Sports Illustrated Reporters Differ On Saints Prospects For 2009 2009: Saints Rookie

Sports Illustrated reporters differ on Saints prospects for 2009

With the Saints rookie minicamp out of the way, we’re about to enter into a real dead zone of information and news in the
NFL. Until the Saints’ veteran minicamp in June, there’s just not a lot happening. That makes it a good time to solicit mailbag questions. It’s been awhile since the last one so if you have any lingering questions, fire away. Send your questions to And remember to include your name and place of residence. Deuce McAllister’s charity tournament is on Friday, Reggie Bush will hold his first youth football camp on Saturday, the same day that Drew Brees will conduct a charity event in the French Quarter for his foundation. We’ll try to get some information from those guys, as well. Meantime, let’s take a look at some news of note to Saints fans around the Web: • Rival Sports Illustrated writers, Peter King and Don Banks, have contrasting opinions about the Saints’ prospects in 2009. I’m sure Saints fans will take exception to King’s point of view. The Saints offense, Banks said, “is special (a league-high 463 points), and with six of its eight losses by a combined 18 points, New Orleans was tantalizingly close to winning and winning big. … The Saints hired veteran defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to fix the problem, and I think it’ll be remembered as one of the most pivotal moves of the NFL’s offseason.” King, meanwhile, is . He ranks the Saints 24th out of 32 teams, saying “unless Gregg Williams can find a better-than-average pass-rush by maneuvering some average chess pieces — and unless Jonathan Vilma plays like Superman, and Jabari Greer and Malcolm Jenkins cover like Deion — this defense is not going to be good enough to win eight games.”
• Banks also takes who need to break out during the 2009 season. Among them: Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.

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