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Heart says Saints, performance says Colts

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, February 7th, 2010 at 2:27 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Headed out to a Super Bowl party hosted by a Louisiana native who won’t be thrilled with my prediction in today’s papers.

Judging from the way the Saints ended the season, as well as shaky NFC title game win over Minnesota, I just don’t see them being as good as they were 12 games into the season.

Indianapolis 38, New Orleans 24.

Hoping my big pot of jambalaya with andouille sausage, smoked ham and blackened chicken breast will earn me entry despite forecasting the downfall of the Saints. I’d like to see the Saints win, by the way, and keep in mind I also predicted a Pittsburgh blowout last season and it was instead a nail-biter.

Enjoy the game . . .

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  • JB

    Saints showed what can happen when you have an NFL caliber quality QB and a HC that has imagination. Oh, forgot to mention, an owner that doesn’t meddle with the tam and lets the coaching staff run the show.

    Are you listening Al?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    JB,

    Al is giong to do things his way.

    JaDavis will be the starter this year and lets hope that he learned what being a champion is all about by watching a couple of champions on tv tonight.

    Of course, JaDavis is just like a rookie in that he is just learning how to do the bare minimum….like be in shape!

  • JB

    Props to the Colts too – for getting to the SB and for being competitive the whole game. this is the first time I rooted against Peyton Manning. He’s also a real class act. All QB’s should model themselves after his work ethic and field general leadership. Something that we obviously don’t have.

  • Raiders4eve

    SnB

    I like Jermon Bushrod OT and Jahri Evans OG, I think they will resign both of them but Jammal Brown LT will be high commodity in the free agency. Sharper would definitely resign. If we get lucky we get Jahri Evans thats a guy we need badly.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Raiders4eve Says:
    February 7th, 2010 at 6:56 pm
    SnB

    I like Jermon Bushrod OT and Jahri Evans OG, I think they will resign both of them but Jammal Brown LT will be high commodity in the free agency. Sharper would definitely resign. If we get lucky we get Jahri Evans thats a guy we need badly.
    ======================================================
    So how much will Al Davis have to OVERPAY to get him to come to Oakland?

  • JB

    That on-side kick at the opening of the 3rd quarter was a real ballzy call. But, that’s Sean Payton, a real ballzy guy.

  • jhill

    None of those guys are coming SnB …

    Only guy that had a chance was Porter, and he’s not a FA…. Is he?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Al tried to interview Sean Payton….oh well

    We got Cable!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Go Saints!!

  • jhill

    Actually, we have Jackson!

  • jhill

    The best way to beat Manning is by keeping him off the field. Saints basically ran the ball through the air with all those underneath routes.

  • Raiders4eve

    SnB

    He is a guard, a 15 mill signing bonus should do it. He is good guard maybe top 10 in the league, a probowler, the good thing AL could make him the most payed guard in the league and his contract would begin with something like $6 mill I guess. So if AL is willing to invest his money there, he could cut JR $9 mill, pay him $3 mill to spend it in Vegas and you have the $6 mill to sign a guy who can solidify this Offensive Line.

  • Raiders4eve

    Wassup Jhill, you still think JR can lead us to SB lol?

  • JB

    Dakota

    My man Cedrick Ellis just got a SB ring. Your guy Dmac just ends up with a finger. Kind of prophetic.

  • jhill

    Wassup 4eve,

    Just because I said we were losing when Jafukdus came in the game = him taking us to the SB?

    Well I hope he does take us there if he’s actually the starting QB.

  • jhill

    I will say that I think the offense is headed in the right direction by getting Cable some help with all the hats he was wearing. Getting an OC was HUGE. I think we will see a lot more running and creative use of DMAC, DHB, and the other guys.

    I don’t think it’s going to be about Jafukdus and DHB. And because it won’t be about them, I think they will be much better.

  • Raiders4eve

    I still think we need a real maestro, a general of the offense, a true leader who can lead the troops, that man is clearly not JR, we need a true veteran QB to take us to the promised land. I hope JR gets a new revelation in his mind, but he is still showing his bling bling in the Suns game, he still looked fat and I dont see him ever learning the position or putting the work like Drew Brees or Manning. Hopefully, Grad can lead us at least he is here in Oakland working hard, who knows maybe Schillens, DHB and Murphy are working out with him.

  • jhill

    What we really need is to exploit our running game. Russell, Grads, or whoever we have can hand the ball off just fine. They can also run play action well enough off of that running game.

    Our defense is going to be what gets us to the next level. We need to stop giving up all those big plays and we can be there with no problem.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Raiders4eve,

    To put in the work that Brees, Manning and others put in means you have to actually like football…let alone love football.

    JaDavis doesn’t appear to me to be a guy that likes football at this point. He is more interested in living the lifestyle.

    The Raiders are in a bad place….hopefully Hue Jackson can turn this around and Al let’s the coaches do their job

  • jhill

    Murphy, Chaz, Miller, Meyers, and DMAC. Those guys will be open and Russell, or whoever hitting them 50% of the time will be what I expect. that with a decent running game is as good as it’s going to get.

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap, guess what I saw,…fa-fa-fa-football!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Jhill,

    Getting the defense right means new DTs and a new MLB.

    Do you see that happening?

  • jhill

    SnB,

    Why didn’t Russell just take the guaranteed 3 million plues the other 30 million he already received and just fade away?

    Why is he in Az now getting ready for next season?

  • jhill

    SnB,

    Who were the DTs playing tonight?

  • souldogdave

    Eat your words, Jerry. The Saints came marching in. Was all Brees after the first half. Manning was off the field. That last pick/TD took away their last chance to score, get onsides kick and score again just to get to O.T. Yeah, right. So much for the Manning vs. Montana debate, not close. Tom Brady has 3 rings. The window is closing for the Colts. WooHoo.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    jhill Says:
    February 7th, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    SnB,

    Why didn’t Russell just take the guaranteed 3 million plues the other 30 million he already received and just fade away?

    Why is he in Az now getting ready for next season?
    ======================================================
    Pride. JaDavis still has some pride. Also, JaDavis was probably told he would lose the balance of his contract if he didn’t shape up.

    All I am saying is that I don’t think he LOVES football like Manning or Brees does. Why does he have to be prodded to do these basics? That’s not a good sign at all.

    I rooting for the kid because he will be the starting QB and I am SICK AND TIRED of watching football games that don’t matter.

    Russell is either immature or indifferent. His teammates don’t like him and there isn’t a person that says anything positive about the guy…except Al Davis.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Sedrick Ellis was one of them….

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    JHill,

    You also know that no Raider offense is going to be explosive. The Raiders are a 13 to 17 pts a game offense if everything is working well.

    The Raiders have to go the defense route. Try to build a dominating defense…not an ok defense.

  • jhill

    SnB,

    Dree Brees is 31 years old.

    Peyton Manning is 34.

    Russell is 24.

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap,…da football season, she over.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Jhill,

    JaDavis is not even doing the basics right now. Like staying in shape etc….Do you see JaDavis being the so-called 1st guy in. Do you see him in the building on vacations working on his game.

    I just don’t see it. I hope I am wrong…but JaDavis is acting like a Lottery winner

  • jhill

    I disagree SnB.

    I use game one of an example of how we should play. Even with the miscues, we still put up 20 pts.

  • jhill

    Russell is not Peyton Manning or Brees. Can we not go there again.

    Russell can go 13/25 200 yds 2 TDs 2 INTs and we can still win!

  • Dark Forces

    The 13 year old Kiffin just recruited has a better chance of winning the Super Bowl than JaBustus.

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