Saints Linkage: Hartley not on short leash, but offense trying to get on track

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Saints Linkage: Hartley not on short leash, but offense trying to get on track

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by Bradley Handwerger / Eyewitness Sports

wwltv.com

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 15 at 1:01 PM

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Hello and good Friday, Who Dats. A decent bit of stories on the web to link to as the Saints begin to finish preparations for their game against Tampa Bay.

Legend Jim Henderson wonders if the NFC South will yet again see a worst to first finish.

The question heading into Sunday's game is it a game they should win or is it a game they must win?

Regardless, the Saints say there's no curse or hangover at play.

Randall Gay and Pierre Thomas once again sat out practice on Thursday.

In our weekly look inside the numbers, we wonder if the Saints can bounce back.

Elsewhere around the region:
Sheldon Mickles of the Baton Rouge Advocate tries to piece together the mystery that is the Saints' offense.

Mickles also says that Garrett Hartley is not on a short leash.

Brian Allee-Walsh of NewOrleans.com writes about the offense trying to get back on track.

Chris Singleton of the Houma Courier says the Saints did a good thing in trying to help Vandebilt Catholic recover from the devastating loss of several students recently.

Mike Triplett of the T-P/NOLA.com syndicate writes that the onus is on the line to get things corrected.

Peter Finney of the T-P/NOLA.com group says Sean Payton is playing with the some of the same cards but from a new deck this season.

Nationally speaking
Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com writes about injuries around the NFC South.

Peter King of SI.com gives us the reasons he thinks the Saints are struggling.

Marquita Brown of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger writes about Deuce McAllister.

Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times says the Bucs expect to be blitzed early and often.

Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger in Florida writes that the Saints' run hasn't been special this year.

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