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ENEMY LINES
Josh Elliott
September 02, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Saints
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September 02, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Saints

" Jim Haslett is a good coach, but something went very wrong in that locker room last year. That team lay down over the last month....

Losing [defensive tackle] La'Roi Glover will hurt a bit, but losing [end] Joe Johnson won't. Instead of overpaying Johnson, they made a great move in signing Grady Jackson, because even if he's overweight, he's still hard to block. Jackson and Norman Hand will stop teams from running up the middle....

The linebacker corps is nothing special. Bryan Cox will bring some fire, but there's not much else there....

The secondary is a scary thing for them. Other than corner Fred Thomas, who was one of the most underrated players in the league last year, they've got no one. Ken Irvin's on the decline, and Michael Hawthorne is a liability in coverage....

I don't see where the sacks will come from, and without that sort of pressure, their cover guys will get exploited....

I don't know about quarterback Aaron Brooks. He needs to be way more consistent; last year he made some boneheaded reads. That the Saints aren't locking him up heading into a walk year tells you they don't want to make a dumb mistake....

Deuce McAllister will be a game-breaker if he stays healthy and if the line comes together....

Joe Horn's a great receiver, and if Dont� Stallworth's hamstrings aren't a chronic problem, he'll stretch defenses. On the other hand [because of his 4.2 time in the 40], he might end up being this year's overrated workout warrior."

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