In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
I addressed some of it in the other thread. Please read there. Fact is, you're a raging homer, which all Saints fans are. But, you're good fans who have been through a lot, so Pats fan can relate to you. Nothing wrong with being a raging homer because at least you;'re a fan and support your team through and through.
But, enough with your cocky behavior on our board. You act like the game is in the bag for the Saints tomorrow, which is VERY arrogant.
And yes, you said Patrick Robinson did not make your team. It's on the "Next Week" thread and we saw many witnesses in there wondering how much you really knew about your team.
Regardless of Wil Smith being hurt, I am right on both counts. Vince Wilfork is "aging" too, but we'd still like to have a known commodity here like you would with Smith. You don't have it.
Losing him as a starter affects your depth and he sucked in the 3-4, which compromises Ryan's preferred 3-4. That means he has to run a 4-3 all year, which will fade in quality as the year goes. You'll see. You just don't like me prediction because it paints less glowing picture for you as a fan.
Curtis Lofton? Solid player, but nothing special. Atlanta walked from him for that reason. Hawthorne? Same thing. Solid player but you act he's some kind of a Pro Bowler or gamechanger and he's not. Sort of an undersized LB with some speed, poor vs the run, and solid in pass coverage.
Believe it or not, this is Boston based sports board and you won't find more educated sports fans anywhere. Some of us follow the league closely and know our material.
If you can't take it, then you should probably move on.
Oh, I can take it and haven't seen or read anything "special" about football knowledge, at least from you. I didn't say that Robinson didn't make the team. I said he wasn't a factor and no significant loss at all. And no, I never said that Lofton or Hawthorne were god's gift to ILB's, all I said was that they were far better than you implied with your limited knowledge of the Saints' roster.
Oh, and I read through the "Next Week" thread quite thoroughly and it was only you that implied I didn't didn't know about my own team. That doesn't surprise me as you come across as your classic know-it-all the whole while being full of kaka. Yes, you know what virtually any average person with a minimal amount of effort can ascertain from the world wide web, but you are nothing special. I'm sorry. At least when it comes to the New Orleans Saints.
As for Wilfork versus Smith, Wilfork, while aging, was still a significant cog in your defense. On the other hand, Smith was an underperforming round peg that was not fitting into the square hole of the Ryan defense and was not much of a loss at all.
Finally, reread that convoluted attempt that I bolded earlier in your post of this reply. You state that losing Smith, who you correctly stated sucked in the 3-4, would compromise Ryan's ability to run the 3-4 (??? what the ...?) and would force Ryan to run the 4-3 all year.
Sorry, Harv. Major fail there.