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Kristian's Quick Hits: Saints fall to the Jaguars 27-24


Not bad:  As far as preseason games go, this one wasn’t too bad in terms of excitement.  We had some big plays, and some ‘’feel’’ of a real game.  However, you could still tell it was the preseason on a number of fronts
Tackling:  No doubt the Saints will place a huge emphases on tackling and pursuit to the ball in the next week of practice.   The first-team defense started the game with sloppy tackling, missing 8 tackles by my count in the quarter-and-a-half of play they were in on.  

“That’s the mark of a good defense and a good defensive player is good tackling,” Coach Joe Vitt explained.  “I’m not going to mask my emotions, the tackling was a disappointment.”

Morgan:  Wide receiver Joe Morgan might have atoned for some errors this week in practice with a nice long touchdown reception after he slipped past the Jaguars secondary.  Morgan did have a couple of alignment issues on a couple of plays.  At times he looked like he has this team made, and at other times he looked like he’s not going to make the roster.  That’s the element he brings though, he can definitely blow the top off the coverage.

Replacement officials:  Ok, I’ve said this once, and I’ll say it again; The NFL is in trouble if they don’t resolve the labor dispute with the regular officials.  The replacement officials blew three calls down the stretch that ultimately put the Jaguars in position to take the lead with less than a minute to go.  What if this had been a regular-season game?  The calls were obvious.  

Yea, I know, it’s a preseason game, and easier to swallow…but what if this happens in the regular season?  What if a team loses a game because of a labor dispute which requires untrained and unqualified officials to referee an NFL game?  I’m really concerned, and you should be to.

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08/18/2012 4:21AM
Kristian’s Quick Hits: Saints fall to the Jaguars 27-24
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08/18/2012 1:24PM
Officiating was awful
The re-refs blew at least two interference calls, more like 4 during the course of the game, and refused to call holding on the Jags, even down field on pass plays. I believe their bad calls were retribution for Drew coming out against them.
08/19/2012 12:00AM
Pete Morelli and Ed Hochuli please come back!
My Wife and I promise that we will not complain about the officials this season as long as we get back the REAL officials.
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