We have now been in Lewisburg, West Virginia for twenty days, and while I have had some good times along the way, that is far too long of a time to spend away from the city and the woman that I love. I find myself anxiously awaiting our return to New Orleans on Thursday.
Although I am approximately 48 hours away from touching down back in the best city in the country, everyone I am expressing my excitement to warns me of heat and humidity. At this point, I welcome the heat and humidity if only to awake me from this listless waking slumber that has consumed me wholly.
I miss the sights and sounds of the city. I miss Stein's, I miss District Donuts, and I miss Crescent City Comics. I miss my bed and I miss my cat. Yes, my sweet, beautiful, obese feline companion. Also, when I left twenty days ago, I had to move all of my things into storage in preparation for my move to Mid-City, which means when I get back I will have to get straight to moving. Normally I would dread that, but I now welcome it with open arms and am giddy with excitement to explore a new part of the city. Until that moment, however, I will continue to talk football!
Saints guard Jared Weaver has continued to build steam, as he played well in the first game and will look to build upon that first performance this Friday when the Black and Gold welcome the Titans into the Superdome. Weaver's story is one mixed with sadness and triumph, and is deserving of its own entry into this blog series which he should have sometime next week.
Suffice it to say that if the New Orleans native would make this team it would be a dream come true - but he will have his work cut out for him. The Saints are in the enviable position of almost having too many guys who can play. Even without their two Pro Bowl guards against one of the best defensive lines in the league, the offensive line did not give up a sack and averaged over five yards per carry.
This was due in large part to the performances of three of their bubble players, which includes Weaver, Senio Kelemete, and Marcel Jones. When you start to break down the numbers, there is maybe only one spot available between the three players, and perhaps not even that depending on how the Goodwin/Lelito situation plays out.
There are a few things I am excited about when it comes to Friday; the Saints will be playing at the Dome, and as a Tigers fan it will be great to see Zach Mettenberger return to South Louisiana. Mett's first outing was solid as he led the Titans on a game-winning drive in a torrential downpour. Mett seems as if he is off to a good start, as the Titans have already cut former Ark QB Tyler Wilson and now just Charlie Whitehurst and Jake Locker remain. I expect Locker to start the season, but if he catches another big injury do not be surprised if Mettenberger is suddenly starting on Sundays. Until tomorrow my friends, be kind and rewind.
PS Can't wait for episode number two of Hard Knocks tonight. Some Hard Knocks veterans I have talked to said that they think his is the most boring one yet however I have never actually watched the show before and I am thoroughly interested. Plus, after Week 1 of the preseason it seems as if Atlanta will once again be tha Saints biggest competition in the South. CHOOOO CHOOO that's the sound of the week one hype train.
The Saints beat the St. Louis Rams 26-24 in a hard fought, back-and-forth game that saw the Rams miss a 59 yard field goal as time expired. There was plenty to be pleased with for members of the Who Dat Nation, not the least of which was the excellent depth displayed in the trenches on both sides of the line.
The Saints rushing woes were well documented last season, and while I would say that we should not read too much into just one pre-season game, that is no reason to completely dismiss the success that was had tonight. The offensive line had an excellent night as the team ran for 123 yards on 24 carries which is good for a 5.1 yards per carry average.
Also, the Saints did not allow a single sack against a team that was third in the NFL with 53.0 last year. This stellar showing from the big men up front is made even more impressive when you consider the fact that both Pro Bowl guards, Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans, sat out forcing Senio Kelemete, Jared Weaver, and Marcel Jones into additional reps.
Without the benefit of recording the game and watching the film it is hard to say exactly who played the best, but the box score speaks of an offensive line that was dominant and did not miss a beat, no matter who was in the lineup. The Saints were excellent at the point of attack and there were multiple times tonight where the O-line was not just winning with stalemates but rather by driving the guy lined up across from them two or three yards back. This was but a mere taste… a teaser if you will… it definitely has me excited to see the rest of the show!
- Tyrunn Walker DT Walker is from New Iberia and went to Tulsa, and once again it seems as if the Saints have an uncanny ability to find diamonds in the rough. Tyrunn has been a standout thus far in camp, and he translated that momentum into dominant in game success. Walker was tied for first on the team with 6 tackles 5 of which were solo including 1 sack and 3 tackles for loss… wow… great start for the Big Man from the Berry.
- Mark Ingram RB The former 1st round pick looked to pick up where he left off in 2013 and was running confidently and downhill. He displayed improved vision and perhaps most impressively ran over a few guys and broke a few tackles. In other words, he looked like the back that once won the Heisman trophy. His final stat line of 8 carries for 83 yards and a TD is a great start to his 2014 campaign and hopefully it will give him more confidence moving forward.
As I sit down to write this daily blog, I am struggling for an interesting angle to take. Not much happened today beyond your normal practice. On the offensive line, the only difference was former Nebraska Cornhusker Marcel Jones got some time with the ones at RG in place of the injured Jahri Evans.
I know it is camp time because everything is starting to feel the same. That is why I am so happy/excited/relieved that the Saints will finally get to strap it up against another team come Friday. We have been watching the same battles each and every day, and while that remains entertaining to a point, there is a limit to that enjoyment. Preseason games are great because that is where jobs are truly won or lost.
JC (John Clayton) breakin it down with CJ (Cam Jordan) these two could make for an incredible buddy cop movie pic.twitter.com/r5WxKoHTVF
There are plenty of great position battles to keep on eye on Friday, not the least of which is Luke McCown vs Ryan Griffin as they fight it out to see who will earn the right to back up Drew Brees. While the battle for the interior offensive line positions may not be the most exciting to some, I find myself almost giddy, because due to the injuries to Evans and Grubbs, we should get to see Lelito, Goodwin, Kelemete, Weaver, and Jones all in extended game speed action as those five fight for the three spots that will most likely be handed out.
Another huge position of interest to keep an eye on is WR. First year WR Brandon Coleman was rated the best undrafted player by many "experts," but I would argue that fellow rookies Seantavius Jones and Charles Hawkins have both looked better up to this point. In Coleman's defense, though, he has continued to improve at a rapid pace and his natural size and athleticism goes a long way towards wanting to keep him around. If Colston, Stills, and Cooks are all on the team, who snags the other roster spots? Meachem, Toon (who is having an excellent camp), Tanner, and the aforementioned rookies will all be fighting for those coveted spots on the fifty three. All of these jobs will not be won on the practice field, but in these next four games. Friday can not come fast enough.
Tomorrow the Saints are off so I expect my blog will be Tiger-focused as LSU has gotten their own training camp underway this week.
PS Going to see Guardians of the Galaxy in 3D tonight and I CANNOT WAIT! I was always going to see this movie as I see almost every Marvel movie, but now that I know its got a 90%+ rotten tomatoes rating I'm all in. Plus Chris Pratt is a cutie.
The West Virginia adventures continue as the Saints are starting to enter the time in camp that resembles "Groundhog Day." The grind of camp is kicking in; it has now been almost two straight weeks of practicing against the same people, hitting the same people, fighting the same people, and talking trash to the same people every single day. It is about this time when you fall so deep into the routine, that if you let your guard down complacency can sneak up on you. Much like Old Man Willow in the Old Forest near the Shire, the routine can lull you into feeling comfortable - and this comfortability is your demise!
It is so easy at this point during camp to focus on just getting the work done and looking forward to going home so you don't have to work - this is a dangerous trap for guys making the team. In reality, now is the time where camp heats up and the pressure starts to intensify. Very soon here, cuts will be made, and by the end, about half of the guys working their butts off right now will be without a job. In truth, everything up to this point hasn't really mattered except for positioning yourself for more or less reps in this first preseason game. Tis now time for the men on the bubble to double down and give absolutely everything they have got to ear a spot on this team.
This is also the time of camp where nagging injuries start to pile up. Thankfully for Saints fans, the reasons players are sitting out are not serious (at least not from what we know,) and I imagine that most of the guys will still be ready to go.
I am always watching the offensive line, and these last couple days have been more interesting than usual, as there has been a plethora of different combinations that the coaches have been trying out. Tim Lelito has worked center, left guard, and right guard, showing some of the versatility that helped him to make the team last season. Perhaps more interestingly, we got our first look at Jonathan Goodwin at guard yesterday when he was taking reps on Lelito's left in place of the injured Ben Grubbs. Who played center with the second team, you ask?
None other than my boy Senio Kelemete. Senio is a guy that I was high on during OTAs, and he has been solid if not great during camp. You could tell that he wasn't as polished at the center position, and there was one fumbled snap, but overall I was impressed with his ability to plug in and play. The one constant throughout all this shuffling is that it is always some combination of those three guys that the Saints are using. That leads me to believe that they probably want to keep two of them possibly three with a practice squad spot.
Today got even more interesting as Jahri Evans also sat out, which meant that Goodwin was back rotating first and second team center with Tim Lelito while Kelemete found himself back with the ones at left guard. The new guy on the block was Jason Weaver. Weaver is 6'5 305 and it is his second year out of Southern Miss. The interesting part was that Weaver was taking reps with the first team and then the third team, which you rarely see. Even with Weaver entering the mix, I still think, at this point in time at least, it is the other three who have the highest chance of finding themselves on the roster come week one.
P.S. Had a wonderful day off on Sunday where I fought off my violent hangover with a rousing session of skeet shooting! One of my best friends from high school, his fiancée, and her family come up to the Greenbrier every year at this time! How fortuitous. Gotta say though… This camp life is packin on the pounds. Also, I only beat the girl by one shot. I know. I have shamed my family -_-
Can you feel it comin' in the air tonight? That's right, Phil Collins, I too am super excited for the opening of LSU camp later tonight, as it marks the beginning of what should be one of the more unpredictable seasons in recent memory.
The 2014 LSU squad is a team full of talent, but also a team full of questions. In 2013 the LSU offensive attack reached record-breaking heights, as they became the first-ever SEC team to have a 3000-yard passer, two 1000-yard receivers, and a 1,000-yard rusher. That is awesome!
What's not awesome for Tiger fans is the fact that every single one of those players are now in the NFL. QB Zach Mettenberger is with the Titans, Jeremy Hill is in Cincy, Jarvis Landry is kickin it in South Beach, and ODBIII is takin' a bite outta the Big Apple. So who will replace these former Tiger greats?
Running back seems the most stable by far, as you have senior Terrence Magee returning after an under-appreciated year that saw him average an incredible 7.3 yards per carry and score 8 TDs. What's that? There's another running back as well? LSU managed to snag the number one recruit in the entire nation when Leonard Fournette chose to make the hour drive from New Orleans to Baton Rouge and take his talents to Tiger stadium. Fournette is being hailed as pretty much everything but the messiah, and if early reports are to be believed, he lives up to the hype. Only time will tell.
Although Hill is gone, the backfield seems set. Replacing Landry and Beckham may be a bit tougher, but once again, a big name recruit may be the key to the Tiger's success. While Fournette was the number one recruit in the nation, incoming freshman Malachi Dupre was the number one receiver in the nation. Dupre will be joined by fellow highly-touted recruit Trey Quinn, and these two will be joining Travin Dural, Quantavis Leslie, and John Diarse as they try to compete to be the signal caller's number one option.
Who is that signal caller? That's probably the biggest question mark on this entire team, as the job for starting quarterback is a dead heat between sophomore Anthony Jennings and incoming freshman Brandon Harris (noticing a trend here?) LSU fans got to see Jennings in limited action last season against Arkansas and Iowa in the Bowl game, while the only opportunity to get eyes on Harris was during this year's spring game. Harris did look better in intersquad scrimmage.
The saving grace to all these question marks is the fact that you have 4 of 5 returning starters on the offensive line, and two veterans competing for the last opening at RG. A talented offensive line can go a long way towards masking deficiencies, and that is going to be critical, especially at the beginning of the season when these freshmen are first getting their feet wet.
Even with all these questions, the first Coaches Poll released last week had LSU ranked 13th in the nation. I am of the opinion that this may be a bit generous, but it is a testament to the program and the ability of strength coach Tommy Moffitt to get guys ready to play at a young age. The next few weeks are going to be critical as the Tigers are to be tested immediately when they square off against 14th-ranked Wisconsin in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Perhaps you are nervous going into such a big game without knowing who the quarterback is? Here is LSU's Head Coach Les Miles take on the situation: "It's going to be that time in the game where you have the opportunity to extend a play, and make a play, and therein itself - interpretation at one point in time will be, in my opinion, the criteria by which you'll pick the starter."
Perhaps if you can decipher the clues and channel your inner Nicolas Cage you can glean some valuable information from this odd quote about who will be LSU's national treasure (am I trying too hard? I might be) but needless to say, I cannot wait for the college football season to get underway. I'm sure it will be filled with enough peaks and valleys to put every Tiger fan in the hospital.
Yesterday I predicted that today would be a good day and what a day it was! I'm not sure if I am some sort of sports-seer, but today's "Black & Gold Scrimmage" was everything I predicted and then some.
I didn't expect a few of the occurrences that took place on this gray Saturday morning in the mountains. The first pleasant surprise of the day was the amount of fan interest. When I tell you there was nary a seat left in all the bleachers at the Greenbrier, I am not exaggerating. The place was PACKED to the point where there were fans actually sitting on the hill beside the bleachers just to get a far view of the action. The Who Dat Nation truly is national, as people came from all over - not just New Orleans - to watch their beloved Saints. Once again, the wisdom of choosing the Greenbrier as a camp site was apparent, as it afforded fans who may not live in Louisiana anymore the perfect opportunity to hop in the car and come watch the team practice.
The second unexpected surprise of the scrimmage was that there would be no Drew Brees. Instead, Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown would rotate with the ones and twos in competition for the back up quarterback job. This makes sense, as to this point neither had exactly stood out, even though I would have given the early edge to Griffin. If fans were afraid, however, that the back up quarterbacks would mean less scoring and less action, their fears were unfounded as both players drove the offense down the field to score each of the first three drives.
My opinion on the race between the two backups remains the same, as I think that Griffin continues to slightly outshine McCown and is getting the ball out of his hands quicker and more consistently.
The third and most surprising part of the scrimmage was Travaris Cadet. So far this camp, Cadet has been good for a couple nice runs each practice, but today it seemed as if he did it in every facet of the game. Whether he was taking a hand-off, catching a pass, or returning a kick, it did not matter; Cadet displayed great lateral quickness and agility along with EXCELLENT field vision, which helped as he cut back a simple zone run for a 25 yard touchdown. I believe that Cadet had the best day by far out of the entire running back group.
The fourth biggest surprise of the day was, unsurprisingly, Brandin Cooks showing just how special his skill set truly is. This man is an absolute beast. The mixture of quickness and hands that he sports make him a threat from any where on the field and in any phase of the game. No matter how he gets the ball in his hands, it seems as if A) he never drops it and B) the first man never makes the tackle. He made impressive catch after impressive catch, and all of them came on different routes proving that he is not just a straight line burner, he is also versatile. He took a simple out route to the house after putting on one of the most ankle shattering jukes I have seen. Could not be more excited to see Cooks play this regular season.
Jimmy Graham had himself a day, as did Marques Colston. I know we have talked about how the passing game has the potential to be even MORE dominant this season but today was the first day where it really came into focus. This offense will be hard to stop. With Graham, Cooks, and Colston, the entire field is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Who do you guard? I do not envy the defensive coordinators whose jobs will be on the line as they try to figure out the best way to stop this offense.
Any time you see an offense play as well as the Saints offense did today, it is safe to assume that the offensive line excelled and that was definitely the case. I think in total the defense had three or four sacks, but the big men up front looked solid in both the run and pass phases of the game.
That is all for today brothers and sisters! Now Steve Geller, Kristian Garic, and myself will be heading to the local Irish pub for some drinks as I contemplate what size Brandin Cooks jersey I will need.
PS The reason I didn't talk about the defense was two-fold. First, I have a bit of an offensive bias as I can see the game better from the offensive perspective, and secondly, the defense didn't look too good. I am not worried as it is still early and there were still some bright spots on that field. Junior Galette continued his improvement as he had one (arguably two) sacks on the day. and former CFL-er Marcus Ball built upon his already impressive camp resume by grabbing the only turnover of the day when he intercepted a Luke McCown pass and nearly took it all the way back for six.
PPS Possibly the best moment of the day was when Jimmy Graham scored his TD and dunked on the goal post knowing the refs would throw the flag which prompted a round of good-hearted boos from the fans. The refs had some fun with it however and it made for one of the more memorable parts of the scrimmage.
Twas a dreary day featuring a dreary practice today at the Greenbrier. The sun was hidden behind a wall of gray the entire morning, giving the whole setting a bit more of a deadened feel. Today marked the first time where I wasn't that excited to be able to watch practice, as it all just had a bit of a "Groundhog Day" of feel to it. That is not to say however that there weren't some highlights!
Perhaps I am showing a bit of my offensive bias, because today was one of the better days for the defense, especially against the run. In fact, if you listen to "Sports Talk" I'm sure you'll hear that the defense won about 75% of the snaps during inside run. This is a settling sign, as the Saints weren't exactly a rushing powerhouse last year, and so far the defense has struggled to stop them.
The half line drill saw more fights and more chippiness which I wish I could have seen in person, but being the slave to work that I am, I was finishing up the show down at Slammin Sammy's. As far as ball security goes, there were a few issues on the offensive side of the ball. Tim Lelito and Drew Brees fumbled two quarterback-center exchanges, and while I am 130% sure that they were both the quarterback's fault (as it is every time there is a fumbled snap,) there are those who would contend that it could have been either guy. It is hard to know without the benefit of instant replay, or actually having Drew Brees' hands touching your butt.
Play of the day without a doubt goes to Pierre Warren AKA the Pink Panther AKA Wiz who continues to shine in this camp. Joe Morgan caught a deep ball, and while he was running in the end zone, Warren hawked him down and managed to knock the ball out from behind on the ten yard line. Warren is putting together an impressive resume as he attempts to grab one of the coveted 53 spots available on this team.
Other than that there was nothing too exciting, but I am super pumped for tomorrow's "Black & Gold Scrimmage" which should have a bit more action than todays practice. So far the most exciting part of the last two days in my opinion was still the debut of "Sharknado 2: The Second One" on Syfy.
Remember to tune in bright and early tomorrow, as we will be bringing you all of the scrimmaging action live on the Big Stick AKA the Flamethrower AKA "Can You Hear Me Now? Of course you can" because it's the Big 870.
PS. I went to Wal-Mart today - you know how they say to never go grocery shopping while you are hungry? Well, I broke that golden rule and I have now consumed 6 Hot Pockets today. I feel absolutely terrible and have already thrown away the rest. My friend also alerted me to the fact that a few months back Hot Pocket may or may not have gotten busted for knowingly using diseased meat in their boiling, portable sandwiches. My question to him is, if they are using diseased meat why does it taste so good?
Just like my the dinosaur stars of one of my favorite animated movies growing up, We’re Back! (side note: We’re Back had some terrifying scenes in it for a child so exercise some caution.) I hope you enjoyed the Saints’ day off and somehow managed to make it without my daily blog. I know it must have been tough but I just want everyone to know that my off day was not wasted!
There were rumblings and rumors that perhaps we would hit the road and enjoy a nice whitewater rafting adventure - however Kristian Garic, Steve Geller, and myself decided to embark on a different adventure entirely; an adventure to the local Chinese buffet! That’s right, just like the red-blooded Americans we are, we chose obesity over activity, and I must say that as far as Chinese buffets go it wasn’t the best I have been to but it certainly wasn’t the worst.
In fact, the only questionable bit of food was the second egg roll I bit into. I am a firm believer that when eating at such establishments it is much wiser to not ask any questions. Just enjoy the fleeting moments of satisfaction you get from stuffing your face with defrosted chicken covered in some sort of sweet sauce before you find yourself curled up in the corner of your hotel room crying because you feel so badly about yourself.
Another beautiful day here in the mountains of West Virginia, and another chance for me to analyze the Black & Gold to the best of my mediocre abilities. You can tell that the Saints have been at it for a week now, as the playbook is finally starting to show some signs of sophistication. Today was a day focused on situational plays - more specifically third-down plays, and because of this the offense worked in more motions/checks than they had previously. You want to be able to set yourself in the best position possible in the penultimate down in order to avoid the dreaded fourth.
One part of practice that also stood out to me today was the cadence (cadence is the snap count - ex. “blue 82 blue 82 set hut!") The offense attempted to work in more hard counts and mix ups than they had in any practice recently, but it wasn’t always successful. In just the last thirty minutes, I counted at least four false start penalties, thought this is almost always the case the first day you start mixing it up. The mental challenge gets ratcheted up when you are not only thinking about what your responsibilities are during the play, but must also remain focused on when the play is actually scheduled to start.
I don't worry about the false start penalties, as I fully expect the problem to be ironed out within the next few practices. The more interesting issue to look at is why the offense would suddenly be switching up the snap counts on third down.
The reason is two fold; first, to slow down the pass rush. If the offense is facing a third-and-seven or longer, than the defense knows that it is almost assuredly a pass play. This allows the elite rushers to abandon all defensive responsibilities and put all their efforts into killing the opposing team’s quarterback. Many times this will lead to the defense resembling snarling dogs itching to be released, and the only way to make them sit back on their heels is to confuse them as to when the play will start, and not allow them to time it up.
Second, you want to switch up the snap count so that you can take advantage of the defense’s overzealousness and gain a couple advantages yourself by forcing them to jump offsides. Drawing the defense offsides not only sets you up with a much easier third-down attempt (the difference between third-and-7 and third-and-2 is HUGE,) but also gives the offense a free play. Anything negative that happens to the offense after the defense jumps offsides does not matter. That is why you see quarterbacks just chuck it deep, because if the ball is intercepted, its just a shrug of the shoulders and then you replay five yards closer to your goal.
So you see, cadence is critical, and while it is disappointing that the offense did not do well today, it is no reason for panic.
I fear, dear reader, that it is now time for us to part, but fear not! For we shall be reunited on the 'morrow!
P.S. You may or may not have heard that there was a bit of a scuffle between Khiry Robinson and Curtis Lofton. Some may say that it is a problem for a team to be fighting within themselves, but I say that is hogwash. When you have the offense and defense fighting each other, all it means to me is you have two sides that are extremely competitive and want to be the best. The true problem comes when you have a team that ISN’T willing to fight each other.
Hello, and welcome back, my friends! Gather 'round and let me tell you a story of how my loyal friend and compatriot Kristian Garic was able to solve my little problem that came up yesterday.
Thanks to this age of technology that we live in, and the holy ones known as the Order of Apple, Sir Garic was able to film the one-on-one pass rush drills on his iPhone. Compared to being there in person, this brought some advantage, as I was not only able to watch once, but multiple times!
The previously documented battle between Junior Galette and Terron Armstead continues to be neck-and-neck, and probably the most exciting matchup to watch. They split down the middle with each player winning once. Galette’s spin move (the same one Armstead stopped dead the other day), continues to impress the hell out of me, and he was able to win the second rep by employing this technique. I’m not sure if it is quite as good as Dwight Freeney’s legendary spin move, but I am willing to say that it is close.
Zach Strief and Cam Jordan continue to impersonate a battle of ancient titans - at times it seems as if the entire ground shakes when these two modern-day Goliaths make contact. Strief has won the war thus far, but in the one rep I saw, Cam Jordan barely was able to get one back on him. Probably some of the best contact of the day on that rep as well, as Cam used a bull-to-swim technique that is incredibly tough to combat.
As far as the centers go I am not willing to say that either Lelito or Goodwin looked particularly impressive. Neither of them got flat-out beat but neither had a dominant rep as well. These two continued to rotate throughout the team drills, and what exciting team drills they were! Hokie Gajan actually said that he thinks today may have been the greatest Saints practice he has ever seen.
There were big plays all over the field both offensively and defensively. If you were a fan in those bleachers, you absolutely got your money’s worth. Speaking of big plays, the Saints first round pick Brandin Cooks was on fire today. I know I am not supposed to follow the ball, but with a player that dynamic it is a challenge not to do so. He even took a bubble screen all the way for six! A BUBBLE SCREEN!
As a former LSU player I think it is written somewhere in my DNA to hate bubble screens, and yet Brandin Cooks may yet be the one to make me love them.
The Saints are off tomorrow, yet I am not, as I will be writing a blog about whatever shenanigans we manage to get into (sleeping and eating all day). Until then love, peace, and chicken grease… has anyone else ever seen the Pest? I had a weird thing for that movie… thought that John Leguizamo was the height of comedic genius.
P.S. I absolutely love the fact that Cooks is number 10. As a soccer fan I feel that it somehow makes him a better player automatically. Also, while I’m spitballing, does anyone else think that Cooks would have made a hell of a soccer player? World Cup 2022 Cooks for Captain… that’s right Qatar… The Flash is coming…
Today was a sad day. I woke up excited to start our "Double Coverage" broadcast and discuss everything we had witnessed over the weekend, and even more excited to watch another great Saints practice.
The first day in pads was more entertaining than every single OTA we witnessed put together. As an O-lineman I had a particularly good time watching inside run and one-on-one pass rush as mentioned in my previous blog post. However, I soon found out that I would be denied the chance to watch these modern day titans scrap, as we ran into a bit of a logistical nightmare.
"Double Coverage" runs from 6am-9am central time, however - and hold onto your seats big curveball comin here - since we are in West Virginia the show is on 7am-10am. That should be great news right? An extra hour of sleep!!! How could my job possibly get any better? Honestly, it couldn’t. Still, I had overlooked one critical detail. Practice starts a little after 8am, which means that because of my extreme dedication to "Double Coverage," I have to miss parts of practice - worse, I was unsure as to exactly what parts.
As soon as the show wrapped I packed my bag and hustled to catch multiple shuttles to make it to the practice field. I was grinning from ear to ear, as I thought I had made it just in time to watch the day’s one-on-one pass rush. Much to my dismay, I was a few minutes too late. Imagine my added disappointment when I learned that one of the most exciting inside run drills had also already wrapped up!
I fought back tears as the realization set in that I would be denied my daily dose of physical line play. Sure, there were team periods left where we still learned a lot, but I am a man who wants to see full belly-to-belly contact in a more intimate setting. Cry for me not, loyal readers, for where there is a will there is a way. In this age of technology I shall find a way to watch these drills each and every day, so I can give you the subpar insight that you have come to know and love. Until tomorrow!
P.S. Listen to "Double Coverage" tomorrow morning 6am-9am (central!) when we announce the winners of the slightly-coveted 6 available spots in the 12 man "Double Coverage" Fantasy League! We have so many great entries, and honestly, it hurts my heart that we can’t put everyone in. But just like Saints camp, cuts must be made! If you are reading this and you don’t get in tomorrow, just know that I love you and I will go to bed in a pool full of tears as I mourn what could have been…