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Blache Gives Wilson High Marks

Apparently, former defensive end Chris Wilson is faring well in his transition from a pass-rush specialist to a strong-side linebacker. Or at least Greg Blache thinks so.

The notoriously hard-to-impress defensive coordinator had some nice things to say about the hard-working Wilson. "He's done a good job," Blache said. "He's adjusted to it, as far as being able to play off the ball. He still has some work to do with his eyes. He's got a tendency to want to peak back at the quarterback too much.

"But when he keeps his eyes on his work, he's done a pretty good job for us. I think he'll make the football team and add some depth to us being able to come off the ball and play some linebacker."

By Jason Reid  |  August 26, 2009; 1:50 PM ET
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Can we get an update on how things went on the field today?

Posted by: jm220 | August 26, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | August 26, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Boy, if I'm a bubble guy, I'd like hearing this kind of stuff.

And if I'm a bubble guy and not hearing this kind of stuff.

Well.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | August 26, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Wilson is the type of guy I'd sign to an extension for relatively low money. You can always use a guy like Wilson for your team.

Posted by: psps23 | August 26, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

dc, the saints don't have a defense to back up their offense...thats their drawback....G-Will is gonna have to make chicken salad with chicken shinola....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 26, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse


I guess you missed the Saints offseason. Their defensive trouble was in the secondary. They added Jabari Greer from Buffalo, Darren Sharper from Minnesota, and drafted Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins will cover the slot instead of our hero leigh torrence or bust jason david. Tracy porter was injured last year too but he's back. I think the only one who is staying is Roman Harper.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | August 26, 2009 2:09 PM

BGreg, agree to disagree ... see PA17 here. Some serious shinola upgrades, including some D-line help (Paul Spicer). In NO, they are in better shape with "In Gregg they Trust". At a minimum, their attack will be more interesting and they will have a system installed where unknowns can thrive just by doing their jobs.

Chris Wilson = one of my Hail Mary hopes for special teams tackling ... I have fears on teams coverage, esp. if Rock stays hurt and gets cut. Rock and Khary Campbell were the tackling guys on teams.

Posted by: dcsween | August 26, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Even a marginal upgrade in Saints Defense makes them a playoff contender. drew brees is the MAN!

Posted by: chrislarry | August 26, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Even a marginal upgrade in Saints Defense makes them a playoff contender. drew brees is the MAN! Posted by: chrislarry"

Doncha think they have the same problem other offensive teams have had? --scoring too fast and keeping the defense on the field for long stretches that leave the stoppers tired at game's end?


Posted by: Samson151 | August 26, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The real Jason Campbell story

Campbell has always been asked to win games. Make the smart decision and be a game manager.

Campbell has never been given the opportunity to become a better passer by learning his limits. Essentially, Campbell has never been given the opportunity to fail -- and learn his limits from these failures.

From Peyton Manning to troy aikman to Steve Young and even to Matt Hasselback, QBs need to experience this "playing on the edge" in order to really learn the game. It involves failure. But these 'failures' are how QBs learn. Experienced QBs frequently talk about the game "slowing down" as they gain experience.

Campbell has always been coached to avoid errors. If the goal was to win games, this was the correct choice. If the goal was to invest in Campbell, let him make some mistakes and develop him as a passer, then this was the wrong choice.

What we have in Campbell is a decent QB who is good game manager, and that is not something to be dismissed. There is considerable value in 'playing smart'.

But until the coaches decide that they are willing to invest in Campbell the player, even if it is at the expense of the team, Campbell's upside is going to be limited.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 26, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"The notoriously hard-to-impress defensive coordinator had some nice things to say about the hard-working Wilson. "...He's got a tendency to want to peak back at the quarterback too much."

Some people say men peak at 18. Me, I'm just peaking now at 45. But if I were an LB, I'm sure I'd never peek at the quarterback.

Posted by: GoTeamGoTeamGooooooTeamYay | August 26, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I liked his body of work so far this year also. Haven't heard much from ROB JACKSON though.

Posted by: glawrence007 | August 26, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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