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Kristian Garic

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Kristian: Saints continue to revamp D with addition of Hawthorne

I think that David Hawthorne provides the Saints with a lot of insurance, and even more insurance if the NFL and Roger Goodell come down hard in terms of player penalties.  Also, Hawthorne is a guy that is familiar with Steve Spagnuolo , having played against him twice a year with the Seattle Seahawks when Spagnuolo  was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

Hawthorne is yet another quality signing for the Black & Gold…That’s three linebackers now.  And Hawthorne is another guy who that can play in the inside and he can also play outside linebacker.  So quality depth, as they continue to go after defensive guys who can play multiple positions.  Chris Chamberlain, Curtis Lofton, and now David Hawthorne…It's pretty clear the Saints have targeted from the onset to improve the outside linebacking spot.  

And even though they lost a quality guy in Jo-Lonn Dunbar the other day, don't forget about Martez Wilson and Jonathan Casillas.  Wilson is a guy they brought in during the third round a year ago in the draft and he played a prominent role down the stretch in situational pass-rushing opportunities for the Saints in the their post season run.  As for Casillas, the problem with him throughout his career has been his inability to stay healthy after coming into the league in 2009.

So the Saints continue their onslaught of targeting defenders in free agency.  Add another linebacker, and Coach Spags clearly wants to improve that side of the football for the Black and Gold.

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04/04/2012 6:42AM
Kristian: Saints continue to revamp D with addition of Hawthorne
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04/04/2012 5:05PM
All moves thus far have been upgrades. Agree?
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