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Sunday, August 27, 2006

It's just the preseason, right?

New Orleans Saints fans can take comfort in knowing it's just the preseason.

The team doesn't look like it's running on all cylinders but there are a few weeks until the regular season begins. However, it may take more than a few weeks to make the Saints a contender.

Drew Brees is starting to play better, although he threw a few interceptions Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts and overthrew receivers on a couple plays. Deuce McAllister and Joe Horn are healthy and running well and rookie Reggie Bush has shown several flashes of brilliance -- despite a fumble Saturday -- in his limited game action.

The biggest worry is on defense, where there is not one player who stands out. Sure Mike McKenzie stood out Saturday -- he was flagged three times for pass interference -- but if the Saints' defensive line and linebackers were able to bring any pressure maybe McKenzie would not have been beaten so badly. The defensive line is slow and ineffective and the linebackers aren't much better.

The Saints have a short week of preparation then play the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night in their final exhibition game. After that, you can't blame the poor play on it being the preseason.


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