Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Saints should have had a safety
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints should have been
awarded a safety in the first quarter of Sunday's 23-20 overtime
loss to the Carolina Panthers at the Superdome, coach Jim Haslett
Referee Mike Carey initially called intentional grounding on
Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme in the Panthers' end zone. But,
after conferring with other officials, Carey waved off the penalty.
Carey said Panthers tight end Mike Seidman was in the
"vicinity" when Delhomme flipped the ball backhanded to avoid a
sack with 11:59 remaining in the first quarter.
"Hell, I was in the vicinity," Haslett said. "There was
nobody anywhere. The tight end (Seidman) was 15 yards away. To me,
the quarterback should be trying to throw it to somebody. He wasn't
trying to throw it to anybody. He was trying to save his life. But
there was nobody in the area."
Haslett said Carey's call directly impacted the outcome, and he
would submit that play along with others to the league office for
DYNAMIC DUO: Saints running back Deuce McAllister, who has
rushed for 761 yards in eight games this season, is on pace to rush
for a career-high 1,522 yards.
Wide receiver Joe Horn, who has caught 45 passes for 537 yards
and six touchdowns, is on pace to catch 90 passes for 1,074 yards
and 12 touchdowns.
INJURY REPORT: Saints reserve running back James Fenderson is
expected to be sidelined for Sunday's game and possibly longer
after spraining a ligament in his left foot.
Also, defensive linemen Kenny Smith (knee) and Kenderick Allen
(knee), wide receiver Donte' Stallworth (quadriceps) and strongside
linebacker Sedrick Hodge (leg) will be evaluated on a daily basis.
THIRD-AND-GOOD: Despite converting two of 12 third-down
situations Sunday, the Saints continue to lead the NFL in
third-down efficiency with a 49.1 success rate.
TICKET UPDATE: Although each technically is a sellout,
approximately 200 tickets remain for upcoming home games against
Atlanta on Nov. 16 and Tampa Bay on Dec. 7.
Ticket prices range from $65 to $150.