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  1. He came into camp overweight and out of shape last year after being warned. He played sluggishly all last season. The other thing is the Saints wanted to get faster upfront and now boast the league’s second fastest O-line. That helps in zone schemes, on pulls, and especially on screens, which the Saints run a lot of.
  2. So Warford has been released and Ruiz will start just as I said he would. Ruiz will be the starting center and McCoy, who played extremely well last year but is better-suited for guard, will start at RG. Nothing curious about this move IMO. Warford was named to the probowl strictly off name recognition. Peat was injured, which explains his performance. Warford, on the other hand, struggled mightily—especially in the game against the Vikings. Some team will pick him up but he’s a player on the decline. The Saints were wise to upgrade the position with McCoy now rather than later, and are also getting a talented rookie in Ruiz who a number of personnel men and scouts believe can be a multi-year pro bowler at the center position. I wish Warford well.
  3. Ruiz will not be on the bench, this I can guarantee. And neither I nor the Saints will be upset if Queen goes on to have a DROY type of season (I wish him very well) because he was never in the Saints draft plans. If Ruiz has been off the board, they would have taken Zack Baun—the same LB they drafted in the third who only fell because of a diluted sample. As for getting a pick for Warford, while it might be ideal I frankly do not care if they do. Again, he is in the final year of his contract and carries a cap hit of $13 million. Whether they cut or trade him, they will save significant money. My bet is they will take him to training camp and look to trade him to a team that suffers a major injury at the position; if that does not occur, he will be cut. What he will not be, barring an unforeseen injury, is the Saints starting RG. Finally, some teams are smart enough to see a way to improve even when things appear good. Other teams wait for the dam to break before trying to fix the problem. Warford’s play declined last season. If you wait times make that move, Drew might not make it through his last season.
  4. Yes, they paid a lot for him--all of $1.1 million. He turned down a significantly more lucrative offer from Pittsburgh to come learn under Drew and Sean. Smart move on his part and good deal on the Saints part to add depth. This is why they arguably have the deepest roster in the NFL although the Ravens, 49'ners, and Bills are pretty deep as well.
  5. Yes, because the pro bowl is the litmus test for good performance. Ruiz will start and they will jettison Warford this summer. As for Peat, his play was not good last year but he did have an injury. He is good on pulls and screens and his value increases because he is the start LG and the backup LT. The free agent market at both positions was bare; in essence, you would have to replace two positions in addition to the having to find a replacement for Warford is [also] in the final year of his contract. The Saints made smart moves. And ever since Jeff Ireland has joined the staff, they have drafted very well. But your red and black glasses will say otherwise.
  6. His 3-cone was 6.78. That was the third fastest time of all players in the entire draft. He’s very quick and you can see it when you watch his tape. And because of his size, it is especially impressive.
  7. Sorry to hear that Neal's injury is season-ending. I hate it for him and I hate it for your team because I know he's such a key cog on your defense. Last year, Kazee stepped up when Neal and Allen went down and maybe Ishmael will do the same. As a fan who right now has to be a prisoner of the "next man up" mantra with Teddy being that next man, I know that is sometimes easier said than followed. I also know that it is easy to assume Neal's career is done. But the kind of grit he shows on the field, I cannot imagine him failing to attack rehab. We have seen Thomas Davis come back and play at an all-pro level and Neal is cut from same cloth. And I know Sheldon Rankins has had a broken leg and a torn achilles and is expected back as early as this week though I guess we will have to see how well he plays once he returns. Point is, I wouldn't write Neal off. I hate your team but I hate injuries more.
  8. As a Saints fan, I do not condone the stupidity of the posts you have alluded to. I post on SR and the vast majority of persons there are considerate and sensible, just as are Saints fans. But as with every fanbase, you get those persons who cannot overcome their own comfortable ignorance. It is no different than the Saints-Eagles game thread posted here where a few crazies were openly calling for Brees, Kamara and others to be injured. Unfortunately, sometimes all we share in common with other fans is just love for a particular team. But that shared love for team does not stop the idiots among our fellow brother and sisters in fandom from being idiots. They are just idiots who happen to like the same respective teams as we do.
  9. Notwithstanding my allegiances to the Saints, and the rivalry aside, I truly wish Takk McKinley well. Mental health issues can be so debilitating yet remain largely disregarded. I have a brother, a former Marine, who battles mental health issues; I also have a brother-in-law who also has some serious mental health challenges. In both cases, things are often day-to-day with moments of joy and moments of despair. I am really happy that Takk has a friend who is willing not only to listen but also to act. In instances such as this, a failure to act can lead to detrimental consequences. Takk is certainly a talented football player with a bright future ahead of him. But this is bigger than the game of football and for his long-term health and wellbeing I truly pray that he is able to get whatever help and resources he needs.
  10. The Saints covered the spread without exerting much effort/energy to do so. A 13-point spread against their biggest rival, treating most of the game like it was preseason. Enough said.
  11. Oh wow, sympathy much.I’d hate to be one of your family members. Anyway, I feel terribly for Tim Green. Such a debilitating disease. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
  12. Nah, I’ll let the abusive anatomical relationship you have with your own genitalia continue to be your pastime alone. You’ll use it for those DIY projects you’ll be taking care around the house during the playoffs.
  13. I have come to the board when your team has won and lost. You can nickname it what you want. I do not expect a welcoming kiss whatsoever but if I see someone say something hypocritical or stupid about the Saints I will respond. The problem is not me, it is you. You are feeling butt-hurt. By the way, real internet gangsta move to say "get the **** out of here." Silly.
  14. Not trolling, not gloating. Whenever I come to this board, I am, by and large, respectful. But when you have someone make a silly comment, I am going to respond. To refer to the Saints as chokers when the Falcons have their own history of being choke artists is hypocritical. It is the pot calling the kettle black. My original intent was to come to the board to offer a perspective on how hard it is to recover from a 1-4 start until I saw this ridiculous thread. In any case, the Saints have been there. We had an 0-4 start and a 1-5 start. We battled back to .500 but could not get over .500 despite playing very winnable games against subpar teams both years. When you have a dismal start, it takes so much out of a team just to battle back. It did not surprise me the Falcons looked deflated, especially playing the second game in a row on the road. I would not be surprised if you all ended up 8-8. That's not shade or trolling--just a recognition that it is not easy to bounce back after a slow start, especially if your roster has been depleted by injuries.
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