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Everything posted by Richard

  1. What does Baldinger say? He's who I want to hear from.
  2. On special teams, you should have added Taysom Hill, his punt fake sparked the team in a huge way.
  3. I'm anticipating a close game on the line of a 27-24 score. We must have our "A" game in all phases-period. They are the defending world champions and their schedule, despite their division, was almost as brutal as ours. Foles is a champion and plays like one, we need to attack him and get him uncomfortable from the get-go, otherwise he will be a major headache. I hope our offense attacks #29 early and often to break his spirit because he ain't that good. They will have to compensate for his weakness which should open up opportunities for our receivers. Ginn alone should be able to wear him out and open up lanes for the TE or a back swinging out in the backfield.Pounding the rock is essential to keep their secondary honest, patience is key in this regard and I feel that it will be rewarded. For all that is holy, keep someone on ERTZ at all times, TEs have burned our ass too many times this year. Keep to fundamentals- stay in your lanes, set the ends and stay at home, too many times we have gotten roasted by failure to contain the backside on runs and passes.
  4. I just want to wish every one in the WDZ family a Merry Christmas (or whatever appropriate holiday you observe)!! Peace and blessings to all of you as we head into a New Year!
  5. What announcing crew are we going to have for tomorrow night's game?
  6. We have no choice now, we not only have to win out, but we have now become every opponent's Super Bowl. Every team from here on out is going to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, to beat us and salvage a semblance of respectability for their season.
  7. Living here in Shreveport/Bossier this game is the equivalent to the Super Bowl and over the years it the ratio of Cowboy vs. Saints fans has become almost 50/50(back in the lean years it was more like 90/10). As a result, the smack talk has gotten louder and nastier for bragging rights in town. I'm clearly in the minority at work, I'm the only Saints fan vs. 8 Cowboy fans. The diddly-poo I'm hearing makes me want to say something, but I'm not saying a damned word. I just want to be able to walk in to work Friday and say "Who Dat"! and watch them mumble...and cry...and whine....Our D must be ready to neutralize Dak, Ezekiel and Amari all game long and our O line must keep Drew clean all game long as well. We have too damned many weapons for them to beat us and I'm hoping for an utter rout to the tune of 48-13.
  8. The chances of her getting hired are nil,but given her background and her knowledge of the sport and of the Browns, it would be a good opportunity to get insight from "outside the envelope" and perhaps get a different view of the franchise in general. She's a highly intelligent woman and would make a good consultant for the team should that opportunity arise.
  9. Fan since '69, I can attest to the fact that, back in the day, a 9-7 season was cause for celebration. The Dome Patrol days were a giddy time for us when teams actually feared playing us because the defense was so physical. For now, during the Brees/Payton Era, we are enjoying the game because of our offense is so damned good-we have raised the bar on offensive play as far as I'm concerned.
  10. Quite frankly I hope we step on the gas and run over them repeatedly until they are a grease spot.
  11. Given this unfortunate turn of events, who's available and how much cap space do we have left?
  12. I've said it before, the League is run by lawyers and they are "protecting the shield" by covering their asses on player safety. Most likely nary a one of those lawyers have ever played football in their lives and just don't have a clue as to the dynamics and physics of tackling. Get some of them padded up and let them get a taste of reality, maybe then they will understand that a 300 pound DT can't stop instantly (inertial dampeners don't exist-yet).
  13. I think getting Bridgewater was far better than getting Taylor, it might cost us a bit more, but we now have a true bona fide backup that we will not have to 'dumb down' the playbook for. He's a baller and a leader and that will make a difference for the guys in the trenches.
  14. Thanks Phil! I know Dave E will appreciate this as well!
  15. The reason I wanted Coach Sardisco to be posted is that he and Ernie were best of friends, many a time Coach would pull out old film from his days with the Patriots and regale us with stories of him and Ernie running the roads, as it were.
  16. Phil, Do me a favor and post Tony Sardisco. He was my coach at Jesuit, man was a character and from what has been said about him, he was one hell of a football player. I think you would be surprised.
  17. Yeah he had a horrid game last week, but even with that I'd take him over Savage. Hill's mobility and actual ability to read progressions sells me. To me, Savage is a disaster waiting to happen at any moment ala Matt Schaub. Hill's versatility alone outweighs anything that Savage feebly offers.
  18. I have been on this site in its many incarnations since the second day it was started, Dave E was working at Thrifty Liquor across the street from my house and knew I was a fan and I joined-19 years ago! It has been a home for me ever since, I've met and e-met so many great people as a result of this site that I am certain that my life has been enriched greatly and my knowledge and perspective on a lot of things has broadened as a result. One of my regrets regarding this site is all of the lost history of our early years and seeing the evolution of our family here. The Katrina thread was a piece of history that chronicled one of the largest natural disasters that directly and indirectly affected each and every one of us. There are many other threads in other Forums that would be interesting to read now in retrospect, but through it all the one thing that was readily apparent-our Passion! Passion for the game and passion for our beliefs and the ability to express that passion in our house. Etienne, our relationship alone is an example of how we have both benefited from this site,we started off as polar opposites,not so much now as we have learned and evolved our worldview and through it all we respected each other.You have done yeoman's work working this site and doing your other passions, it stands to reason you get worn out, but the results of your work here and in the world are greatly appreciated and deeply respected.
  19. One of the biggest changes, aside from the talent, was the change in the chemistry of the team. The culture that evolved from that alone was enormous-let's face it, for 3 years we were in the doldrums- flashes, but lack of consistency , lack of confidence, lack of urgency kept us in a circular funk. Sean Payton finally recognized that some paradigm changes had to be made in order to effect the changes that desperately needed to be addressed-primarily in the coaching staff from which the winning culture is ingrained into the players. The hiring of Jeff Ireland prior to the coaching changes was the seed that has produced solid players with high intelligence throughout his drafts that have become the nucleus of our young team. The coaches were gifted with talent in and of themselves to teach and ingrain the newer players in utilizing the their talents and offer them the opportunity to succeed and grow themselves into better players and put them into a position to succeed-on both sides of the ball. We are now blessed with 3 solid drafts of young, hungry, talented students of the game and building depth the likes that this team has never had on so many levels. I sincerely believe that this team from the management on down is as solid as it's ever been and has a concrete mission to accomplish their goal-win the Lombardi for TB!
  20. I really don't think it'll be much of a stretch to see Brees as a QB coach or asst. OC when he retires from playing.The man is a veritable encyclopaedia of knowledge of many years of being a true student of the game. I'd be willing to bet he'll understudy with Carmichael for a few years then he'll be ready to fly solo. His knowledge of defenses alone is formidable, I'd hazard a guess he'd be a good evaluator of talent on that side of the field. That having been said, as an analyst on TV, he would blow some folks doors in and run though them. I've always respected Gruden and Dilfer for their fair and knowledgeable insight, But I think Brees would outshine them immediately.
  21. Just my 2 cents worth on this, this is just an example of how the Patriots are a business to Kraft. Garappolo was the heir apparent in Belichick's eyes, but Kraft had no intention of tying up money for 2 QB's. You'll never see the Patriots straining with the cap due to the fact that they get so many draft picks and they trade folks before their rookie contract is up. Besides, the Patriots have had the luxury of being in one of the most consistently bad divisions in the NFL. I truly believe Brady has benefited from this with the seedings for the playoffs which have led to his allegedly GOAT stats. When Belichik retires or leaves, they will implode in a spectacular fashion.
  22. He must have thought it was a crab leg special and decided to grab some......
  23. For some reason, Ditka's emphasis was on the "Grabowski" type of player-blue collar guys. His tenure as HC for the saints only cemented the fact that he didn't have a clue when it came to talent. The truth is Buddy Ryan was the heart and soul of the Bears, Ditka was the Barry Switzer.