Originally posted by Allx9er:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by Puddinhead:
Greetings...Visiting Saints fan and 28-year season ticket holder here. Should be an epic battle Sunday. Please tell Niners players not to take anything I may scream in their direction personally. LOL
I just wanted to point out that going into the San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Oakland games the Saints defense was "officially" the worst in the league. Each week, going into each game. It only turned out to matter one week--versus the Broncos and Peyton Manning at Denver. The other five games it apparently wasn't relevant where the NOLA defense ranked statistically. Now granted, the 49ers represent the most effective defense on the schedule, which is why I'm expecting such a memorable contest.
As an aside...you guys should get off that whole "bounty" BS. Just like most every other team in the league, but granted more organized that any other team exposed to date, the Saints had in place a "pay for performance" system, not a "pay for injury" system...wild-ass Gregg Williams' over-the-top pre game rhetoric aside. (Williams refused so far to testify on the league's behalf before Tagliabue, btw). As the old saying goes, the "proof is in the pudding", and thanks to the meticulous records that are kept for everything NFL and an intrepid Los Angeles Times (I think he was with the Times, anyway) reporter we've some fairly demonstrative pudding. In this case, the proof being that over the span of time the supposed "bounty" system was in place a review of opposing team injuries in games involving the Saints shows that Saints' opponents actually incurred the second lowest number of injuries in the league. Poor "evidence" for the existance of a system to reward inflicting injury on those very same teams' players.
That only proves poor execution, not lack of intent.
Either way, 49er fans are much more concerned right now with our own QB drama, then we are about the Saints drama.
I think it's pathetic that a Saints fan will come onto our board and right off the bat defend their team. I can really give a rat's a** about the bounty BS. Even with that system they had in place, it was Whitner who knocked anyone out of that game. And even more so, no Niners got hurt from that game AND the Niners WON (most importantly). So yes, as BrianGO said, lack of execution on their part indeed, even with that fiery pregame prep talk from GW.
IMHO that is not even needed. The Saints are a good team and hot right now. This is going to be a good game on both sides. No one should be underestimating anyone.