The list is a bit strange to me, too. We (Saints fans) are hearing from a lot of fans who thought their guys should've been on the list Maybe next year...LOL. Newton played well against us down in Carolina, maybe that had something to do with him being on it?!?
Is July too early to talk about football? Naw, it's never too early to talk about football. Well, coming off Bountygate and Drew Brees ' contract situation, my team, the Saints, aren't predicted to do much so far in the pre-season predictions. Most of the analysts think the Falcons will take the NFC South (shoots a contemptuous look at Dirty Bird lover, vlad taltos). But, I think the old black and gold will have some surprises for some people this year, as I really like the team (the ones that are left and eligible to play). I like theSaints to win at least 9 games. Take that, Roger Goodell.
...Most of the analysts think the Falcons will take the NFC South (shoots a contemptuous look at Dirty Bird lover, vlad taltos)...
I've seen some of those predictions, darkscar But take heart, many analysts had the Falcons winning the division last year; some had them even going to the Super Bowl. They had a nice season, but neither prediction happened, unfortunately. As long as Brees is on the field, the Saints have a chance of winning any game. I wish I could have confidence in the 'experts' but too many times they've been proven wrong.
Post by mister frau blucher on Jul 10, 2012 10:51:05 GMT -5
Never too early to talk about football! A month until training camps gives us plenty of opportunity to show we know even less than the experts.
I definitely agree with vlad, when Brees is on the field, they have a chance. I think they'll get 10 wins and maybe sneak into the playoffs - where hopefully my Lions can get some revenge for last year!
Not sure about the Falcons. They always strike me as a strong team, but can't get over that last hump. I think they might need to spread some running back reps around. Michael Turner is great but he had a heck of a load these past few years. Not that he wore down, but you don't want him to. if he is fresher going into the last few weeks, that is a good thing!
Not sure about my Lions. Not a huge fan of this "Wide 9" defence, where the ends run up the field. It theoretically contains the offence from going wide, but it opens up huge seams at the line of scrimmage. If your linebackers are quick, they can plug it, but too often last year that didn't happen. If our secondary can take the next step, it will work better as the qb's won't be able to get off quick passes...we'll see.
You root for Detroit in football, and Pitt in hockey? How did that happen?
I think you'd be happier if you reversed them, and rooted for Pitt in football and Detroit in hockey. LOL. I kid, I kid.
Ha! Since I did not grow up in a city that had its own teams, I kind of had my pick of who to root for. I picked teams when I was pretty young, and once my loyalty was set, it never wavered - despite some VERY long seasons...
Hey vlad, aren't the Birds getting away from the ground and pound with Turner? That's the word on the street, anyway.
That is the word, darkscar. The new Offensive Coordinator, Dirk Koetter, is going with a base 3-WR set, as opposed to last year's 2 wides, TE, FB scheme. What that means is less running and the shelving of the dink-and-dunk passing game. We should have more of a vertical passing game, utilizing the speed of Douglas, and the blazing speed of Julio Jones, along with more of a balanced running attack with Turner and Rodgers. The days of Turner getting 20-25 rushes a game are over.
I'm really looking forward to this season. The division is up for the Falcons or Saints, I think. Carolina and Tampa Bay will be better and cause problems for teams, but I think they're both a year away. Should be fun.
Post by mister frau blucher on Jul 27, 2012 10:14:54 GMT -5
The Saints are putting up a statue today called Rebirth, about both the city and the team in the aftermath of the hurricane. The statue is Steve Gleason blocking a punt against the Falcons (sorry, vlad!) which was recovered and led to a score, that put them on the road to the Superbowl. Gleason's story is very emotional as he battles ALS - I think now he is wheelchair-bound and has trouble speaking. Very emotional, glad that Gleason can see this and what it means to the team and city.
Edit - D'oh! As darkscar points out below, I compressed four seasons into one. Thanks for trying to keep me straight!
It's a fantastic commemoration to a great human being. Gleason's story is a sort of Lou Gehrig moment down here as he struggles with his illness. That particular game was the first game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina in 2006. The Saints actually went to the Super Bowl in 2009. Other than winning the Super Bowl, arguably the next greatest moment in Saints' history.
Post by vladtaltos on Jul 28, 2012 10:47:52 GMT -5
That Monday night the Saints were unbeatable. Gleason's blocked punt happened after the first three plays of the game, setting the tone for a long, rough night for us Falcon fans. Their defense was everywhere, it was like they had 20 guys on the field. Michael Vick and the offense couldn't get anything going at all and only put up 3 points. Definitely, a great moment for the Saints, and a classy act by the organization to honor Gleason.
Well, darkscar, I'm always overly optimistic when it comes to the Falcons, but I really like what I've seen so far in the pre-season. A lot! Both sides of the ball have looked sharp. But that's the pre-season. Ask me again Sunday around 4pm and I may have a different opinion, but as of right now, this is looking like it may be a special year, a very special year--going deep into the playoffs kind of year. But several key players have to remain injury-free for that to happen. We'll see how it plays out.