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  1. This week we take a quick look at the New Orleans Saints and the bullet points of their offseason. (Last week we looked at the Atlanta Falcons) The Draft The Saints selected OT Andrus Peat in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Peat would have been the Panthers selection according to sources. This was a solid selection that will pay dividends in years to come. The Saints went on to address defense for 6 of their remaining 8 picks. You only need to look at the Panthers at Saints game last season to figure out why. Their second 1st round pick was spent on LB and Clemson alum Stephone Anthony. Anthony is extremely quick and athletic, will probably be starting by mid season if not sooner. The Saints addressed their pass rush in round 2 with the selection of sub package player Hau'oli Kikaha out of Washington. He will play OLB on situational downs where a bit of extra speed is needed on the pass rush (something the Carolina Panthers struggle with) In the third round the Saints showed concern over the diminishing play of Drew Brees by selecting Garrett Grayson out of Colorado State. I like Grayson and think he has a chance to do well in the NFL. Free Agency The biggest loss for the Saints obviously was Jimmy Graham. Graham was the life line the Saints needed in many games against the Panthers over past seasons. The Saints also lost WR Kenny Stills, C Ben Grubbs, and RB Pierre Thomas on offense. Their biggest offseason acquisition was RB CJ Spiller who should do well on the Saints fast home turf. On the defensive side of the ball the Saints lost one of the only bright spots in Curtis Lofton and his 144 combined tackles in 2014. Overall, the Saints took a net loss in free agency, that fact would be difficult to argue against. Drew Brees 2014 marked the first season of any real noticeable decline in the play of 14 year veteran Drew Brees. As the season went on, the physical toll on Brees became more apparent. The Saints organization also took notice. The majority of draft picks being spent on defense signifies that. The days of the Saints simply out scoring opponents may be over. A NFL caliber defense is probably needed now, and the Saints know it. Throw in the fact a 3rd round selection was used on a QB, and well, it is easy to read the writing on the wall. Can you imagine the controversy if Carolina spent a 3rd rounder on a QB? Yet barely a mention of it in New Orleans. The Saints fan base may be in a bit of denial. Conclusion Jon Beason once told me "If you aren't getting better, you're getting worse." The Saints.... they aren't getting better in 2015. They are in real danger of finishing last in the division. But what do you think? Next week.... Bucs.
  2. This week we take a quick look at the New Orleans Saints and the bullet points of their offseason. (Last week we looked at the Atlanta Falcons) The Draft The Saints selected OT Andrus Peat in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Peat would have been the Panthers selection according to sources. This was a solid selection that will pay dividends in years to come. The Saints went on to address defense for 6 of their remaining 8 picks. You only need to look at the Panthers at Saints game last season to figure out why. Their second 1st round pick was spent on LB and Clemson alum Stephone Anthony. Anthony is extremely quick and athletic, will probably be starting by mid season if not sooner. The Saints addressed their pass rush in round 2 with the selection of sub package player Hau'oli Kikaha out of Washington. He will play OLB on situational downs where a bit of extra speed is needed on the pass rush (something the Carolina Panthers struggle with) In the third round the Saints showed concern over the diminishing play of Drew Brees by selecting Garrett Grayson out of Colorado State. I like Grayson and think he has a chance to do well in the NFL. Free Agency The biggest loss for the Saints obviously was Jimmy Graham. Graham was the life line the Saints needed in many games against the Panthers over past seasons. The Saints also lost WR Kenny Stills, C Ben Grubbs, and RB Pierre Thomas on offense. Their biggest offseason acquisition was RB CJ Spiller who should do well on the Saints fast home turf. On the defensive side of the ball the Saints lost one of the only bright spots in Curtis Lofton and his 144 combined tackles in 2014. Overall, the Saints took a net loss in free agency, that fact would be difficult to argue against. Drew Brees 2014 marked the first season of any real noticeable decline in the play of 14 year veteran Drew Brees. As the season went on, the physical toll on Brees became more apparent. The Saints organization also took notice. The majority of draft picks being spent on defense signifies that. The days of the Saints simply out scoring opponents may be over. A NFL caliber defense is probably needed now, and the Saints know it. Throw in the fact a 3rd round selection was used on a QB, and well, it is easy to read the writing on the wall. Can you imagine the controversy if Carolina spent a 3rd rounder on a QB? Yet barely a mention of it in New Orleans. The Saints fan base may be in a bit of denial. Conclusion Jon Beason once told me "If you aren't getting better, you're getting worse." The Saints.... they aren't getting better in 2015. They are in real danger of finishing last in the division. But what do you think? Next week.... Bucs. View full article
  3. Today the Panthers have a chance to take control of the NFC South and clinch their first playoff birth since 2008. After their shellacking 2 weeks ago in New Orleans, the Panthers are primed for revenge. The Saints are 3-4 on the road this season and very beatable. When: 1:00 Where: Bank of America Stadium TV: FOX Radio: 1110 WBT Twitter: Follow @CarolinaHuddle for tweets from the sidelines. Keys to a Panthers victory: - Long sustained rushing drives featuring Mike Tolbert. - Win the turnover battle. The field and ball will be wet, a good opportunity for a hungry defense. - Get physical. The Saints lose their luster in matches that take a more physical tone. Speed is their game, not toughness. Prediction: Panthers 24 Saints 13
  4. Fellow Huddlers, The day has arrived. Tonight the Panthers have the chance to claim the lead in the race for the NFC South Title. The vibe down here in New Orleans is very energetic. I talked more crap last night with the locals than any time in recent memory. Expect the home crowd to be rowdy and noisy from the first whistle. When: 8:20pm Where: Superdome On TV: NBC I will be on the field and tweeting from the sidelines. Follow @Carolinahuddle Keys to a Panthers Victory: - Score early. While the crowd will be noisy, they are easily deflated with an early lead. - Hope for a Deangelo repeat performance. Deangelo usually does well in the Superdome. - Get Physical with Jimmy Graham. His worst performances have been when physically harassed all game long. It is worth a penalty.
  5. Sunday night presents to us the biggest game the Carolina Panthers have played in nearly 5 years. If they Panthers can somehow pull out a victory against the Saints in New Orleans and the division title is the Panthers to lose. A loss in New Orleans would force the Panthers to require a little help from here on out from around the league. Either way, Panthers fans once again are excited about a December game, and that is something worth celebrating in and of itself. The Saints also know how important this game is. From NOLA.com Drew Brees and the Saints are notorious for downplaying the significance of individual games. Not this week. Saints coach Sean Payton agrees. _____________________________________________________________________ According to NOLA.com , Saints defense is struggling on third down.... Giving up 50% of third down conversions over the last month is nothing to write home about and has much to do with why the Saints are 4-3 in the last 7 games. Looks for heavy doses of Mike Tolbert on third downs to loosen up the Saints defense even more. _______________________________________________________________________ Drew Brees knows the Panthers Defense is top shelf... Brees sees the game on Sunday night as an opportunity for vindication. He has a national platform to show the rest of the league the Saints are not the team that was whooped on Monday night, but rather a Superbowl contender. I expect to see the Saints come out throwing on Sunday night. If the Panthers can keep it close in the first half, I like their chances. I am not sure they can keep up with New Orleans on their home turf if they go down by two scores. Mike Shula needs to have a solid game plan to move the ball efficiently from the first whistle. A few early punts could be the difference in the game.
  6. Sunday's upcoming game is the biggest game either team has played all season. It could very well decide between a home game or an away game to start the playoffs. The Panthers are 7-0 in their last seven games. The Saints are a mediocre 4-3. It isn't difficult to see who the hotter team is right now. It doesn't get much better than this. Here are a few of the thoughts roaming the halls of SaintsReport.com So, things are much the same as they always have been over there.... 95% clueless.
  7. This was one of the more electric games to witness in the past three seasons. Although the rain kept some of the seats empty, the crowd was electric. I do have one complaint regarding the crowd, more on that in the grades... Offense: Scoring 35 points on any NFL defense is an accomplishment, even if it is against the inept Saints defense. All four members of the "Four Headed Monster" scored touchdowns. Cam Newton played like himself again, gashing the defense for not accounting for his ability to run. Brandon Lafell recovered from an early drop to really have what may be his breakout game. Bottom line, the offense got it done. Offensive Grade: A Defense: Keeping the Saints to under 30 points is no easy task. Even without Sean Payton they are a very capable offense. Drew Brees was rattled often which was refreshing for Panthers fans to witness. I love this kid Josh Norman. He was jawing Jimmy Graham the entire game, making sure he knew when Graham came up short. Graham is a cocky player in his own right, it was nice to see him get his mouth closed by a Panther rookie. Towards the end of the game Graham was silent after mouthing off the entire first half. Jon Beason's deal sealing interception may be the spark that puts him into another pro bowl run. Big Beas is back. Defensive Grade: A Fans Thats right, I am giving the fans in attendance a grade. For those of you many fans that were extremely loud while the Panthers offense was at the goal line trying to score... cut that out. Yes, it is exciting, but your end zone screaming while the Panthers are executing a goal line play hurts the team. The result? Cam's awful looking lateral and a turnover on downs. Fan Grade: C , for Catch a Clue
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