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breesby Jim W. Miller
Luck is not a good draft strategy for O-linemen

After three pre-season games, it is becoming apparent that the Saints will go about as far this season as their offensive line will take them. And, judging by what we have seen so far, Sports Illustrated prediction of six wins and last place in the NFC South is becoming hauntingly possible. You only need to look at the team’s strategy of acquiring offensive linemen during the Sean Payton era to see how things have declined to this point.

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by Jim W. Miller

The Saints are certainly doing a lot of wheeling and dealing for a team that reportedly doesn’t have any Salary Cap room left. The most recent example was the news Monday morning that the team has come to a one-year agreement with defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Reports said Fairley will be paid $3 million this season, which seems to conflict with other reports that say the Saints have as little as $273,000 remaining in their team cap. A few weeks ago, they signed TE Coby Fleener for a contract that will average $7 million per season, and they have agreed to a three-year contract with LB James Laurinaitis whose numbers have not been disclosed. 

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breesWhile the New Orleans Saints and fans debate the future of Drew Brees due to his $30 million dollar dent to the existing salary cap, there is little doubt that even in an off year, Brees is in a class of his own--even at age 36. 

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brees pack brightby Jim W. Miller

The way the first three quarters of the Saints season has gone, I’ve been expecting the “playing for pride” stories to emerge at any time. And, lo and behold, when I opened the local wipe on Sunday morning, there it was, right on schedule! The “playing for pride,” or PFP, story is a journalistic crutch which occurs when reporters covering a bottom-rung team have exhausted just about every other story idea possible.

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brees pack brightYou may be just sobering up from that fantasmagorical Saints’ shootout win over the New York Giants on Sunday, but when you finally come to your senses, consider this: We have just experienced what might be the most memorable 30-hour streak in sports history. I am not talking about wall-to-wall ball of close games. I am talking about a series of events that sporting fans will still be talking about ten years from now. And, although it is during the meat of the college football season, not one college game entered into it.

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graham-panthersby Jim W. Miller

The first preseason game should never be an indication of what an NFL team will do in the regular season. At least, I hope not. Thursday’s 30-27 loss at Baltimore revealed some striking similarities to the hobgoblins of 2014 in the form of unnecessary penalties, key injuries and the defense’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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graham-panthersby Jim W. Miller

I don’t know many people who laugh at funerals, but pardon me while I chuckle at the reaction from Who Dat Nation over the Saints’ trade of TE Jimmy Graham to Seattle on Tuesday. No, change that “TE” identification to “Icon” with a capital “I” because if you polled Saints’ fans before about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Graham would have been listed at No. 2 current “Saint of Saints” behind QB and Icon Drew Brees.

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brees-sonIt was reassuring to see Drew Brees in uniform and playing at a high level on Saturday night, even if it was just for two series. In his first action of the preseason, Brees made his short stint look like skelly drills when he methodically took his team down the field against little apparent opposition from the Colts' first teamers. He was passing, he was handing off and, ye gods! he even was running the ball to gain key yardage. I could have done without the latter, and I am certain that most of Who Dat Nation felt the same way.

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NationalLampoonsChristmasVacationPosterDidn’t they make a movie about this? Giddy tourists leave their comfortable home to vacation in an exotic clime that promises fun, frolic and great excitement? Did you get a flashback of "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation" while watching the Saints venture off from the security of the Superdome Sunday for a disastrous road trip to St. Louis? Like the Griswolds, the Saints suffered every indignity imaginable as they gift-wrapped turnovers, missed field goals and made the Rams defense feel like it was Christmas morning.

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