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  3. David, I appreciate all the work and effort you've put into this site. I came on board this site around 1999, when the Saints Digest or Saints Report (can't remember the exact name) site went down. WhodatZone was a welcome relief - a site full of good people with a passion for the Saints. I remember members like Holy Avenger, Saintsalive, Fetchmonster, Coach Largent, Ed, and many more. It was engaging and fun. You did a great job with all of it. Thank you very much for all of your efforts. It is very much appreciated.
  4. David, I have to say I am not surprised and completely understand. I myself have not been here much at all, despite being one of the oldest members. I barely look at sports websites at all anymore. I will always appreciate the Saints home you provided here, as it kept me connected to New Orleans. I have lived in Texas over 22 years now, and have planted some serious roots by purchasing a small ranch late last year. My fandom in the Saints has waned over the last several years, and I have lost faith in the integrity of the NFL after the BS I have witnessed. It is truly the "No Fun League" now. I will probably continue to watch them, even with Drew now gone, but my passion for them is lost. I would like to give a hat-tip to Etienne for keeping the faith for the last several years and staying on top of things around here. Thanks for the memories, I have some really good ones from your site, especially the chat room during games. Pat
  5. The one constant in life is change. We all go through it for better or worse; we understand your decision David. The Saints and this site were a pleasant distraction from other forms of media, and a place where we could express ourselves. I am not a social media person and this was actually the only site that I participated in, partly because of the subject matter and mostly because of the people, and the civilized nature of the discussion. I was off and on over the years as my own life changed, but as things happened with the Saints I always looked here for both information and to share my opinion. Like most good things, there is an end. Thank you David for giving us a good natured forum over the years. You should have no regrets as the people here enjoyed the forum and it’s simplicity. It was like having a pen and paper. We wish you the best with your life and future. Thank you to all the members who participated and your support and responses. I’ve made some wonderful friends around the world because of it. I will miss hearing from you. We’ve had fun over the years, from Ditka and Haslett, to Brees and Payton, through the heartbreaking losses to a Super Bowl victory that made “Still Waiting” change his name! 😂 As Brees retires so does the Whodatzone! I wish everyone the best!
  6. I agree. Thank you for giving us this site for all these years. Good luck.
  7. David, I cannot thank you enough for this site. It is the first page and the last page I check every time I get on the internet. Many of you have been here for me in some of the hardest moments of my life. I will miss you all, and again David thank you again for giving us a place to share.
  8. I think Jameis will win the job, and I see a more measured approach. He is saying all the right things like take what the defense gives you and so on. Time will tell. I do think Payton expects him to start, no real sign, just a hunch. I feel he gives us a more traditional passer than Taysom. I am scared Taysom will not last a full season as the starting QB. We always seem to find one or two hidden gems every offseason. This is the year we need about 4-5. Heard an interview with Richard Sherman, and there seems to be a belief that the Saints are set at CB. He said he doesn't think the need is there for him compared to what the media and fans are saying. He did say he would fit in like a glove here though. I am not sold he would be an upgrade at 33 and only playing a handful of games last year. Realistically we can be competitive if Lattimore locks his side down, and doesn't miss too much time. I am very curious if the offense opens back up with more deep bombs, and the play calling. Brees needed timing throws because his arm was not there, not to mention his short height affected his ability to see down the field. I am curious if TreQuan SMith develops more as he is a more deep ball receiver and Deonte Harris. I am curious to see if MT's route tree changes too. I love Drew and will miss him, but he did limit some of the offense because of his arm strength. He did however carry us in 2 minutes because of his wisdom. Going to be a very interesting year with so many changing pieces this year.
  9. Wow, I forgot it was a 17 game season !
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  11. I was actually thinking we go 9-8 this year, no playoffs. I really hope Jameis surprises me though....and if not....I hope we go after Russell like a dog for a bone.
  12. There are many of us that know exactly what you are feeling. I've been here since Katrina and it is usually the first thing I open up when I sit down at my pc. I wish you nothing but good fortune, David, and I thank you for bringing us all together. I'll never forget you guys and the discussions.
  13. I am really sorry to say this, but I am going to be shutting this site down. I have been absent for many years already, and left this site in such a sad state of affairs that I no longer have the desire to keep this site running, because it really needs attention that I don't have the time or quite frankly the willingness to devote to it. At least not in the way that it deserves. I've had some major changes in my life with moving back to the coast, losing both of my parents, and almost dying, that have happened to the point that I'm not the same person that I was when I first started this up. And not even really in the last five years as it stands. I still love football and the Saints but my desire to share almost anything online has all but evaporated. I will always been eternally grateful for the friends I have made here along the way. In the end the only thing that matters is how people treated you and made you feel - what your memories are - and I have met some of the best people on earth through this site. I have made memories that I will remember for the rest of my days. And that's priceless. I hope those of you who have stuck around can say the same. I cannot apologize enough for never making this site what it should have been. I had plenty of ideas but little execution, and for that I am sorry. Y'all really deserved better than what I have done, especially in the last almost 10 years now. I basically walked away because my personal issues and so many things have changed for me that I just don't have the passion that I once did for doing any of this. Web development is my job. I still enjoy doing it, but it is work, and after I get through with work I really don't want to do more work. I know how that sounds, but it is what it is. This site was never about me - it was always about you. You brought the viewpoints, the humor, the support, and the passion. I'll leave the site up for a couple of weeks but after that I am going to pull it down. I will probably put up something at the whodatzone.com domain but the forum as it is will be gone. My life is better for having had this site and the opportunity to meet so many great people and have so many great experiences. I hope you can say the same.
  14. Now that the draft is over, the Saints 2021 edition is starting to take shape, although I hope unfinished in player acquisitions. After renewing my season tickets for one more year, it hit me that we are going to experience a Saints season without Drew Brees at QB for the first time in 16 yeas. How will Payton adapt, how can they make the team competitive, how will they shore up a defense with a few rookies and free agents filling in for 3 DL starters, 2 LBs starters, a CB starter and an All-Pro CB likely to be at minimum, suspended, and losing some key special teams players, and area that excelled last year? I do not see an improved team, but that was kind of expected with the salary cap issues. The QB position is a big question mark, Winston and Taysom at the controls? A lack of depth for sure all around. A healthy Michael Thomas and Donte Harris would be a big plus. Can players like Braun, Trautman , Callaway, Kaden EIliss, Lil' Jordan, and Ruiz step up? Will Davenport finally reach what we thought was his potential. Our main FA pickup was a FB, Alex Armah.. maybe we will depend more on the running game? Can Payton keep Winston from throwing INTs, or can Taysom be an NFL starter? Going through the current roster, I see players that I have never heard of: Josiah Bronson DT, Mike Brown, Alex Hoffman, Shaq Smith, and Eric Burrell (no position ?), Nolan Cooney P, Jalen Dalton DT, Andrew Dowell LB, Ryan Glasgow DT, Ethen Greenridge OL, Grant Haley CB, Chris Hansen LB, Derrick Kelly OL, Jake Lampman WR, Jalen McCleskeu Ex-Tulane WR, Christian Ringo DE, Steve Scott III RB, Dylan Soehner TE, Bryce Thompson CB, Calvin Throckmorton OL, Nick Varret TE, Trill Williams (SAF ?), Marcus Willoughby LB, Ethan Wolf TE, and Lawrence Woods CB.... I realize most of these guys probably won't even make the roster.... Who among the Draft Picks will make the Roster? Adebo, Baker, Book, Turner, Werner and Young? Certainly Turner and Werner, and probably Adebo, unless he is a bust. At this stage, I would think the Saints will be successful if they can make the playoffs. Maybe we will lose to the Bucs twice in the regular season and get to beat them in the playoffs this time? The Bucs are clearly the NFC South favorites. I cannot help but wonder if Drew had retired a year earlier would Tom Brady be our QB and would we be SB Champs? I say that because it turned out Drew was injured and played at less than 100% after his return. No regrets when it comes to Drew. Too early to predict records, but if I was to bet, we will be fortunate to win 10 games and hopefully make the playoffs. I do not see the Saints as a Super Bowl contender, and hope that I am wrong. And it is always important to remember that only 1 team ends the season the way they want, so we can have a good season with less than a SB.
  15. I think Hill made the right decision. He suffered various concussions over the years, probably more than any other player on the Saints team. I cringed whenever he got hit. Hopefully, he will be well health-wise and have a happy retirement.
  16. Don't get me wrong, Ingram is a good player, but I actually think our chances improved to win the Warriors game with him out at the end. Instead of dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble, then brick... the team actually had to step up and play as a team. Ingram tends to disappear at the end of games, hold on to the ball, miss free throws. Hopefully, he will improve but I don't feel he has the killer instinct. I don't know if that is something you can teach or actually develop... experience helps. Maybe I am wrong. With Zion, he has that fire in his belly... you saw him step up and hit those free throws when the game was on the line. Zion has turned the ball over at the end of games, being double and triple teamed, bu the will learn and get an outside shot that will make a difference. Ball is hot and cold, but one thing about him is that he has shown improvement from one year to the next, and I expect he will continue to improve. He plays good defense. He was the difference in the last two wins, and the one loss. We need more outside shooters. In general, this team isn't going anywhere in the playoffs, but I would like to see them make it just to get Zion a taste of it, and keep him engaged as a Pelican. Like other players, Paul and Davis, he will eventually get tired of losing. Zion has a Chris Paul mentality... I always thought Anthony Davis wasn't a leader.. he is in the right place with LeBron, I just didn't like how he got there at the fans expense. At the end of the day, there is no team loyalty in the NBA.. players will go wherever they feel they have the best chance to win a trophy.....
  17. We watched both games. As bad as he was on Monday that's how good he was Tuesday. You said it - inconsistent. It's the same problem everyone on this roster other than Zion is having this year. They will look like a contender one night and get blown out by a mediocre team the next. There's no pattern. This team is like Forest Gump's box of chocolates...you never know what you are going to get.
  18. Lonzo was awful on Monday. Then he had a great game on Tuesday. He's so inconsistent. I didn't see it but he had 30+ and was the leading scorer.
  19. Wish him well. Underdog who carved out a nice 8 year career in the NFL.
  20. That's true. I am assuming that he had some trade value. Very possible that anyone who wanted him is just willing to wait until free agency.
  21. It was just announced he is retiring. Glad he is going out on his own terms. Sad to see him cut by the Saints, but maybe they knew something when they did it. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2021/05/04/report-josh-hill-is-retiring/ Report: Josh Hill is retiring Posted by Myles Simmons on May 4, 2021, 5:32 PM EDT There’s a reason why the Lions are bringing in Darren Fells for a visit. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, tight end Josh Hill is retiring. Detroit signed Hill to a one-year deal in March. A former undrafted free agent, Hill spent his first eight seasons with the Saints — the last five alongside Dan Campbell, who was his position coach. Hired by the Lions as head coach in January, Campbell then helped bring Hill to Detroit. Hill appeared in 14 games with seven starts for the Saints in 2020, catching eight passes for 46 yards with a touchdowns. He recorded 116 receptions for 1,071 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career.
  22. It's possible that nobody was willing to give us anything for Lonzo either. I have no idea what trades were available and what were not.
  23. I'm just a fan. Ireland has a proven track record. I'll trust him over any media talking head
  24. I dont think the Saints draft haul this year, is half that bad the "experts" what's to make us believe. I think that, except for I. Book, the rest of the picks will make the team. WR and CB will have impact next season, already.
  25. I know it's the Warriors - but these are not the Warriors that won those string of championships. They are still dangerous, but beatable. And they are the team we are *supposedly* gunning for in the playoff race. The Warriors and the Spurs. And both of those teams handed us pretty definitive losses recently. So it's not a stretch to say we are done. Get to the offseason...the lottery. Re-think this roster and go get players to build around Zion with. Of course, I'm still concerned - we should have traded Lonzo before the deadline to salvage something for him. As it is now we either let him walk for nothing in free agency or we match whatever offer he gets....and I think that will hamstring our ability to add talent around Zion. Lonzo is not a bad player...and at the right price I like him on the team. But he's streaky. And if another team is going to throw a boatload of money at him, we have to let him walk...for nothing...when we could have gotten something a month or two ago. Frustrating.
  26. Another great shooting night for Lonzo. I think he was something like 3-17. I know he started 0-8. He was just terrible. Couldn't find the ocean from the beach. He blew at least 3 alley oops to Zion not to mention several turnovers. It's not all on Lonzo. Bledsoe sucked too. And Van Gundy should have yanked Ball. Total diddly-poo show. The only positive to take from this game is that there are only 7 more games to suffer through. I really hope Ball is let go at the end of the season. And Bledsoe. This teams desperately needs some shooters.
  27. Weird year, weird draft. I don't think any team was able to get a typical full view of all the players, so I really doubt anything coming from the talking heads. Teams don't just put out misinformation on QB's, but I just look at SF/Jones saga vs the truth and realize these talking heads know very little. I feel the Saints took their type of players and I trust their track record. With the Saints being a talented, more experienced team and drafting late; it's not like a lot of rookies will make the team. I would have been fine if they had traded every pic for 1 or 2 players. Actually, if they had traded all their draft pics for one of the top 2 CB's, I would have said 'good enough'. (just because so much unknown this year)
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