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tiggerpolice 08-24-2005 08:45 AM

Haslett fires back
 
Haslett fires back
Coach growing tired of media's analysis
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
By Jeff Duncan
Staff writer
Saint coach Jim Haslett has been in a snippy mood lately.

You'd think the Saints had suffered a lopsided loss to the Houston Texans instead of whipping the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on national television last Thursday night in an exhibition game in Foxboro, Mass.

Seems Haslett is unhappy with the criticism he's received about his decision to play most of his starters for three quarters in a 37-27 win against New England.

Haslett said the move was determined before the start of the preseason and was designed to improve the mental and physical condition of his starters for the regular-season opener against Carolina on Sept. 11.

When asked what his playing rotation would be for Friday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens at the Superdome, Haslett bristled.

"It's only Monday, and I really don't want to tell you guys because you'll end up taking it on the radio and say you played too much or you didn't play enough," Haslett said. "You try to analyze everything we do, so I'm probably not going to tell you."


DEALING WITH TRAGEDY: Saints offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard said he hasn't tried to call former coordinator Mike McCarthy to offer his condolences on the death of San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Thomas Herrion.

Herrion, a 23-year-old guard, collapsed in the locker room Saturday night, minutes after the team's exhibition game at Denver. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sheppard can sympathize with McCarthy, who now is the 49ers' offensive coordinator. Sheppard was the head coach at the University of New Mexico in 1990 when defensive lineman Chris Cooper collapsed and died during conditioning sprints. Cooper, a 270-pound defensive lineman, reportedly had rhabdomyolysis, which causes a breakdown of skeletal muscles. He had passed a physical earlier in the week.

"It's unfathomable," Sheppard said. "It's something that never leaves you. You never get over it. You just move on."


SPECIAL ATTENTION: Special teams have been a point of emphasis for the Saints in the wake of a sub-par performance against the Patriots.

The normally reliable coverage units surrendered a 53-yard kickoff return to Ellis Hobbs, a 31-yard kickoff return to Brandon Childress and a 19-yard punt return to Tim Dwight.

"We were awful," Haslett said. "We weren't timed up very well. I think our get-off was just atrocious, but (punter) Mitch (Berger) hasn't kicked a lot, so they never really had a chance to work with Mitch on the get-off. They were doing a much better job when our second kicker (Nate Fikse) came in. That was part of it. We weren't coordinated right.

"We had some young guys who have never played on it, and they weren't doing very well. Our punt coverage units didn't do very well. We didn't punch, we got grabbed, and we got thrown around. That was probably the most disappointing, but we'll fix that. I promise you that. We will be better this week."


ETC.: Haslett said rookie right tackle Jammal Brown is expected to return to practice today. Brown missed two practices with a sore AC joint in his left shoulder. . . . Linebacker Roger Knight (knee) has returned to practice on a limited basis.


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Euphoria 08-24-2005 09:40 AM

RE: Haslett fires back
 
I think it was a good call to play the starters longer... you're going up against the best hell even there second string is damn good and we get tons of reps preparing for the start of the season. I think going into the game its what our 1st teamers needed... many reps against a champion... so what.

papz 08-24-2005 11:11 AM

Bah... edit double post.

saintz08 08-24-2005 11:19 AM

Quote:

"It's only Monday, and I really don't want to tell you guys because you'll end up taking it on the radio and say you played too much or you didn't play enough," Haslett said. "You try to analyze everything we do, so I'm probably not going to tell you."
Wah wah wah

Well I am not going to tell you what I am doing friday either

Wah wah wah

Someone wanna help me out with some music to this sad song ??

papz 08-24-2005 11:28 AM

When I saw Darren Howard blitzing at the beginning for the fourth quarter, I thought it was pretty sad. What were we trying to prove playing against their 3rd stringers with our first unit? I know we needed to make a statement, but it really didn't prove anything to me. The Pats had the lead at the end of the first half against our starters. We put up a good showing by only being down by a touchdown at halftime against the defending Superbowl champs. I thought it was fine to play them in the third but to see them in the fourth was ridiculous. That's just my opinion though for what it's worth.

Finally... that's what I tried to write up there... geez.

Memnoch_TP 08-25-2005 12:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by saintz08
Wah wah wah

Well I am not going to tell you what I am doing friday either

Wah wah wah

Someone wanna help me out with some music to this sad song ??

You are covered. The world's tiniest violin is now playing in the background.

BoudinSandwich 08-25-2005 04:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by papz
When I saw Darren Howard blitzing at the beginning for the fourth quarter, I thought it was pretty sad. What were we trying to prove playing against their 3rd stringers with our first unit? I know we needed to make a statement, but it really didn't prove anything to me. The Pats had the lead at the end of the first half against our starters. We put up a good showing by only being down by a touchdown at halftime against the defending Superbowl champs. I thought it was fine to play them in the third but to see them in the fourth was ridiculous. That's just my opinion though for what it's worth.

Finally... that's what I tried to write up there... geez.

Well, lets look at what happened. Darren Howard blitzed against their third stringers (according to you.) Apparently, he did not gain a sack in doing so. This is not a good thing....at all. He's our designated franchise player.

papz 08-25-2005 09:01 AM

He leveled Cassel and the pass was incomplete. You can't get a sack everytime.


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