE: What would be a successful 2005 season?

10 regular season wins and a playoff win would be a step in the right direction. Of course, Haslett did that 5 years ago and look at what happened. If they go 10-6 and win a playoff game, I say Haslett ain't off the hot seat next season until he proves he can win again without taking 5 years to get back to the playoffs.
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Old 07-30-2005, 05:33 PM   #3
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Some of you will poo-poo my standard of success, but hear me out.

I think that success this season equals winning the division and getting the 1st round bye.

I think it's important for this team/management/coaching staff to show that there is talent enough to win here and that a playoff appearance isn't a fluke.

Sitting around waiting for team x to lose or tie and team y to lose and team z to lose or tie to give us a playoff berth doesn't indicate that we're playing great football.
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Old 07-30-2005, 06:45 PM   #4
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Finishing with a record better than 8-8 and making it into the playoffs. I know I'm aiming low, I just don't want to be heart broken again. Winning a playoff game would be icing on a cake for my season.
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Old 07-30-2005, 08:04 PM   #5
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Hasbeen's resignation and the immediate releasal of the make shift coaching staff . Which would lead to the hiring of a qualified Head Coach .Whatever it took for that .............

My favorite Hasbeen quote :

"We work on it, we stress it," Haslett said. "I don't know what it is. If you have any suggestions, send 'em in. This has been going on for two years now. We work on it. We stress it. I'm at a loss. I don't know what else you can do."

The answer is resignation ......
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Old 07-30-2005, 10:21 PM   #6
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Making the playoffs in style, not backing in like we almost did last year. I'd accept a wildcard as long as we got wild card because we lost out on the division to a 12-4 or better team. Looking competitive and prepared EVERY game is a must.
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11-5 and win the division. Also winning a couple of playoff games, and playing like a team that means business. Simply getting into the playoffs as the wildcard then losing, will not get it done.
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