Sunday, August 2, 2009

New Orleans Scuttlebutt 8-1-09

Posted By on Sun, Aug 2, 2009 at 3:19 AM

by Clay A. Smith

If coach Williams' defense led on all score cards at the end of round one, then round two was without question a TKO for coach Payton and the offense.  At the second half of Saturday's training camp Drew Brees dissected the Saints' "D" with surgical precision.

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Brees completed all of his passes including a deep flea-flicker to his favorite target, Marques Colston, who is showing no ill effects from off-season knee surgery. Colston had a great practice, leaping over defenders to make acrobatic catches.

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Practice was moved to the Saints indoor facility because of the rain. Even though both offense and defense were in shorts, helmets, and shoulders pads there was still a lot of contact. As a precautionary measure, Reggie Bush was held out of the second half of practice to avoid re-injuring his left knee. Despite Bush's absence, Brees and the offense never stopped attacking.

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While the offense continued to establish their dominants, tempers inevitably flared, causing rugby style "scrums" to spring up all over the field-with two occurring simultaneously.

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"I like  the competitive nature of the way we're practicing," said Payton. "We just want to be careful and not do something stupid and get someone hurt."

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Its only been two days, and although the team looks sharp, their already at each other's throats. Coach Payton would do well to curb some of his team's "competitive" enthusiasm. Because if things continue the way they're going, he might not have anyone left to play once the season starts.

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