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I was bored last night and I watched this game before I went to bed. Thanks to the member on here who sent me this game a few years ago!

This game is one of the few that stood out to me back then during the 1998 season because the Falcons went 14-2 and we almost beat them. We held Anderson in check for most of the game (even though he had 100 yards).

I was a Billy Joe Tolliver fan after this game, and he looked great. I thought that we had our QB of the future (even though we just signed Kerry Collins). He was able to scramble, he knew how to use his pocket and he had a cannon for an arm.

After watching this game I noticed:
  • That we shot ourselves in the foot while we were in scoring range.
  • We knocked out Chris Chandler and had to finish the second half against a 44 year Steve Deberg.
  • Our WRs dropped sure TD passes.
  • Cam Cleeland could have been one of the greats for us if injuries have not occurred.
  • Our offense was completely terrible and very predictable!!
  • Our defense was amazing! There was too much talent on that defense to not be in the playoffs.
  • Keith Poole was underrated.
  • Zaven Yaralian was the modern day Greg Williams.

I'm curious as to why Zaven didn't continue to coach after he left the Saints?
 

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Exactly!
Randy Mueller was a great GM for us, but I don't know what was going through his mind when he allowed them to walk.

I know that the "Heavy Lunch Bunch" was a terrible idea. Maybe he was trying to mimic the 2000 Ravens D-Line.
That was the plan. Unfortunately our middle linebacker wasn't Ray Lewis.
In fact, he wasn't Lewis to such an extent that he was outran by Mike Alstott.
 
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That was the plan. Unfortunately our middle linebacker wasn't Ray Lewis.
In fact, he wasn't Lewis to such an extent that he was outran by Mike Alstott.
Wow! That's pretty rough!
If I remember correctly, Norman Hand regressed, and I don't recalled Grady Jackson offering much either. I believe the word was out that by the second half, those two were pretty gassed and all you had to do was run up the middle.
 

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Even though the Cowgirls came in banged up and aging (the "Triplets," to be specific), I think that game was the most impressive showing of 1998, when we kinda-sorta thought Ditka could work out as a coach. Plus, it was always cool to have Madden and Summerall do a Saints game back then. It didn't happen very often! .......

This game was the reason I found Saintsreport (back when it was Ironera.com)!!!

I was at the LSU computer lab on the day following that game and I was so hyped about the outcome that I started searching the internet for Saints message boards so I could see if anyone else was as hyped and stoked as I was -- and the rest is history.
 

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Wow! That's pretty rough!
If I remember correctly, Norman Hand regressed, and I don't recalled Grady Jackson offering much either. I believe the word was out that by the second half, those two were pretty gassed and all you had to do was run up the middle.
Charlie Clemons was a good pass-rusher, fast enough to get to the QB with a good motor. Then they tried to make him into Ray Lewis and we learned that quick is not equal to fast.
Norman and Grady had some aggravating flashes where you could see what the plan was and how well it could work, if only...

I recall one play in particular where Grady just bum-rushed the opposing LG right into the QB in a perfectly straight line. He didn't even slow down. It made you think that with interior pressure like that, we didn't need speed at the DT spot. We'd make 'em double Norman and Grady or have the QB engulfed before he could finish his dropback. They just never kept it up for long.
 

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Norman Hand was great in 2000 and gained too much weight and wasn’t the same in 2001 or beyond. Glover was thought to be too small which was a huge mistake. The team was undisciplined as a whole with poor conditioning. Joe Johnson wanted a huge contract and went to Green Bay. Sammy Knight wanted big money and went to JAX. The FO was dumping Ditka players and reshaping the team which was hit and miss. O-line and D-Line were both dismantled which is where it all went wrong. It remained a primary reason for our struggle until Payton fixed it in 2006.
 

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