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Deke Bellavia

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Deke: Rob was hot, it's cold at Saints camp, and I ain't lying

I woke up this morning walked out of my hotel room and said "whoa!" I had to go back and change my clothes. Thank goodness I wisely packed some long wind pants, sweat pants and a couple of my favorite Saints long tops. 

I know back home the actual temp versus how it really feels outside varies. That also applies up here. The thermometer read 70 degrees this morning when I walked out of my room.  But it felt much cooler than that. 

Let me break it down New Orleans style. This morning felt like one of those days when no matter how bad you felt, no matter what someone may have said about you, what you read about you or what someone might have posted on Facebook about you, the weather made everything a little bit better.

Like the first cool day in New Orleans when you think of walking the streets in the French Quarter. You know a cool day checking out all of the fresh produce at the French Market, scooping up some hot beignets and grabbing a cup of strong Big Easy coffee, that’s what it felt like this morning. You know what I’m telling you - it was football weather.

But my mindset was thrown off because we don’t feel no football weather in July were are from. We usually don’t get it until late October or November.  I felt like I was on my way to the 'Dome to do "Countdown to Kickoff" instead of the fourth day of practice. 

Then I came to. I looked around and there was no Dome. I did not have my car parked next to Hokie, Jim and the Cajun Cannon at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  And I did not have on my lucky Saints Shirt. It was a brief day dream of what football season feels like.  It felt good. And I know that the real season is not far off. 
Practice presented a steady brisk breeze, but I could feel the heat coming off the head of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.  Ryan was challenging his defense (to say the least) as he did not like what he saw early in during the inside drill. “Run the _____ drill.  Get your pads lower to the ground.  Win the individual battles.” Those were just some of the things we heard out at practice today.  

At times the Saints offense opened swiss cheese holes in the Saints defense. But give the Black and Gold defense credit, for the second straight practice, the defense finished strong. In fact for the second straight day, the defense looked better than the offense on the back end of practice.
The "Pink Panther" is having a good start to camp. Say what? Yes, nicknames come and go, and one I heard today was "Pink Panther."  “Man I told y’all Pink Panther could play,” said Saints CB Kennan Lewis.  Lewis was talking about rookie safety Pierre Warren. Lewis calls Warren Pink Panther and today the Panther picked off a pass to serve notice he will not go quietly from this roster!

Now there is one more day before the team has their first day off.  Jim (Henderson) may try and take in some fly fishing, K-Dog and T-Bob have their show to do, Big Daddy Steve Geller will be doing his daily sports wraps and me, Hokie and the Cannon will more than likely sleep in.

I’ve already did laundry so I’m good there and I keep my room super fresh and so clean.  I write each day because it makes me feel a little closer to home, and truth be told, I’m not one who likes to stay by myself.  So as each day passes I’ll continue to give you all a little football, a little insight on what’s happening up here. And I’ll toss into the mix a little fun.  Til tomorrow – Who Dat!

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Locations : New Orleans
People : Pierre WarrenRob RyanWarren Pink Panther

07/29/2014 10:02AM
Deke: Rob was hot, it's cold at Saints camp, and I ain't lying
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