mikus wrote:Before the Saints signed Drew Brees, the team had already sold 25,000 season tickets, which is nearly double what the team sold by this time last year. I am sure that there will be a correlative spike in ticket sales following this signing of Brees and the other activity of the Saints in the free agent market.
"Part of the surge has been the result of many ticket holders having money remaining in their accounts because of the cancellation of the New Orleans games last season, the team said. Other interest, the team said, is likely being generated by the offering of more than 20,000 seats at $35 or less. This year's package consists of eight games instead of nine or 10 because home exhibition games will be played at other venues around the state."
Leftover money. Discounted tickets. Ticket packages that consist of more games for less money. The threat of losing an NFL franchise. Of course they're selling more tickets, but considering the circumstances and incentives the Saints are offering it certainly doesn't mean that the franchise is in better shape.
mikus wrote:I think the team will stay in New Orleans for quite some time. Tom Benson has come out and given a verbal committment to honor his current contract, which runs for a few more seasons. The Saints will be in New Orleans for at least the foreseeable future.
You "think" the team will stay in N.O., but you don't "know". And that's my point. The air of uncertainty which surrounds the Saints just isn't attractive to prospective free agents. Hence the need to "overpay". As far as Benson's "verbal committment" is concerned, surely you don't take that as gospel...do you? Isn't this the same guy who was knocking over cameras, firing off emails threatening to NEVER come back to Louisiana? Isn't this the same guy who issued a statement within days of "Katrina" that he was moving the team to San Antonio. It later surfaced that he was trying to make the move permanent, but was talked out of it by former VP Arnold Fielkow. Later Mr Benson fired Fielkow, a move predicated on his insistence that the Saints play some games in Baton Rouge's Tiger Stadium. Do you really trust Tom Benson to keep his word(ie. verbal committment)?
Ray Nagin (Dec. 27th): "We look forward to the day when the Saints organization will fully commit to this community and be a vital part of our recovery for many years to come.”
The implication is clear. Nagin would like the Saints to make a sweeping committment to the city of N.O. but Benson and the Saints have yet to do so. Again, why the optimism?
mikus wrote:As for the rushing attack, I can only believe the team will once again be productive in this area. With Deuce coming back and help from a very capable back in Michael Bennett, the team is going to improve in this area. Also, should the Saints sure up the O-Line with a good draft, the rushing attack will only benefit.
How many RB's are truly effective less than one season removed from ACL surgery? Not many. You're obviously counting on Deuce being an exception. With his recent injury history I wouldn't count on it. Michael Bennett. "Very capable". It's been years since I've seen those two in the same sentence. What exactly has Bennett accomplished? 3.8 ypc last two seasons. Hasn't rushed for more than 473 yards in four seasons. Never scored more than 5 TD's in a season. And Deuce looks like the most durable back on the planet in comparison. I can think of a number of ways to describe Bennett. "Very capable" isn't one of 'em.
mikus wrote:I think if you are going to make an argument against the Saints, at least know what you are talking about first. Do a little research please.
I'm really not "against the Saints". They belong in New Orleans and I've enjoyed watching guys like Jackson, Mills, and Pollard blowin' guys up back in the 80's - 90's. I wish 'em all the best.
But I think it's pretty clear that if Brees was really that enamored with New Orleans then he simply wouldn't have made the trip to Miami and subsequently issued a press release on the deal 5 - 10 minutes after the Culpepper trade was announced
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