by Deke Bellavia & Kristian Garic,posted Aug 18 2012 10:10PM
One of the Saints' biggest off-season acquisitions is now lost for the season. Linebacker Chris Chamberlain is out for the season after tearing his ACL in Friday night's game against the Jags.
“It’s a blow. It’s a bit of a setback,” Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt said.
Chamberlain played in St. Louis last season under now Saints Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and had been having a nice training camp with the Saints.
Coach Vitt said Chamberlain knew the Saints defensive scheme, and his play and leadership will be missed.
“He mastered the system,” Coach Joe Vitt said of Chris Chamberlain.
Chamberlain had an X-ray Friday night and an MRI Saturday morning, and it was determined that he’s out for the season.
Good news came in the form of WR Andy Tanner. Coach Vitt said that at first when Tanner went down with an injury against the Jaguars, things looked bad. But as it turns out Tanner’s injury is a sprained ankle, and it’s not as bad as it looked.
Coach Vitt went on to give his thoughts on the Saints 27-24 loss to Jacksonville. Vitt said that his club did some good things, and said that QB Drew Brees did a good job with ball placement. He also saw some good things from his first team offense.
Vitt said that the Saints will have personal meetings over the weekend and then get ready for this week’s practices. The Saints will work Monday on their first opponent for the regular season, the Washington Redskins...then, beginning on Tuesday, the Saints will begin to prepare for next week’s date with the Houston Texans.
Coach Vitt said that the Saints defense has to do a better job of tacking and tackling in space. The Saints struggled at times Friday night tackling against the Jaguars.
The coach also said he thought his special teams did a good job of covering with the exception on one kickoff.
The Saints will play host to the Houston Texans next Saturday Night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
That's not good, you would think that with all the off-season headaches the Saints would be due some extra Blessings. Another hurdle the Saints will have to overcome. Still believe that the Saints are Superbowl bound and crowned Champions of the NFL.
The INJURY EPIDEMIC:
SO, there have NOW been "MORE SERIOUS INJURIES" in the 1st two weeks of preseason, than was disclosed as evidence in a 3 year long investigation of an alleged bounty program, the ONLY difference supposedly being these injuries are "FREE-OF-CHARGE!".....Evidently Vilma and the others DIDN'T earn very much IF anything at all in the 3 years of the alleged activities! "This is NOT ROCKET-SCIENCE people".