Monday, September 24, 2012

Let's Point Fingers

Finger #1 (it's the middle): Roger Goodell

Are you happy now? Have you accomplished what you were hoping to accomplish? Is the game safer? Do us all a favor and die. Thanks.

Finger #2: Coaches/Play-calling

I don't care who you are or what your team looks like. With an 18 point lead and an offensive line that is having some real problems pass blocking, you run the god damn ball. Milk the clock and play field position. You've got three running backs you don't use. Sean Payton must be ashamed of the job you are doing. I know I am. Zach Strief may want to take the blame for yesterday's loss, but fuck that shit, if you see a man getting beaten all day, you give him some help. All day if need be. Back-to-back timeouts? You guys are so disappointing it's laughable.

Finger #3: The Officials

I don't even think you're going to be able to get a job officiating a high school game after the display you've shown consistently on the national stage. A fundamental lack of understanding when it comes to the rules of the game isn't acceptable. At any level. If I was as bad at my job as you are at yours, I would be unemployed. As you should be. The discrepancy of talent level between Division I officials and these scab officials is night and day. At least 7 points and a win were taken off the board.

Finger #4: The Offense

"But the offense put up an 18 point lead in the third quarter!!!" Shut up. Putting up 288 yards of total offense against the defense that was tied for last in the league with our New Orleans Saints is downright unacceptable. But hey, see Finger #2. That was the ugliest 4th quarter I have ever seen from a unit that used to take pride in blowing people out.

Finger #5: The Defense

Thank you for the turnovers. You did your job for the majority of the game but giving up 233 rushing yards isn't cool and you deserve the criticism you get. No one expected you to set the world on fire but good god almighty, when you guys fuck something up you go all the way with it. Finger #3 didn't help you out with what I thought was a pretty blatant hold (from the fucking terrace!) on the 91 yard touchdown run, but one hold should not a 91 yard touchdown make. Honestly, of all the fingers being pointed, you deserve the thumb. Minus that one big run, you held the Chiefs to field goals all day. May have given up some yards, but yards don't equal points.

Finger #6: All you assholes saying that the fans aren't doing their job and that the crowd doesn't sound loud enough on tv.

What the fuck is wrong with you? Kansas City gave back the majority of their allotment and you still didn't buy tickets. Blow me.

Finger #7: Myself

For believing that this Saints team could make something out of this season. Drew Brees looks like he's playing in San Diego. We miss Sean Payton more than any of us could have actually realized. Sean Payton is looking like Coach of the Year material right now from the slovenly, drunken mess I'm sure he was in on his couch watching that uninspired 4th quarter for the offense. I'm not holding out any hope that this team will do a god damn thing this year. I don't think that we should tank. We're better than that.   Getting home from the game just in time to watch the falcons finish wiping the floor with the Chargers makes all of this even worse. I don't give a shit about playoffs or Superbowls anymore. I just want to see this team not suck. That's what they've given us so far this year. Suckage. The inability to put together a complete game is disgusting. I'm just not buying what they're selling in their press conferences anymore. My eyes are not deceiving me.

Friday, September 21, 2012

No Looking Back

"Not so fast, bud. I'm a head coach."
So, here we sit. 0-2. Deflated, embarrassed and hopefully a little pissed. I watched the Carolina game a few times and it's the same thing that happened against Washington. This defense is ugly. Hopefully this doesn't become a trend in week 3. Matt Cassel is a statue. There will be no read option, therefore no more excuses. I like what Romeo Crennel had to say about his team's 0-2 start putting it squarely on the players. How shitty is that? They are in the same situation as we are with Crennel wearing two hats as defensive coordinator and head coach, but they had the brilliant foresight to put themselves behind the 8 ball by doing it intentionally. This team is awful from top to bottom. I know they have what is statistically a top 5 offense, but that really doesn't concern me. I'd be fine with them putting up huge numbers in yards and getting beat by a few scores. Remember Vikings fans after the NFC Championship Game? "But we got more yards than you!!!" Kansas City is the only team that sucks as bad as we do on defense and we know that their offense is nothing compared to a fully clicking, locked and loaded Saints offense. So, that begs the question: will we see the Saints offense that has turned this team into the contender they've become over recent years? If there was ever an opportunity for Drew Brees and company to get things rolling, this is it. Devery Henderson being cleared for contact and getting back into action this weekend could be the spark we were missing last week. He hasn't been consistently referred to as "Ole Stone Hands" in years and if it means not throwing anything in the general direction of Joseph Morgan, I'm good with it. Also, I'm sure I'm not the only one who is getting tired of seeing Corey White getting beat or being 2 steps behind his receiver so Johnny Patrick being back is also a big plus. If you were to ask me, I would have to say that this is going to be the Saints week to shine. Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, you were made captains of this defense for a reason you haven't shown us since the pre-season. Please pick a damn pass off on Sunday.

The Chiefs defense is not stout and should be picked on early and often. I know Drew Brees supposedly has trouble playing against a 3-4 defense, but I'm still clinging to hope that this is going to be the turnaround point for our offense. Feed the ball to any of our 3 active backs and control the clock. Wear the Chiefs down so that we can open up the play action passing game and get some one-on-one match ups when they have to honor the run. Everything the Saints haven't been doing this season is Football 101, and both you and I know it.

"I'll be back. With bigger balls than ever.
Bringin' some bitties with me too."
One thing we seem to sorely be missing is Sean Payton's in-game adjustments and play calling. Random guy whose head is still stuck up his ass will want to make his point. "But Carmichael called the plays after Payton went down last year!" Yeah, well, so what? It hasn't been pretty and we have shown up looking disgustingly flat in two consecutive weeks. The preparation with Payton during the week leading up to the game obviously had much to do with Carmichael's success calling plays come game time. And whatever happened to the Saints team that would be in a close game going into halftime only to come out in the second half to blow the god damn doors off and roll to a W? It went the same way as the play calling. It's sitting on the couch eating junk food and drinking beer. Screw you, Roger Goodell. I hate you and the shit you have pulled.

I'm not going to just throw up my hands and drop a tear in my beer because Payton is gone. Screw it. It happened. We've got to be able to rise above this putrid start. Honestly, heading into week 3, I can't help but feel that running with Vitt and Kromer as the interim and interim-interim head coaches was a rather large blunder. Seems like they (Benson, Loomis, whoever) did it this way so that there wouldn't be a huge disruption in coaching when Payton does come back, rather than in an effort to win football games this year. Seriously, how can you say that this coaching situation is anything other than a total clusterfuck? You can't. Look, I'm not piling on Kromer. He didn't ask for this. He is not Sean Payton. He's the offensive line coach and running game coordinator for a reason. Well, we're stuck with this situation and I don't think that Joe Vitt is magically going to fix things when he comes back after game 6. All I know is that, just like the defense, there's nowhere to go but up from here. Joe Vitt is a rah rah kinda guy and that's something that we can use during the game. I can't recall our coaches working the scab officials even once. How is that possible? What the fuck else is there to do when there are officials whose sole purpose, it seems, is to be worked over and taken advantage of? (Apparently, yelling at referees is now banned too in the NFL.)

Heading into the season I said that as long as we went 3-3 before Joe Vitt came back we'd be okay. I still believe that. Really, I just wish it wouldn't have started like this. Wouldn't have been so damn painful and ugly. I still have hopes for a good season that finishes in the dome with Goodell having to hand over the Lombardi to Tom Benson, who in turn says, "Nice try, Roger.". I still believe that Drew Brees is going too be in the discussion for MVP (and subsequently get snubbed). I still have faith in Steve Spagnuolo and what he can do for our defense, with the players we've got. (How awesome of him was it to move his press conference from Friday to Monday to face the music from the press following a dismal showing in Carolina? That takes balls.) We don't have to be world beaters on defense considering the potential of our offense. A few turnovers and three and outs would be satisfactory. Something. Anything.

All in all, heading into week 3, we couldn't ask for a better opponent than the Chiefs.

Who dat, y'all. We got this.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

0-1, What in the Bejeezus Happened?

I told myself that I wasn't going to write anything about this game until mid-week to let the sting dissipate but it's not going anywhere. Let's not shit ourselves. The Saints looked awful. In every aspect of the game. For the majority of the game. Awful. (By modern day New Orleans Saints standards, that is.)

I honestly couldn't believe what I was seeing. I disagreed with everything the Saints did in the first half. Offensively, they did nothing to set the tempo by running the ball, had dropsies galore, couldn't block, and did not look like the Saints offense we have come to know and love. I'm not getting down on the team and its prospects for the season but it didn't look like they were prepared for the moment. Christ almighty it was a HOME OPENER! We should have and could have beaten that Redskins team if we had bothered to show up. I'm not one who believes that Drew Brees' contract situation had anything to do with the performance we were served on Sunday night. I'm not buying Kromer's post-game interview where he said that the defense was prepared for what the Washington offense did. Even Washington had to be surprised by that offensive showing. Props to them. They got one over on us. Won't happen again. I honestly do believe that.

Let's talk about it for a second and see where we stand, yeah?


"I'm rich, beeatch!!!"
Drew Brees.

Tipped passes, inaccurate throws, sub-50% completion percentage, 2 picks and something that looked like a lack of understanding as to what was coming at him or what was going wrong for a lot of the game. (With so much going wrong, I can't really blame him.) Honestly though, Drew puts up a couple stinkers every year and looks like this might have been one of them. One of those interceptions came on the last play Hail Mary, so there's that, but there were two other picks to be had and they were totally on him. I have faith that he will be better this week. He better, or we lose.

Running Backs.

Hard to even judge considering that we didn't utilize them. I'm not buying the excuse that we were down too much for too long to run the ball. We went into that game with no plan for utilizing the running game and that was apparent. Mark Ingram, in my opinion, is a  back who needs the rhythm of 15+ carries to really get in the groove. I like him in the '09 Mike Bell role of bruiser on short yardage situations and mop up duty. The difference between Ingram and the role Bell was used in is that Ingram can catch the ball. The only problem with that is that Sproles and Thomas are better receivers than he is. We've got to figure out a way to successfully manage our running back to maximize their potential and the impact they have in the game. You'd think that given the fact that Aaron Kromer has been in control of the running game for the past few years that this wouldn't be a problem. Right? Well, apparently it is. Only time will tell if we take advantage of what could be considered the best and deepest backfields in football.

God dammit, give these guys the ball, especially when the passing game isn't clicking.

Get well, Devery.
Wide Receivers. 

Joe Morgan showed us the exact same thing that he showed us throughout the preseason. He's fast and can't catch. Awesome. Good job, good effort. If he doesn't start catching the ball he's practice squad bound. Highlights from 2 pre-seasons ago isn't going to keep him on the active roster.

Marques Colston. The drops and the fumble were so out of character for him that I wonder what his deal was. Being hampered in practice leading up to the game probably gave him some jitters that wouldn't be there normally, but that's no excuse for a guy who's been as consistent as he has been for years. Good lord, that fumble was a killer. I'm not going to bash the guy who will go down in Saints' history as their best wide out ever, but I really hope he steps it up and shakes this game off because we need him as our go-to guy. NEED.

Devery Henderson. I hope he's okay and that's it. He didn't look good walking off the field after his only catch in the game. He's always been our best blocking wide out and has become pretty reliable over the years. Let's not forget that those Morgan drops would have been passes to Henderson that I would like to think would have yielded better results.

Lance Moore. After not making a circus catch in the first quarter and being more or less silent throughout the first half, he was very visible in the second half and was pretty much the lone bright spot in our receiving corps. Moore averaged 20 yards/catch in this game and that's typically not his stat line. He stepped up when his number was called, unlike a lot of this team.

Jimmy Graham. Throwing him in with the receivers because I don't even want to talk about Dave Thomas. Graham got his ass kicked every time he touched the ball, but kept doing his thing. He took some vicious hits that would have taken lesser men out of the game. He's bigger this year and it shows in his blocking. He has all the skills now that had he played a full college football career would have made him a first round pick and there just isn't a damn thing you can do to stop him sometimes.

Offensive Line.

They sucked.

We need to see more of this!

They didn't know what hit them, and I don't think it was their fault. There seemed to be a lack of preparation for what was thrown at them and then a lack of urgency to figure it out after it was in their face.

The D-Line

Cam Jordan. He was undoubtedly the star on the line against the Redskins and I hope to see more games like that from him. He hustles. He makes plays. He is a presence that has to be accounted for. 11 tackles mostly at or around the line of scrimmage. Not too shabby. I look forward to his progression that we started to see at the end of last season.

Will Smith. Would have been better off with him suspended on Sunday. Trent Williams owned him all day long. No double team necessary. Disappointing showing from someone who is definitely on the downside of his career. Not once Sunday did I see the classic "Will Smith being grabbed from behind by the neck and the offense not getting called for holding" and that's disappointing. We saw it in the preseason, so we know it's still there. Was it the lack of practice? Was it the low to high of the suspension being overturned? I don't know what it was, but it needs to be figured out if he is going to play Sunday against Carolina.

Sed Ellis. Looked decent, and that's probably selling him a little short. All in all he did his job and wound up with more tackles on the stat sheet (7) than I thought he had in live action, so that's a good thing. He was disruptive up front and was stout against the run. I want to see the Pee-Wee Herman dance from him because that means he's really doing his job. He's our "get after the quarterback" DT and I didn't see much of that. Then again, I didn't see it from anybody. RGIII stayed as clean Snday as he's going to stay all year.

Brodrick Bunkley. He moved the line at times and at others was rather invisible. Such is the nature of being a run stuffing DT. He is a force to be reckoned with out there and is an upgrade to Franklin from last year's defense. Will Smith's inability to draw a double team on the outside allowed the double team to slide inside and may have effectively washed out some of Bunkley's effectiveness and opened the holes in the Skins' running game. The cutback runs weren't huge but were good enough for decent gains.

Would have liked to have seen more of Junior Galette whose speed could have helped contain RGIII's ability to scramble and run that option. Tom Johnson and Turk McBride? Meh. Also, how about we get a chance to see what Martez Wilson can actually do?


I thought they looked good. As a group, for the most part, they DID THEIR JOB. Shining star in this group? This guy: Scott Shanle.

Scott Shanle. The Shanle was playing the game of his life, which included a tackle deep in the backfield, always being in position to make a play instead of piling on after being three steps late and then went and got hurt. Shanle's been a rather healthy guy for us, much to some fans' chagrin. Liked what I saw from him in his limited action and hope to see more soon.

Curtis Lofton. Looked the part running sideline to sideline and got off his blocks. He showed up to play. 9 tackles is solid. I still think he's better than Vilma in the middle, but that's not even up for discussion until after week seven, at which time it will be revisited.

David Hawthorne. Damn you, Hawthorne! Even the Shanle was shining! Our secondary was paper thin behind you and you looked like crap. Out of position, slow, and took bad angles. The only starting linebacker to not consistently DO YOUR JOB! Highly disappointed. Hope it has something to do with the injury, because I can't handle another game like that.

Will Herring. Took over when the Shanle went down and didn't screw anything up. Forced a fumble on special teams and finished the game with 5 tackles. Tip of the hat to you, sir, for coming in off the bench and not sucking.


Douche bags. That's what it means this week. Who didn't screw something up at one point or another? Jabari Greer's absence was felt from start to finish. Every year there's a sports hernia on this team and the joke isn't funny anymore. Get well soon, Jabari. Please.

Patrick Robinson. Lots of folks think he was utter garbage, trash that should be tossed to the curb after week one. He gambled, dropped an interception that he had two hands on (come on though, you can't argue with gravity), and loafed off the field on the 12 men on the field penalty. Was he great or even good? No. The 12 men penalty is enough to keep me pissed off at him for the rest of the season, but if I were to give him a grade for his actual play, I'd have to give him a C-. Is that what you want to see from the guy playing as your #1 corner? Hell no. If you've got a better idea as to who should play in his spot, call Airline Drive. I'm sure they want your opinion.

Johnny Patrick. Another guy who was playing consistently until he came up gimpy. His play was encouraging until he got injured and gives me some hope for our secondary (if they are ever all healthy at the same time.) Patrick had a nice pass breakup in the end zone and wasn't toasted once.

Corey White. Keep hating on the guy. He's a rookie who was forced to play a lot more than he should have because of the injuries to Greer and Patrick. He played hard, had 5 tackles, and looks to not have any quit in him. He trailed too much in coverage for my taste giving too much separation to receivers rather than making them earn it, but that is correctable.

Jerome Murphy. Saw more of him than I would have liked but for the same reason we saw a lot of White. We need to get healthy in our secondary if this defense is going to do what it is designed to do. No two ways about it.

Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins. Harper got screwed on that PI call and everyone knows it, yet people still call for his head. (I still think Harper was picked illegally on that ridiculous 88 yard TD pass.) He was all over the field and did what he has always done: clean up in run support and be okay in coverage. Malcolm Jenkins didn't really wow me in one way or another and there were a few missed tackles because he wasn't in good position. Considering the overall depth of our secondary for this game, I have to say that Harper and Jenkins (our 2012 defensive captains) did the best they could with the hand they were dealt.

How's about a lil' of this as a head coach?

Seriously, WTF? Pardon me, Mr. Aaron Kromer, do you think it was a smart decision to shot a bag of heroin before your first game as head coach? Are you doing your best Jim Caldwell impression? There is NO excuse for a lack of vocal leadership on the sideline, even if he is the interim-interim head coach. Those refs were garbage and not a word was said. If that's the job he's going to do, we'd be better off with me on the god damn sidelines because at least I get pissed off when we get screwed. Kromer had a combination of "Aww...shcucks," and "Deer in headlights/roadkill" look on his face throughout the entirety of the game. That shit ain't going to cut it. Do something god damnit!!! Anything!

Curtis Johnson. Do we miss him and the rapport he had with our receivers? I have no clue. I know the guy who took his place, Henry Ellard, was lined up to take his job the second CJ went to Tulane and has been with the receivers all summer long. If Colston has bricks for hands all year then I may be ready to scream for the guy's head, but until then, let's see how this whole thing plays out.


Wake up call. Hopefully. If not, it's going to be a long year. Roman Harper suggests that we don't jump off a bridge just yet, so I'll keep giving them a shot (like I'd ever stop rooting for the Saints no matter what). If the offense would have been clicking for four quarters instead of one and a half quarters, the game would have been the ass kicking we were expecting.We've seen much much worse than we saw Sunday, even from this particular Saints era, and we're all still breathing. I expect a better showing against Carolina this weekend since the element of surprise is not there. If we are the more physical team this weekend we will win. If not, well...Tampa beat the Carolina Newtons by pushing them around.

Who dat, y'all!

P.S. Thoughts that came to me before hitting publish:

It's true that we're spoiled and don't really know how to process ugly games from Drew. He's been so damn good and so damn accurate for so damn long that whenever he has a bad game and things don't go our way that we, as irrational fans, are shocked into thinking the sky is falling. At least we know the sky and can see when it's about to fall. When I was growing up, what I thought was the sky falling was really just a big illusion of a football team that just didn't have it in them to be real winners. Drew Brees came in here and changed that. I heard a national radio host making fun of us this morning, saying things like, "Drew Brees saved New Orleans from Katrina," and following it up by reading one of the uber-intelligent comments from nola dot com about Drew getting paid and not having an incentive to even be good anymore. What he was saying was obvious sarcasm unless you're an irrational moron (like me when I first heard what he was saying) but the truth of the matter is that Drew Brees and Katrina will forever be linked. Everyone who knows anything about New Orleans and knows anything about Saints fans knows that we are loyal to a fault and that winning football games was a great distraction to the disaster that our lives had become. What I'm getting at by rehashing all of this that we all already know is this: Drew Brees is the best thing that has ever happened to the New Orleans Saints and we don't know how to deal with it and therefore feel guilty when we criticize the performance he sometimes gives. At least I do. Well, I've come to this realization after listening to the Wednesday press conference. Drew said, "I'm my own biggest critic," and that takes all the guilt from all of us in criticizing his bad performances. So, Drew, from Saints fans everywhere, you looked like shit yesterday and anyone with eyes could see it. We love you and will always be grateful for the level you've made us accustomed to, but please don't do that shit again. We know you want to win probbably more than we want you to, so take away some of the pressure that had obviously gotten between your ears Sunday and be done with it. Play football. Make us happy. We don't like it when you suck. Please cut it out. Thanks. Who Dat.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

53 Man Roster Is Set: What's it mean to you?


I didn't watch the Titans game. Tried listening to it on a battery powered radio but was too busy being bitched at for trying to enjoy myself after taking care of other people's property since the Sunday preceding that punk Isaac. Note to self: If no one else gives a shit about their lives, possessions, homes, and needs; it isn't your responsibility to do it for them. Now that I've gotten that little tid bit of a rant out of my system, let's talk some Saints. WHO DAT?!

So, since I'm a little late to the game because of circumstances beyond my control I'm sure you've all seen the Saints 53 Man Roster and have discussed it amongst your friends, family, and the voices in your head and are probably pretty pumped for the upcoming season.


Biggest surprise? Got to be Matt Tennant. I was shocked to see him straight up released. Not shocked in the least to see him picked up by the Pats. We kept him around long enough for him to pick up and understand a complex offensive scheme and be a backup to the best interior line in the league. Belechick must think that his staff can get him to be bigger and stronger and more nimble. When Brian de la Puente beat him out last year, Tennant had to know his days were numbered.

Second shocker? It's got to be Arrington. Word is that he'll be ready to go for the opener next Sunday and that's great and all, but I'm just not impressed with the guy. But since the dust has settled, I think this was a smart move. Arrington knows the offense as well as he knows the trainer's table and that is a huge plus. I don't know what it is about him that just rubs me the wrong way. He just doesn't seem to have that same scrappiness that the rest of the team has, but he's been around longer than I care to remember for the amount of hype he's had each passing year. Looking at his college highlights makes me sad.

Joseph Morgan made this team because of said scrappiness. And because he's fast as hell. And because if he becomes the playmaker we all thought he would be after last year's pre-season he could be one hell of a steal for this team.

Andy Tanner made the practice squad which I think I great. The kid has really grown on me this year and I think that if and when he gets called up to the game day roster for whatever reason, he will catch the ball. That's what he's proven he can do: Catch the damn ball, wherever it is when it's thrown in his direction.

Camarillo didn't show us a damn thing reallly, but there's years of tape on the guy and he's a phone call away. Having him on the opening day roster would have cost us a little more than what we would want to pay the guy for what we need him to do, so, good move in my opinion.

So that's it. After all the talk about the camp battles at receiver it ends up being Arrington and Morgan (the two favorites for the position before camp opened.) Colston, Henderson, Moore, Arrington, Morgan, and Roby.

Our Reggie Bush jerseys aren't going to waste!


Travaris Cadet. I said last week that he would be kept and he was. I know I'm not some genius but there was a lot of debate as to whether or not he would clear waivers and make it to the practice squad. Obviously the team felt the same as I did. The guy is just too versatile to not have on your team. What does surprise me about keeping Cadet is that they kept Korey Hall (a supposed special teams ace who we brought here to be our starting fullback but got beat out by Jedidiah Gabriel Collins.) I just assumed that with David Thomas back that we could use him as an H-Back and not have the need to carry two fullbacks. Hence, me being a blogger, not front office personnel.

Hicks and Walker. Yeah, Hicks was our first pick in the draft this year, albeit a third rounder, but we dumped Al Woods the year before and many drafted players have been let go by this organization. Hicks is no Al Woods. Al Woods wears Akiem Hicks pajamas. Tyrunn Walker would have been considered a surprise had we not all seen what he could do out there. Many times we would see 75 and 76 wreaking havoc together and I hope we see it all season long. I understand that Bunkley and Ellis and even Tom Johnson would have to be considered for more snaps than both Hicks and Walker but it's still good to see depth like this at the DT position.

The IR List. Look at all those red shirts. Who Dat! Business as usual even without Payton at the helm. Sad to see Nick Toon missing his first year, but it may be for the best.


By the defense?

I covered a lot of this in the above section so I am just going to touch on a few other things here.

Let's see how this is going to stack up, starting with the DB's.

Greer and Robinson: We know what they can do. Johnny Patrick: We think we know what he can do. Corey White: Still is yet to have picked off Drew Brees at practice, but I trust the decision to keep him. Jerome Murphy: If Spags trusts him and he is as good or better than Elbert Mack, let's roll with it. Mack was nothing special in Tampa and did nothing to make himself stand out in camp. I actually had forgotten he was here. These guys'll do just fine as long as we can bring some pressure to opposing quarterbacks.

Harper and Jenkins: I am in the minority that believes in both of these guys and thinks that they got stuck in a bad situation with Gregg Williams once his "I'm gonna blitz and blitz and blitz and then blitz again" game plan got figured out. I like the Harper quote from the beginning of training camp which I will paraphrase out of laziness, "Of course we'll have more interceptions, our backs won't always be to the QB." Jenkins was just made a defensive captain for a reason. Watch these two guys this year. They seem to be itching to prove all of their Saints fan doubters wrong. Their backups: Quddus and Bush (#25 brah!!!!). IQ looked good in limited playing time and I never trusted Amaya on anything but special teams so I am glad that his bags are packed. Sucks for the guy, but he is just a special teams player and a stop-gap, in case of injury kind of back up to Harper. As to Bush, Rafael: I dunno. Neither do you. Neither does anybody. Undrafted to Atlanta and then picked up by Denver. No real stats or starts to even look at so we'll see what we see when we see it. Maybe Spags just didn't like Amaya since it seems like Bush is going to be playing the same role. Or maybe they just wanted us to start wearing some Reggie Bush jerseys again. I don't know. Again, I'm a blogger, not a talent scout.

By the offense?

Only if they suck, which they won't.