Tag:New Orleans Saints
Posted on: February 10, 2010 9:50 pm

WSPLD: Offseason Activity #1

"What should Payton and Loomis Do?"

I think it was Bill Parcells who stated that you celebrated a Super Bowl Sunday win on Monday, but Tuesday it's back to work. Well, it's actually Wednesday, and one day is one day (in this case)
So it's time no longer to stand pat, because if you do stand pat, everyone goes out of their way to pass you, and keep your team from trying to become a dynasty.

So it's time to check the top FA's, per Sporting News
and the top draft picks:  Scout.com

So what do the Saints need to do?  (Besides resign their RFA's and UFA"s?)

Problem #1:   Defensive End:   I know a lot of people are saying the Saints need to address the OLB position (as seen by the outside runs the Saints gave up).  I on the other hand say the primary problem is the Defensive End position.  Sorry Charles Grant, but it's time for you to go.  YOu're not earning the money the organization has been paying you.

Free Agency
Solution #1a:    Free Agency -   Kyle Vanden Bosch .  THat's right, I said KVB (a 31 year old player).    There have been stories galore about the issues over the "considered" top FA prospect Julius Peppers.  And while the Saints did a very good job taking some "malcontents" and making them part of this team, the key was that these malcontents were never actual trouble makers.

One could argue that Vanden Bosch is not a "Great" DE the past two years, but this last year you could argue he didn't have a coworker on the other side to free him up, yet he still got 3.5 sacks (that's only 2 sacks less than Grant got before his injury).

Jeremy Shockey?    Media-spun that he was a trouble maker
Jonathan Vilma?   Not a trouble maker, just needed to be in a 4-3 defense, not the Jets 3-4.
Anthony Hargrove?  Straightened his life out and wanted to prove it.

Peppers?   Malcontent... that's not what Payton and Loomis want.  they want guys who want to prove they're on the straight and narrow.

Give me KVB over Peppers easy...

Draft solution #1:   Draft Greg Hardy, Ole Miss.

Before he broke his wrist, he was considered a top prospect for the draft (arguably top 5 depending on who you ask.)   The kid hasn't lost the talent, he just wasn't able to play this year after the wrist injury.  The talent is still there, and that talent is top 5 that might just slide to the end of Round 1.   If he slides to #32, you GRAB this talent. 

Vanden Bosch and Hardy would be a huge 1-2 combo to pull off this offseason, if you could do both, but even a 50% success rate here would be a major snag for the Saints this offseason.

Posted on: February 10, 2010 12:31 am

Super Bowl Video Production Idea:

Now, I'll admit, I didn't come up with the rewrite of the song... but I wanted to make sure I shared this before it got lost in the Message Board Purgatory:

"Manning Went Down to Florida"
To the music of the "Devil Went down to Georgia"

          {Still shot opens on the Sun Life Stadium}
          {Show Video of Manning and the Colts entering the Stadium}
Manning went down to Florida.
He was lookin' for a bowl to steal.

                  {Show a quick video of Tom Brady hoisting up a Lombardi Trophy}
He was in a bind 'cause he was way behind,
..and he was willin' to make a deal,
when he came across this young man tossin' a ball and thowin' it hot.

    {Video:   Peyton and Drew both in practice at the SB}        

And the devil jumped up behind his O-Line and said,
"Boy, let me tell you what.
I guess you didn't know it but I'm a football player, too.
And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you.

            {Show Peyton celebrating a TD throw (in AFCCG}}
Now, you toss a pretty good ball, boy, but give the devil his due.
I'll bet a Superbowl against your soul, 'cause I think I'm better than you."
           {Show Drew celebrtaing TD throws {in NFCCG}}
The boy said, "My name's Brees, and it might be a sin.
But I'll take your bet, you're gonna regret, 'cause I'm the best that's ever been."

                {Video of Drew's pre-game huddle}
Brees, warm up your throw and toss that football hard,
'cause hell's broke loose in Florida and the devil deals the cards.
And if you win you get this shiny Superbowl.
But if you lose, Manning gets your bowl!

            {show video of Peyton approaching the huddle and talking on the sidelines}
Manning opened up the game and he said, "I'll start this show."
And fire flew from his fingertips as he showed the fans his throw.
            {Run quite a few videos of  Colts making positive plays - DO NOT SHOW the Porter Interception. }   
And he tossed that ball across the field and it made an evil hiss.
Then a band of runningbacks joined in and it sounded somethin' like this:


When Manning finished, Brees said,
              {Show 2nd Video of Drew on the sidelines or approaching the huddle}
"Well, you're pretty good, old son,
but sit down in that chair right there
and let me show you how it's done.

            {Run quite a few videos of Brees making some of his Super Bowl passes -Include the TD passes .}
Fire on the field.
Run, Thomas, run.
Manning's in the House of the Rising Sun.
Tracy, will you let the Colts win?
No, child, no.
          {NOW Show the Porter interception....}
          {END video ontage}
Manning bowed his head because he knew that he'd been beat.
             {Show Video of Manning being upset on the sidelines and his various outbursts}
And he laid that Superbowl on the ground at Brees' feet.
Brees said, "Manning, just come on back if you ever want to try again. '
              {Close out Video with Drew hoisting up the Lombardi Trophy}
Cause I told you once, you son of a gun,
I'm the best that's ever been."

              {Close out final shot, Drew and his son}
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