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Chucky's Chalk Talk vs. the Saints

By RICK STROUD, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 8, 2002

Bucs coach Jon " Chucky" Gruden on the New Orleans Saints.

On the Saints offense: "We're facing an offense that has tremendous skill-position receivers. They've got (Donte) Stallworth and (Joe) Horn, two guys that can really run. (Deuce) McAllister is a guy that lines up in any eligible position and Aaron Brooks is a guy who keeps you alive. So they're very dangerous on both sides of the ball.

On the Saints putting their faith in McAllister: "You can see why. He's a first-round draft pick. He's a great receiver. They can line him up in any eligible position, and he's functional. He can run all kinds of routes as a receiver. He comes out of the backfield with authority as a receiver. He's a good inside-outside runner, and he's a very quick and elusive guy. And he's bulked up. He looks a lot bigger to me. You're going to have to gang-tackle this guy to have success against him when he runs the ball."

On the Saints defense under coach Jim Haslett: "'We're facing a very complex defensive scheme. They've added Grady Jackson to go with (defensive tackle) Norman Hand. They've got a very big, massive inside part of their defense with (safety) Sammy Knight as a real good internal defender. And they've got a really diverse scheme."

On opening the season with an NFC South opponent: "We obviously want to win our home games and start our season right. I'm excited. I think our team is excited. We have a lot to prove, obviously. We've got a long way to go to get to where we want to be. We've worked hard to get there and this Sunday's going to give us a real clear indication where we are."


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